Friday, December 8, 2017

A Glimpse Into Our Week

This week math has been all about making 10 and other strategies for adding 3 or more numbers.

In science we've been studying how Earth moves in space.  Students have been learning to differentiate between the words rotation and revolution.
On Monday we're off to Southworth Planetarium from 9am to 11am!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome December!

Our new Everyday Math unit focuses on measurement!  Students measured lots of objects this week with non-standard units of measurement like pencils, toothpicks, paperclips, and base-10 blocks.  Their focus was to use the measurement tool end-to-end and avoid any gaps or overlaps while measuring. 

In science we've started studying the sun and solar system as a precursor to our focused study of the winter solstice during the month of December!

In writers workshop students practiced using a checklist to aid them in the revision process of their realistic fiction stories.

In word study we've started learning about digraphs.  In addition, students are practicing writing sentences using correct capitalization, punctuation, and spacing.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Week 11

Students have been writing amazing realistic fiction stories this week!  We've been focusing on stretching out our endings, using sparkle words, and adding setting details.

Splat! has been a fan favorite in math over the last few weeks.  It's a great small group activity with varying levels of difficulty.  It is a wonderful way for students to use their math skills and tools in a new way!
The students have loved being historians this week!  We've been studying the lives of pilgrim children who lived at Plimoth Plantation and comparing and contrasting our lives with theirs. is an amazing website to explore with your kiddos at home!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

10 Weeks!

We've shifted gears this week! 
We started a new writing unit: realistic fiction!

We've also started studying family structures and traditions by examining our own families and traditions.  On Thursday, students brought home the directions for a Thanksgiving tradition project.  I hope you enjoy discussing the traditions your family partakes in for the Thanksgiving holiday!
Happy long weekend!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Week 9

It was an unexpectedly short but packed week in first grade!

Chewonki visited with live owls!
Sparky the Great Horned Owl
Byron the Barred Owl
Ozzie the Screech Owl

We dissected owl pellets in the classroom!  Students used bone charts and their knowledge of owls to figure out what the owl probably ate.
We practiced solving number stories and doubles facts in math.
We got in some more quality reading time with our kindergarten buddies!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Week 8

We've been studying the lifecycle of owls this week.  Students created their own lifecycle wheels to teach their kindergarten buddies about the topic!

Students finished their small moment story publishing this week.  We celebrated with Mrs. Lincoln's class by reading our published stories to each other!
Math has been all about number stories this week.  Students have been practicing solving addition and subtraction number stories using strategies from our math strategy wall, manipulatives, and their completed owl trees.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 7

We reached our reading stamina goal this week!
We've started our study of owls this week.  In math we made owl trees to help us tell change-to-more and change-to-less number stories.
We've started publishing our first round of stories!
We met with our kindergarten reading buddies for the first time on Friday!

Next week students will start bringing home just right books to read as homework.  When your child has read his/her book, send it back to our classroom and we will exchange it for a new one!  Happy reading!