Tuesday, May 9, 2017

1st Grade News ~ 5/8/17

My 1st grade friends at the end of a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week:

1st Grade News

To go along with Mcgraw-Hill WONDERS reading unit "How do things get built?', we designed and built aluminum foil boats.  Students predicted how many pennies boats would hold before sinking.  One of the children created a super simple design that held over 120 pennies before sinking.  Others discovered they had to redesign and improve original boats and try again. 

The creators of these little characters are looking forward to second grade!  Today's magic number is 16...

Countdown Document - (three pages)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

1st Grade News ~ 5/1/17

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1st graders love geometry!  Besides the fun projects, they have many opportunities to see math in their everyday lives. Suddenly, a tissue box becomes a rectangular prism or cube and the globe is no longer a globe; it's a sphere.

We engaged in several fun, hands-on activities. We created 2D creatures, fraction creatures and 3D rainsticks:

Link for 2D Bulletin Board Header

Link (header and worksheet)

3D Rainsticks and Writing 

This wonderful writer filled up the backside of his journal paper with details on how to make a rainstick.

Another thing 1st graders love...to hear the weather!  The rainsticks were a huge hit!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

1st Grade News ~ 4/3/17

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We had a great time writing about activities we enjoy with our "peeps"!

Absent on the day we completed the writing but too cute to pass up a photo opportunity. :)

We have a class filled with adorable "peeps"!

Monday, March 27, 2017

1st Grade News ~ 3/27/17

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Author's Chair

This special activity allows children to share writings with friends and receive a few compliments and positive feedback.  Who doesn't love to hear praise...  This week, fifteen of eighteen students chose to share.

Writing blocks always begin with a mini-lesson.  Children receive constructive feedback during individual writing conferences.  I "conference" with all students one time each week.  Revisions and edits take place after conferences, before taking a seat on the special author's chair.

Revise and edit samples (colored pens)

adding revisions

a revision - the closing sentence and an edit - end punctuation

Hopefully, the second week of spring is off to a great start for you and your family!

1st Grade News for the week of March 20th that I forgot to upload.