Sunday, September 27, 2015

1st Grade News 9/28/15

1st Grade News

Young writers in various stages of the writing process.  Lots of smiles because most are writing about families.  :)

1-to-1 iPads!
This is the first year we are 1:1 in first grade and it's so exciting!
After a week of reading stories about pets, we used iPads to do a little animal research.  For this activity, we used two apps:
Animal Encyclopedia for Kids Free

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an interactive page
I used this app last year at the end of the school year, and I thought it might be too challenging at the beginning of the school year, but these kiddos were ready.
We also explored Forest Animals:  Interactive Encyclopedia for Kids, but discovered the free edition is limited to birds only.  After just one session with this app, we are sold, however, and hope to purchase this for our students.  The reading level is appropriate and the pictures are outstanding!
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reading page

During the inquiry process, students made notes on stick-on notes to place on the 'Can, Have, Are' poster.  I loved how this fostered collaboration and shared learning. 

He put up the first stick-on notes. So proud of his efforts!

Have a wonderful week. :)

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