Happy April!

flowers15We are enjoying springtime so much in first grade.  It is a wonderful thing to head outside and not need to bundle up in coats, hats and mittens!  In the midst of enjoying the beautiful (and wet!) weather, we continued to work hard this past week.  We did a lot of great work on our iPads during Science and did some great addition for our Walker’s Club competition.  Check out our post below to learn more about our week in first grade.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Upcoming Field Trip
  • Making Puppets
  • Science
  • Walker’s Club
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You sorted some pictures on your iPad this week during Science.  How did you sort your pictures?  Why did you sort them that way?
  • What has happened this week as your class has read your chapter book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane?  What are some of the “troubling” things that have happened to Edward so far?  How do you think the story is going to end?
  • During math this week, you did a lot of measuring.  Tell me how you would solve the following problem: Rosie caught a fish that was 8 inches.  Simon caught a fish that was 15 inches.  How much longer is Simon’s fish that Rosie’s fish?

Upcoming Field Trip: Tomorrow, Friday, you will get a letter from your first grader about our upcoming field trip to both Powder Valley and World Bird Sanctuary.  There is A LOT of information in the packet, but we forgot one very important detail!  We need for each child to bring $3.00 to cover the cost of the presentation at the World Bird Sanctuary.  This reminder is written on each sheet (by a wonderful first grader).  Check out the letter below that tells more about our trip.  Thank you in advance for your support.  Our first graders are VERY EXCITED to head out on our last field trip of the year!

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Making Puppets: Last Friday, we decided to devote time to our chapter book by making puppets that represented the main character, Edward.  Each student first wrote a page in a book about Edward and then made a puppet that represented him from what we had learned in our chapter book at that point.  We are thoroughly enjoying this book, as you will be able to tell from some of our creative puppets below.  Check out our photos of Edward the rabbit . . . they will make you smile.

Science: This week, we began exploring animals during Science.  We did all of our exploration (so far!) on our iPads and it was awesome!  Each child has the same Keynote presentation about animals on his or her iPad.  As a class, we are going through the slides and discussing our discoveries along the way.  The first two slides included photos for the children to sort based on various characteristics.  You can see how some children sorted their photos below.  Next, each child watched a video about zookeepers and wrote notes about the things they learned.  While we have done great science work on our iPads, we have also learned A LOT about technology.  Based on what I’ve seen so far, I imagine you’ll be impressed at how well your first grader is beginning to navigate an iPad based on our classroom learning.

Look at Alexander teaching the class about how he sorted the pictures.
Look at Alexander teaching the class about how he sorted the pictures.
This is how one child sorted their pictures.
This is how one child sorted their pictures.
This is how another child sorted their pictures.
This is how another child sorted their pictures.
Here is another scientist teaching us how she sorted her animals.
Here is another scientist teaching us how she sorted her animals.
Look at all of these hard-working scientists watching a video about zookeepers!
Look at all of these hard-working scientists watching a video about zookeepers!

animated-shoe-image-0006Walker’s Club: Our school-wide Walker’s Club is an opportunity for kids to get intentional exercise every Tuesday and Thursday during their recess.  This month, in order to add excitement to the club, we have some friendly competition among each grade level.  One of the jobs for the competition is to count and total our class laps each week.  We have had a lot of conversation about the most efficient way to add up our laps.  You will see below that we tried two different strategies this week and are still determining which is most efficient.  Check out how far we’ve walked so far!  Keep encouraging your first grader to move quickly during recess so we can win the competition. 🙂

This was how we organized Thursday's laps . . . in groups of 10's and 20's.  Then we added them together.  Good math work!
This was how we organized Thursday’s laps . . . in groups of 10’s and 20’s – except for the 6 leftover laps.  Then we added them together. Good math work!

A Smile for You: The photo below was an easy pick for this week’s feature “smiling” photo.  As I saw our writers working hard the other day, one of them smiled as I took their photo.  It quickly became a favorite because it makes my heart happy.  I hope it makes you feel similarly.  Thanks for reading our blog this week.  Have a great weekend.

Look at this happy writer!
Look at this happy writer!

 

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