The students have transformed into realistic fiction writers. To begin, the students created a fictional first grade character with realistic likes and dislikes. Following, they took their characters on many different adventures by creating a series of books. To celebrate all their hard work throughout this unit, the students decorated cereal boxes to make a box set for their series. They were very proud of all that they had accomplished. Thank you for all of the cereal box donations!
The first graders have been working hard to prepare for their Spring Concert, Awesome Animals. In music class, Mrs. Andrews assisted them with learning all the songs. In art class, Mrs. Stone helped the students create their animal headbands. In the classrooms, the students with speaking roles worked on memorizing their lines. All of their hard worked showed at the concert! Here are some photos from their rehearsal and performance.
This week the students were able to watch the third grade dress rehearsal for their Spring Concert. The play was based on the Thirteen Colonies. The first graders were able to see people we have discussed through social studies such as: Ben Franklin, George Washington, Martha Washington, and many more. It was a fun experience for them!
In math, the students have been using the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel to create and look at paths. Each marking on the path has a different code as to how many steps Hansel took before Gretel put a marking. The students use this information to identify the markings on the path. To create our own paths, the students placed a unifix cube for each step they took for a total of 10 steps. Then, we analyzed each of the paths we created.
This week the students finished up a math unit on adding and subtracting within 20. Through this unit, the students have been learning about different kinds of penguins. When learning about each type, we cut string to visually see how tall each penguin is. To end the unit, we brought together all that we learned by creating a graph with the different kinds of penguins, making observations, and practicing counting by twos with the results.
The students have been having so much fun during our Opinion writing unit. We began our unit by writing our opinions about our collections; which item was our favorite and why. Following, we began writing reviews for different restaurants, movies, games, and books. The students gave each item a rating and explained why. With their very best review, the students created anthologies, and shared with each other what their anthology was about.
The students recently finished a reading unit, Readers Have Big Jobs To Do. Through this unit, the students learned a variety of strategies to assist them in becoming the boss of their own reading. This included making yourself sound like a reading star when reading aloud. To practice this skill, the first graders paired up and read to each other. It was fun to read to someone in a different class!
The students recently finished a math unit on geometry and fractions. Here are a few pictures from the students explorations with two and three dimensional shapes, their attributes, and how we can divide shapes. A favorite activity for many students was going on a shape walk. The students explored different rooms around our school to find everyday three dimensional shapes.
The first graders are 100 days smarter! With our new Number Corner component to our day, the students have been keeping track of how many days we have been in school, and have been looking forward to celebrating the 100th day. Throughout the day we have tied this celebration into our core subject areas. In reading the students worked all together to read 100 books. In math, the students made made fruit loop pattern necklaces using 100 pieces. It was a fun celebration!
Here are some pictures from our Valentine’s Day celebrations!