Saturday, February 17, 2018

We had another mindfulness lesson from Erica Marcus on Wednesday!  This week we started focusing on how our minds can act much like a puppy: wandering away, digging up worries, and not listening.  To bring back our puppy minds Erica helped us practice taking three long, slow breaths to refocus.
We had a big, kindness-filled Valentine's Day celebration in our classroom!
We celebrated 100 days of first grade!  We each made an exhibit for our 100's museum, then Mrs. Lincoln's class visited and did a gallery walk!

Happy vacation, everyone!

Friday, February 9, 2018

This week we started learning about and experimenting with force!  Students created top designs and explored what happens to the motion of the top when varying amounts of force are used on it.
We have started a six week mindfulness initiative at Rowe School!  Erica Marcus joined us this week to help us develop our 'meerkat mindful bodies' and practice being still and listening in a new way.  She will visit our classroom to teach us new mindfulness strategies each week over the next six weeks.  Be sure to ask your child to show you what we are practicing!

In writers workshop we've started writing informational texts.  Students have spent this week brainstorming ideas, planning their pages, writing interesting words, and adding text features!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Students have started getting responses to their persuasive letters!  We received letters from the Maine Wildlife Park and Yarmouth's town manager this week!

In math we've started studying time!
In readers workshop we've been working on comparing and contrasting two non-fiction books on the same topic.
In science we designed and built mobiles that are now hanging in our classroom!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Kindness is definitely the word of the week in room 108!  We've been talking about kindness, reading books about kindness, and most importantly, committing acts of kindness!  We created a Kindness Corner on Monday and students have worked hard this week to fill it with kindness hearts full of all the kind and helpful things they are doing while at school.  If you have any good book recommendations that focus on kindness, we'd love it if you'd pass the titles on to us!
In science we are continuing to experiment with balance and counterweights.  Students have been experimenting with all kinds of materials and are drawing and writing about their scientific findings in their science journals.
In math we are focusing on our addition and subtraction fact fluency to 20, as well as adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.
Students have started creating How To books in writers workshop.  This week we've focused on drawing soomed-in, detailed teaching pictures and using transition words to keep the steps organized.

Friday, January 19, 2018

We've done more detailed balancing experiments over this last week.
Mrs. Wolinsky introduced Bluebots on Friday.  Students got a chance to explore the mats and bots and experimented with some programming.
In math students have been practicing different strategies for adding two and three digit numbers.  They're now working on creating number challenges for each other!
In readers workshop we've been focusing on learning more from the text features in our non-fiction books.  On Friday, we shared our new knowledge with our kindergarten buddies!

Friday, January 12, 2018

We experimented with counterweights in science this week!

In math we've been practicing exchanging coins and base 10 blocks, as well as finding the difference between two sums of money.
The persuasive letters are flowing!  Room 108 is full of budding activists ready to make a change!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!

Our first week of 2018 was a short one, but we managed to squeeze in a lot of learning!

We started the week by updating our hopes and dreams for the new year.
In writers workshop we have started writing persuasive letters!  If your child writes you a letter, please consider writing a return letter for our class to read together.  We got some great inspiration from the book I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff...maybe it will inspire you, too!

In readers workshop we've started studying non-fiction books.  Soon, students will be completing a special non-fiction book sheet for each informational text they read.
In math we've been practicing comparing numbers using > , < , and =, measuring intricate paths, and creating number scrolls that go beyond 120.
In science we have started a unit on balance and motion.  This unit gives students a chance to develop some engineering skills, use the concept of trial and error in science, and flex their perseverance muscles!