Friday, November 17, 2017

Week of November 13-16

This week, in social studies, we learned more about Native Americans, who were the first people to live in North America. Then we learned about Christopher Columbus, who was an explorer. Explorers came to find things like gold and spices, and then they returned to their homes. Next week we will learn about settlers, like the Pilgrims.
Columbus's three ships...

...the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria
We finished our Word Detectives reading unit with a mysterious message from the Super Secret Detective Agency.
Viewing the message

Using clues we found around the room to open the locks on a mysterious box

This clue was written in invisible ink that could be viewed with a special flashlight

A puzzle gave another clue

Opening the final lock

What will be in the box?

The box held Ring Pops and a note of congratulations! We will use all the skills we gained as Word Detectives to continue to solve the cases of tricky words we encounter in our reading!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Week of November 6-10

We started learning about 2-D shapes this week in math class. Who knew shapes could be so much fun?

 The Math-a-Thon test is coming up next week, on Thursday, November 16th. 

These are the problems the 1st graders should study to be ready for the Math-a-Thon.

Field Trip to Lannon Stone Products Jackson Quarry

A highlight of the week of October 30-November 3 was our field trip to the quarry! The workers gave us a guided tour, connected to our science unit on Pebbles, Sand, and Silt.

We were amazed by all the big machinery as we drove in!

The green machine crushes big rocks into smaller pieces.

We loved being able to get off the bus and explore some machines that had been disabled for our safety.

We found some great rocks to take home. Some had fossils or crystals!

A HUGE thank you to Jackson Quarry for inspiring these 1st grade geologists!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week of Oct. 23-26

Our first graders have been receiving top secret reading missions from the Super Secret Detective Agency. They have learned to notice problems in their reading so they can stop to solve the problems. They are looking carefully at all the parts of the word and doing a s-l-o-w check to make sure they got it right.

In math, we measured the length of objects with non-standard units, such as blocks or chain links.

In science, we learned about silt, which is made of pieces of rock even smaller than sand. We found out that clay is even smaller than silt!

In writing, we have started "How-To" pieces. We had a chance to put our knowledge of how-to writing into action when we followed instructions on how to make slime.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Week of Oct. 16-20

We had some fun learning with gourds this week. In math, we used pan balances and different math materials to see what would balance our gourds.

We also used "inchworms" to make belts for our gourds. 
Then, in small groups, we lined up the belts from shortest to longest to compare the sizes. 
We used our gourds during writing time, too! We wrote descriptions of our gourds using sensory words. Then we put our gourds in the middle of a circle, listened to a description, and tried to pick out the gourd being described. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week of Oct. 9-12

This week in math, we learned about the tens place and the ones place in two-digit numbers. We learned that we can represent the same number in a variety of ways.

We met our 4th grade reading buddies and had our first opportunity to read with them!

In science, we separated a mixture of rocks by their sizes. We used screens with different sized holes to do it.

On Thursday, we participated in an all-school art project by helping to create a giant chalk mural in front of Woodview.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Week of Oct. 2-6

This week in reading, we had our first class discussion about a book. We talked about the decision the animals made in Farmer Duck. We practiced taking turns without raising hands and responding to what other people said. We learned to politely disagree by saying, "I disagree because..."

In science, we washed rocks to see how their properties changed.
Some rocks became shiny.

Some rocks became darker.

This rock (scoria) bubbled when it was placed in water!
We found rocks outdoors, and we sorted them by their properties.

In math, we played different games and did activities to help us learn addition doubles facts.

Using the mirror to figure out doubles

 We also learned to tell time to the hour.

We went on a noun hunt throughout the school. 
We hunted for nouns in other classrooms....

... and in the office.

Even our stuffed animals learned at school this week!