Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Songs

Teaching these kiddos a few different songs was one of my favorite parts of these five weeks! They were very eager to learn them and caught on quickly!

You may have heard your child sing - The Dragon Song!


This song isn't quite as polished as the dragon song, but still super cute - Sing!


I wish you all a fantastic summer, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me these past weeks!
~Amy Poor

Monday, June 19, 2017



Today Mrs. Darby's third-grade class came in to read us their fairytale stories!  They were beautifully written and illustrated books! We were amazing listeners!!



3-d Shapes

Our last unit in math has been all about 3-d shapes.  We have used geoblocks, legos, books on great architecture, and how to draw 3-d shape guides to explore these concepts.





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We had a fun day today! A dancing crayon (aka, Mr. White) came in to talk about "his" book The Day the Crayons Quit.  We all decorated a crayon headband and wore them proudly all day! We had some time to write a letter from our crayon characters to ourselves - If that makes sense??





Monday, June 12, 2017

Reader's Theater preperation!!

This morning we braved the heat and went outside to paint our backdrops for our reader's theater skits! They came out beautifully!  So fun!







Friday, June 9, 2017

Realistic fiction stories published!!

Wow, what a fun and busy week we have had!!  I wanted to share the excitement around our writing time this week!  We have finally finished our realistic fictional stories!  We made covers with our title and author names.  We also had a fun idea to make an "about the author" page!  Hudson was so generous to bring in his awesome camera that processed pictures right on the spot - remember those?  Everyone was so excited to have their picture taken by Hudson and most added it to their back page, where they told us about the author! They look great - check out the slideshow below!

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Reader's Theater

The students were so excited to be practicing their parts today- some could not sit in their seats because they were getting into character so well!!  We are learning to add expression in our voices and bodies!  Tomorrow we will practice in front of each other!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Spider web greeting

We began our morning with a spider web greeting! We passed around the "web," aka a ball of yarn to friends to say good morning to them.  Look closely to see our web! 

Happy Monday! Just two more Monday's left of school!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Our survey unit in math

This week we discussed what a survey was? What a survey could tell us? How we find out how many people took the survey? The students paired up and created a survey question that they would ask their classmates.  They needed to work as a team and decide who would do what part: the asking & the writing.  This was a great opportunity to work on our collaborating skills.  When the planning was completed the room was a buzzing hive of bees!



*We had a super busy day and all did so well being flexible with our crazy schedule!  We all loved seeing Ms. Purvee today, she was showered with love and hugs!!  Move up day seemed to go well, too.

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New W.O.W -Ridiculous!!

Our new word of the week is ridiculous!  We had such a fun time reading a ridiculous book called A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea. By Michael Ian Black.  This story inspired such a crazy, creative conversation that I thought I would share some of it!
Please excuse the angle of this video!





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Making the best of indoor recess!

We have had a few indoor recesses lately.  Although we would rather be outside, we have had a great time inside too! Lots of creativity going on during these times!!

This detailed map was so spectacular!!





A very challenging memory game!  Everyone played with excellent sportsmanship!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy three day weekend!
The students and I have had a great week and a half together in school.  We are enjoying learning and exploring together.  I have been collecting some pictures along the way and would love to share them with you.

In theme, we have been studying plants.  We have been learning all the parts of a seed and plant.  We are also conducting a new experiment about what a plant needs to survive.  We have made predictions on what we think may happen to our flowers that will not be receiving all their basic needs as plants.
We began our unit with exploring parts of a seed:  embryo, seed coat, and food storage. Then we placed bean seeds in a wet paper towel and placed them in our window to sprout!  We loved watching the roots grow!  A couple of them even grew a little stem and leaf!

Most of our bean plants are off to a great start!


Our latest plant experiment:
What will happen to a plant without air?
What will happen to a plant without water?
What will happen to a plant without soil?
What will happen to a plant without sunlight?
What will happen to a plant that receives all of the above?
Stay tuned!



Monday, May 15, 2017

Roll Tens

There was a lot of counting going on in our classroom today!  Counting by tens and then adding on the single ones. We have become master counters!!  The game we played today was called Roll Tens.  It is played with a partner and each takes turns rolling the dice, finding the total, and adding that amount of cubes to the mat.  The cubes are put into strips of ten, and the goal is to collect 100 in all, filling the mat.  On each turn, the player had to count up the total amount of cubes collected, and record this.  For an extra challenge students could also figure out how many more cubes they would need to get to 100.  This was optional but many rose to the challenge!

Opinion Writing Celebration

First graders concluded their opinion writing unit with a celebration today!  In the morning they chose their favorite piece from the unit and designed a cover for it.  Then, at the end of the day both first grade classes got together to share their reviews and opinions on many different topics. It was quite  interesting to listen in and hear the many strong opinions we have amongst our first graders!

Deigning our covers...

Sharing and listening...