Before our April break, first graders learned about Earth Day and how important it is to take care of our earth - on Earth Day AND every day! We brainstormed ways that we could each make a difference and we created special vases as a reminder of our earth and all its natural beauty.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Continuing our study of trees, first graders started learning about how trees make their food, which led us to a discussion about leaves and what is happening on and inside trees right now! We took our nature journals outside and did some observations and some sketching of the tiny buds that are starting to "wake up and grow". We will continue to keep an eye on the trees around us and watch what happens as spring progresses!
First graders recently began a unit on opinion writing and one of our first activities was to read the book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, and create some of our own "spilt milk" paintings. After creating our paintings with white paint and string, students then decided what their art looked like in their opinion and wrote about it. They added a few details with a black marker to help others see what they saw in their artwork and then wrote their opinion and two to three reasons why they think what they think.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
What a busy week it was in First Grade!
We began the week by adding realistic colors to our model animals that are part of our animal research project.
We had a Dance Party on the front porch area as our School-Wide Celebration for expected behavior!
We spent time in the forest learning about, thinking about, and illustrating our favorite signs of spring. Some we could see around us, but many are things that we are looking forward to seeing and/or doing.
Students always love when there is time for a little free explore time in the forest. It is so wonderful to witness the teamwork and activities they choose to engage in!
RES had the first All School Morning Meeting of the year! Our fourth graders led the meeting which focused on equality and justice for all. We then went outside to see the raising of the Black Lives Matter flag.
We also started sharing our animal research projects with a museum walk around our classroom.