Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This week we have been reading All I See by Cynthia Rylant and working the comprehension skill of questioning. We have learned that readers ask questions Before, During and After reading a book. Sometimes the answers are found right in the text, sometimes we have to infer the answers, and sometimes we have to go to an outside source. After our book today we were left with one "burning" question. As a group we are inferring many possible answers. After we complete this, everyone will choose the idea that makes most sense to them as a reader.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Students have been working in unit 8, which is a numeracy unit, for a couple of weeks now. They have been doing lots of counting, adding, working with the 120 chart, counting up large amounts by making various groupings, as well as working on many problems involving things that come in groups of twos, threes, fours and fives. Before break, first graders worked on an activity that had them counting up a large number of paper squares. They needed to decide on a way to group the squares that would make it more efficient for them to count and find the total amount.
Friday, April 17, 2015
We started our lesson yesterday with a discussion about some important vocabulary words and concepts pertaining to our unit: force, motion, and gravity. We then walked through the scientific method (which we learned about earlier this week), and then completed an experiment! The question that we investigated was "How does the size of a ball effect how it rolls?" (Ask your child what their results were!!)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
This afternoon first graders had the fortunate opportunity to participate in a Flynn Theater Companion Workshop for the upcoming show that we will be seeing, African Children's Choir. They Flynn educator taught the students about the musical concept of call and response, as well as what to expect when we go to the show. It certainly is a great connection to our special visitors this week, Jeh Kulu!
Monday, April 13, 2015
Today in science first graders worked with a variety of balls and compared various attributes such as bounciness, weight, ability to roll, and size. In upcoming lessons we will be doing experiments around these attributes. For example, students will investigate how a ball's weight effects its ability to roll.