Friday, March 16, 2018

Our science project this week focused on creating runway systems for a sphere, with the goal of using gravity to get the sphere from one end of the runway all the way to the other.  The design process was amazing to watch!  There were slopes, curves, spirals, and loop-de-loops! 

In writers workshop students are publishing their favorite non-fiction stories to get ready for our writing celebration next Friday with the other first grade classrooms.
We continue to read with our kindergarten buddies each Friday.  Lately, first graders have been practicing their fluency and reading coach skills while reading with their buddies.
Our mindfulness lesson from Ms. Marcus this week taught us more about the parts of our brains (prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus) that we can calm with our breathing.  

Friday, March 9, 2018

We had a blast on our maple sugaring field trip on Monday!
Our mindfulness lesson this week focused on scanning our bodies to stay present and mindful.  We practiced checking in with their bodies, safely squeezing or shaking parts that needed a little extra attention, and using this process as a tool to control our puppy minds.
We also had a visit from Yarmouth Community Services this week.  They read us the wonderful book Over and Under the Snow By Kate Messner, and showed us some different animal prints we might see in Maine.
In math we've started learning about fact families through the use of dominos and fact triangles.  We also learned the game Salute!.  Ask your child to show you how to play!
In science we've been experimenting with gravity and different wheel and axle designs to make  systems that will stay in motion for long periods of time.

Friday, March 2, 2018

In readers workshop we've been focusing on being in charge of our comprehension and the strategies that help us do that. 
At the end of the week, we started discussing the importance of fluency while reading ('sounding like a storyteller').  This will be something we continue to practice and refine for the remainder of the school year.  At home,  encourage your child to reread smooth like a storyteller after fixing up a tricky part of a sentence or page.  The carry-over of language from the classroom to home is very powerful for children!
On Friday Mrs. Wolinsky introduced us to  the KIBO robot kit that will now be in our classroom!  This amazing recource will allow students to develop their building, programming, and problem-solving skills!  Learn more here:

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.