ONE Day!!!

halloween-ghostTomorrow is the BIG day that every first grader in Room 203 has been anxiously awaiting ALL month long!  We have taken part in some fun Halloween activities this week, which you will learn about and see below.  We also had a lot of great learning take place this week with science, math and in preparation for Veteran’s Day.  Without further ado, read on and look at what we’ve been up to this past week.  As always, thanks for visiting our blog!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Science – Observing with Senses
  • Science – Matter and Energy
  • Math – Doubles
  • Math – Skip Counting
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Our Pumpkin 
  • A Smile for You

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 9.09.22 PMConversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the chapter book you just finished this week, Flat Stanley.  How did the story end?  Did you enjoy the way the book ended?  Why or why not?
  • Did you enjoy your science experiment this week with the ice cube?  What did you learn from the experiment about turning a solid into a gas?
  • You learned about two more “Unthinkables” this week in class.  Out of all of the “Unthinkables” you have learned so far, which is the one you need to try to defeat most often?  How do you defeat this “Unthinkable?”

Science – Observing with Senses: This week, we began our science unit about Matter and Energy.  As we learn about these important concepts, we decided to begin by using our senses of smell, sight, touch and hearing to observe our outdoor environment.  After all, good scientists use their senses in ALL of their environments.  Therefore, we took notes about what we observed and recorded these in our Matter and Energy notebooks.

Check out these scientists writing down observations about what they saw, heard, smelled and felt during our time outside.
Check out these scientists writing down observations about what they saw, heard, smelled and felt during our time outside.
Here are a few other hard working scientists.
Here are a few other hard working scientists.

Science – Matter and Energy: After observing with our senses, we did an experiment to figure out how to turn a solid into a liquid.  The challenge was to melt an ice cube.  Children wrote down their predictions, their strategies and finally, their learning from the experiment.  There were MANY creative ways that children used to melt their ice cubes.  It was quite an interesting endeavor, as you might imagine!  We have a lot of fun learning about science together, as you will see in the photos below.

First, our scientists needed to write down their predictions for the experiment.
First, our scientists needed to write down their predictions for the experiment.
Check out Solis using the strategy of blowing into her bag to try and make her ice cube melt!
Check out Solis using the strategy of blowing into her bag to try and make her ice cube melt!
These happy scientists were squeezing their ice cube to try and make it melt.
These happy scientists were squeezing their ice cube to try and make it melt.
Look!  The ice cube started to melt!
Look! The ice cube started to melt!

Math – Doubles: What better way to learn our doubles in math than to play a game called Ghost Doubles?  What are doubles?  A double is the sum of a number added to itself.  For example, the double of 5 is 10 (5 + 5 = 10) and the double of 7 is 14 (7 + 7 = 14).   You might wonder why learning doubles are important.  I actually found a great website that explains it succinctly for you.  Click here to find out why your first grader needs to know his or her doubles efficiently in order to become a stronger mathematician.  Look below to see one way we worked on our doubles this week.  We had fun practicing doubles and will continue to solidify our doubles facts in class. (By the way – you could also work on this at home . . . hint, hint!)

Who ever thought it could be fun to learn doubles? In our classroom it is!
Who ever thought it could be fun to learn doubles? In our classroom it is!

Math – Skip Counting: We HAD to do something with candy corn this week, right?  So, we did an activity that included counting a set of objects using groups.  It was fun – and challenging.  We decided that every so often it’s better to learn math with manipulatives that can be eaten when you are finished with the activity. 🙂 To see what this looked like in action, see how we grouped our objects and skip counted below.

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These mathematicians were definitely working on grouping items and counting by 5's and 2's.
These mathematicians were definitely working on grouping items and counting by 5’s and 2’s.
Here are some other hard-working mathematicians.
Here are some other hard-working mathematicians.

Veteran’s Day: In order to prepare for Veteran’s Day in a week and a half, we took on a task to create American flags that might be put into a slideshow during our assembly.  We discussed observations about our flag and then had conversations about how the flag makes us feel.  Next, children worked with partners to create a flag, which is VERY HARD work as a first grader.  Finally, each partnership wrote a sentence about how the flag makes them feel.  Look at the amazing work in the photos below.

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Our Pumpkin: We have had a pumpkin in our room for about a week.  As Wednesday rolled around, it was time to carve it.  The children each had an opportunity to draw what they would like for the pumpkin to look like and then each drawing was entered into the pool for us to vote on.  We had quite a dilemma deciding which design to use in order to carve our classroom pumpkin.  First there was a tie . . . and when we had a tie-breaker, there was ANOTHER tie!  Finally, we broke the tie and now have a beautifully carved pumpkin in our class that resembles a cat. 🙂  Look at the photos below to see the process of how we progressed to our final design.

FIrst, we did a gallery walk so the children could see each of the pumpkin designs.
FIrst, we did a gallery walk so the children could see each of the pumpkin designs.
Here is another photo of our gallery walk.
Here is another photo of our gallery walk.
After voting, we had a tie between these two pumpkin designs.
After voting, we had a tie between these two pumpkin designs.
After voting a second time, there was STILL a tie!  The children decided to have the two artists (Maddie and Quinn) play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide whose design we should carve on our pumpkins.  What an official way to solve our problem, huh? :)
After voting a second time, there was STILL a tie! The children decided to have the two artists (Maddie and Quinn) play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide whose design we should carve on our pumpkins. What an official way to solve our problem, huh? 🙂
Our winning design ended up looking like this.  As you can see, we have added ears.  We might be adding a tail to our pumpkin/cat tomorrow. :)
Our winning design ended up looking like this. As you can see, we have added ears. We might be adding a tail to our pumpkin/cat tomorrow. 🙂

A Smile for You: Here it is!  I LOVE this photo because of the incredibly HAPPY smile on Alyssa’s face!  She loved the time she spent working on her science experiment and it completely shows in her face!  🙂  Have a wonderful Halloween with your first grader and a fabulous weekend as a family.

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