Saturday, September 23, 2017

Week of September 18-22

We have really increased our reading stamina both alone and with a partner! We are working on dropping any bad reading habits (such as mumbling unknown words, freezing and doing nothing, or saying a nonsense word) and picking up good habits (such as checking the picture, looking at the beginning, middle, and end of the word, and getting a running start from the beginning of the sentence.)

In writing, we set up a museum of our best small moment stories. We walked around, reading each other's writing and leaving compliments on a note
 Social studies was the highlight of the week! We learned about how cultures are alike and different. 
We tried eating with chopsticks.

We saw some real items from China, including traditional clothing... 

... Chinese newspapers ...

... and a lion mask!

We tried our hand at painting Chinese characters.

This Barbie is dressed in traditional Polish clothing.

We danced the Mexican Hat Dance around a sombrero.

We made papel picado, a traditional Mexican paper craft. 

We hit a pinata!
We also celebrated one student's Name Day, as part of her Greek heritage. What a wonderful world full of culture! 


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week of Sept. 11-15

In math, we learned how to collect data and graph the results. The students wrote questions that could be answered with YES or NO. They asked at least 10 friends and then graphed how many people chose each answer. 
When asked, "Do you like ice cream?" every person said YES!

collecting data
You might wonder why these 1st graders are reading with spoons...
They are "scooping words in phrases" to make their reading sound smooth! No more sounding like robots and reading one -- word -- at -- a -- time!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Week of September 5-8

During our second week of school, we have started to get into a nice routine. Here are some things we did this week.
This math game was a popular one! We played this to practice identifying numbers to 20, to practice building graphs, and to talk a little about the probability of landing on a particular number. This will lead into next week's learning about finding the difference between two numbers on a graph.

We planted brassica seeds. Most of our Insects and Plants science unit will be taught in the Spring, but we're doing this part early because we share materials with the other class -- and because we had the perfect afternoon for planting!

Watering the seeds

The losing of teeth has begun! We have some adorable first grade smiles! When the students lose a tooth, they get a special sticker to mark the occasion, and we add a tooth to our graph on the wall.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reading and Math

We have been working on building our reading stamina for reading alone and reading with a partner. Here are some photos from our first try at partner reading today. 

In math, we created a graph to show the most popular number between 1 and 6. The number 6 was the most popular by far! We started to learn about how to find the difference between two choices on a graph.

Monday, August 28, 2017

1st Day of 1st Grade 2017-2018

We had a great first day of school together!
Concentrating while decorating a leaf

Exploring math materials

The rain even let up enough that we got to play outside!

Friday, March 31, 2017

American Symbols

Check out some of the pictures we drew of the Statue of Liberty! We also learned about the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Liberty Bell, and more.

Reading Adventures, Here We Come!

We have been reading lots of fiction. We meet new characters and go on adventures with them. Your child probably brought home a "suitcase" with the reading strategies he or she is really good at using, and a sticky note with a strategy to practice using even more.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Here's What We've Been Up To!

First Grade has been a busy place!
We celebrated Valentine's Day with cards for friends, and lots of treats.
 (Thank you, families!)

 We learned about dental health with the help of some friends from 
Little Sprouts.
 (Thank you for the lesson and the bags of materials to keep our teeth healthy!)
deciding if foods would make a "happy tooth" or a "sad tooth"

four friends dressed up as teeth...

learning proper brushing technique!
 We made different types of bird-feeders to hang in the woods.

 And most recently, we have been learning about voting. We read The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (as told by the wolf). Then we held a class election -- complete with "I Voted" stickers -- about which story we believe. The pigs won over the wolf, 18 to 7!