Sunday, January 31, 2016

1st Grade News 2/1/16

Newsletter Link
Enrichment Spelling Words for this Long /o/ Vowel Pattern:

Sunday, January 24, 2016

1st Grade News - 1/25/16

Newsletter Link

Enrichment Spelling Words for Long e /ea, ee/ words:
We're in the process of preparing Chatterpix presentations for Open House.  I snapped a few pictures of the kiddos painting backgrounds for their "I Have a Dream" writings. 

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Math - Fact Families

We have spent several weeks exploring subtraction strategies and the relation of addition to subtraction in our current unit of My Math.  This week, we'll review using fact triangle cards and fact family houses.
Link for 2-Page Worksheet
For the fact family houses, the largest number goes on the top of the triangular roof.  The other two numbers are written in the small boxes on the sides of the roof.  The windows are filled with two addition sentences on the "upstairs" windows and the two related subtraction sentences on the "downstairs" windows.

I'll use one page as an assessment and the other for a partner activity. 

These first graders enjoy opportunities to learn with partners!



1st Grade News 1/18/16

Newsletter Link

Spelling Enrichment Words for diagraphs /ai, ay/
Link for New Year's Goals Worksheet
Although I'm a little late posting this activity, I wanted to share these delightful writings.  Our school printer is sometimes temperamental so some of the student pictures aren't the best quality, but the kids look adorable nonetheless. 




Sunday, January 10, 2016

1st Grade News - 1/11/16

Plummeting temperatures will keep the children indoors for recess tomorrow.  Thankfully our awesome PSO provided each classroom with a kit full of activities so indoor recess is exciting for these kiddos!
Enrichment Spelling Words for this Week:


At the end of the week, we followed up with the Rotten Science exploration we set up in October.  We wanted to find out what happens when you let a pumpkin rot. 


The pumpkins were placed in the courtyard so students checked on them frequently.  Although many predicted the pumpkins would become soft, most were caught off guard by the black mold, strong smell and how quickly the pumpkins decomposed.  

Before students recorded observations in  journals, they reread predictions made in October. 

January 8th discoveries:

1st grade friends read journal entries to partners.  They are learning to be respectful, kind listeners and doing a wonderful job!

Also on Friday, we placed tomatoes, a lemon and a carrot in the classroom as an extension to the rotten science exploration. We'll keep track of the changes and compare the process with the rotting pumpkins.  

Happy learning!