Thursday, December 14, 2017

Inside Recess

Five below outside?!  No problem!!  Our variety of activities: Movement for those who want it!!  Games and crafts for those who want that!  Flexibility at its best!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hard Working Writers

Writers workshop has been a very busy and productive place already this week!  Students continue to work on their "How To" books, but now they are adding introductions and conclusions!!  We read some examples of each in our mentor texts, and students went to work with a new excitement!  Such talented kiddos!!

Visiting Israel

First graders "flew" from Germany to Israel yesterday!  After making it through customs and learning a little about the celebrations that happen there at this time of year, they were treated to a very special guest visitor this morning!  Our very own Ella's mother came in to teach us more about Hanukkah, the story, some their own family's traditions, as well as the dreidel game!  And ofcourse they had to try playing the game, too!! Thank you, Courtney!!

We also read a wonderful story with a beautiful message about helping others who don't have as much as we do.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sweet, Sweet Books!

First graders had a blast shopping for books at the RES Book Sale today. There were so many books it was hard to choose!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal To??

During math today students learned about the math symbols we use when comparing two numbers.  Not only did we learn the "Greater Than" and "Less Than" symbols, we also learned a new meaning of the equal sign : "the same as". 

St. Nikolaus Day

While "visiting" Germany, first graders learned about a tradition celebrated by many German families on Decaember 6th: St. Nikolaus Day!  There are many stories around this saint, but the tradition goes that children leave their shoes or boots outside their doors on the night of the 5th in hopes that St. Nikolaus will fill it with treats before morning time. St. Niolaus is not the same as Santa Claus, and many German families celebrate both.

First graders made some shoes today to see if they could lure St. Nikolaus to visit them, too!

Used Book Sale Tomorrow - 12/7/17

Just a reminder that RES is having a used book sale tomorrow.  Books are $.25 each and the proceeds will be donated to the Richmond Emergency Food Shelf. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Flight: Germany

Today was a big day in first grade - we took our first flight on our "Holidays Around the World" trip!! Students grabbed their suitcases and passports and boarded a direct flight to Germany to learn about the holidays and celebrations going on during this time of year in that part of our world.  While we are in Germany we will also learn a little about some of their customs, traditions, and their culture.  Did you know that the tradition of bringing a tree into your house to celebrate Christmas came from Germany?! 

The empty airplan awaiting it's passengers.

Passengers waiting to board the airplane; suitcases and tickets in hand.

Finding their seats.

Enjoying some inflight videos on Germany.

Going through customs.  

Coloring the German flag.

 Looking at the map of the world to see where we came from, and where we landed.