Science, Math, Writing…and MORE Science!

flowers23Spring is here and we are LOVING the time we have to learn outside.  You can read more about our outdoor learning below.  We took in OODLES of knowledge this week (trust me, I did too!) and I hope your first grader has been sharing with you.  The picture on the right reminds me of how our class has been CHOMPING on learning and taking it all in.  From science . . . to writing . . . to reading . . . to math – these kiddos are working hard!  Read on to learn more about our week in first grade.  Thanks for visiting our blog! 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Science: Babies and Parents
  • Math – Number Strings
  • Writing: Revising, Editing and . . . Publishing!
  • Science – Making Nests
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the plants, seeds and bulbs you have in your room.  What is growing?  What is not growing?  Why do you think some things are growing and some things are not growing?
  • UnknownMrs. Meihaus, read a book to you this week called A Fine Dessert.  This book showed how food, technology, and even families have changed throughout American history.  What did you enjoy about the book?  Tell me what happened during the different centuries in the book.

Science: Babies and Parents: We had conversations this week about animals and how they look, in comparison to their parents.  We watched an AMAZING movie about animal life cycles, which gave us a launching point for our conversation.  We talked about the similarities and differences among offspring and did a picture sort to show what we noticed.  Check out a few of our budding scientists during our picture sort activity.

This is the rubric descriptor for Animals and Plants. We will continue to dig further into this descriptor - we have just touched the TIP of the iceberg this week!
This is the rubric descriptor for Animals and Plants. We will continue to dig further into this descriptor – we have just touched the TIP of the iceberg this week!
Scientists sorted pictures of baby animals and matched them with their parents.
Scientists sorted pictures of baby animals and matched them with their parents.
Scientists sorted our animal pictures and matched up the babies and parents.
Scientists sorted our animal pictures and matched up the babies and parents.
cientists sorted pictures of baby animals and matched them with their parents.
cientists sorted pictures of baby animals and matched them with their parents.
Look at the engagement among these first grade scientists! Lovely! :)
Look at the engagement among these first grade scientists! Lovely! 🙂

Math – Number Strings: We have done some INCREDIBLE thinking during math lately.  One component of our math time has include something called a number string.  What is a number string?  A number string is a set of related math problems, crafted to support students to construct big ideas about mathematics and build their own strategies (Fosnot & Dolk, 2002).  If you’d like to learn more about number strings, click here.  You can check out a few of our most recent number strings below.

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Writing: Revising, Editing and . . . Publishing!  As you know, we have worked hard on writing our persuasive pieces over the past couple of weeks.  Well . . . they are ALMOST ready to share!  We did a lot of work this past week to revise and edit our writing.  One new protocol we tried this week was doing a “checkup” on one another’s writing.  I explained to the children that oftentimes doctors use checklists to make sure they do everything right.  We used a writing checklist on our ActivBoard  to do a “checkup” on a friend’s writing.  Next, we fixed our writing and began turning our “sloppy copy” (this copy has editing marks all over it!) into our “fancy copy” (the excellent, beautiful copy we publish) to share with others.  Check out some of our hard working authors below!

This one of our writing descriptors we targeted this week as we revised and edited our writing this week.
This one of our writing descriptors we targeted this week as we revised and edited our writing this week.
As each first grader completed one part of their checkup on a peer's writing, they wrote their initials on the checklist on our ActivBoard.
As each first grader completed one part of their checkup on a peer’s writing, they wrote their initials on the checklist on our ActivBoard.
Ethan and Paiton did writing checkups for their friends.
Ethan and Paiton did writing checkups for their friends.
Olivia used the Word Wall to perform her writing checkup for a peer writer.
Olivia used the Word Wall to perform her writing checkup for a peer writer.
Ruby did a writing checkup for a friend.
Ruby did a writing checkup for a friend.

Science – Making Nests:  As we continued our study of animals, we began exploring birds and the relationship between what birds have (structure) and what they do (function).  This week, we did this specifically with nests  Each child had the opportunity to build a nest – independently or with a partner.  We decided to go out to the Robinson Naturescape (our woods) to collect our materials and build our nests thereafter.  It was an AMAZING experience.  After watching short videos showing two birds building nests, we brainstormed ideas of how we might build our own nests.  Next we went out to gather materials and then we BUILT!  Finally, we did what all good scientists do and we reflected on our work.  Check out some photos from our experience.

This is the rubric descriptor we focused our nest work on this week. We explored the structure and function of the nests we created.
This is the rubric descriptor we focused our nest work on this week. We explored the structure and function of the nests we created.
First grade scientists walk outside to collect materials for their nests.
First grade scientists excitedly head outside to collect materials for their nests.
Our first grade scientists got ready to head into the woods to collect materials for their nests.
Our first grade scientists got ready to head into the woods to collect materials for their nests.
Cristiano collected MUD for his nest! What fun!
Cristiano collected MUD for his nest! What fun!
Ruby loved the mud she collected for her nest!
Ruby loved the mud she collected for her nest!
These friends were RUNNING through the woods to look for materials for their nests. Yay for science!
These friends were RUNNING through the woods to look for materials for their nests. Yay for science!
Jamie and Wyatt collected materials to create their nest.
Jamie and Wyatt collected materials to create their nest.
Alec was VERY excited about the mud he collected to create his nest.
Alec was VERY excited about the materials he collected to create his nest.
We danced around a bit in the grass to "clean" mud off of our feet from our time in the woods.
We danced around a bit on the grass to “clean” mud off of our feet from our time in the woods.
Bella and Ruby created their nests with smiles on their faces.
Bella and Ruby created their nests with smiles on their faces.
First grade scientists created their nest, with very much thought to the structure and function.
First grade scientists created their nest, with very much thought to the structure and function.
Check out this amazing nest, created by a first grade scientist.
Check out this amazing nest, created by a first grade scientist.
After creating our nests, we did a gallery walk to learn from others.
After creating our nests, we did a gallery walk to learn from others.

A Smile for You!  As you have seen before, some children choose to do Lite Brite during our Choice Time.  It is such a reminder of MY childhood and the simplicity of playing and creating simultaneously.  I am so happy to see our first graders enjoying Lite Brite like I did!  So . . . our smile for this week includes three, happy boys who PROUDLY shared their creation with me – and now – YOU!  Enjoy.  Smile.  Have a great weekend!

While using Lite Brite, these first graders created a town out of the colored pegs! So creative!
While using Lite Brite, these first graders created a town out of the colored pegs! So creative!

 

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