Spring 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!
- 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?
- Mrs. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!