Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Read All Day" Day

Last Friday first graders enjoyed a day to get cozy with blankets and stuffies and read most of the day away!  This was their reward for doing another 60 hours of reading at home!!  Keep up the hard work, first graders!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reading Nonfiction Texts

In first grade, in this new year, we have jumped right into learning all about nonfiction!  We will be studying nonfiction texts during our reading workshop as well as learning about how to write nonfiction books during our writing workshop. We are off to a great!  

During reading workshop we have begun learning...
We started reading this book on insects and were amazed at how much we could learn just by really studying and thinking about each page!!

During writing workshop students are learning  about special features in nonfiction texts and how they help the reader learn as much as possible about the topic of the book.  
So far we have learned about...
Students are making their own pages for each feature which will be staples together into a book eventually. 

Animal Teeth

First graders are learning about special features that different animals have, and we started with teeth!  We read "What if you had Animal Teeth?" and learned about the interesting teeth that some animals have and why they have them.  Then students chose an animal and made a picture of themselves with that animal's teeth!  Here is a sneak peek!  Soon the rest will be hanging outside our classroom in the hallway. Check them out!!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

True or False??

First graders started learning about the concept of balanced equations today.  We had a great discussion about the meaning of true and false, and worked that into another great discussion around different equations, and whether or not they were "true" or "false".  We also came to a new understanding about the equal sign - that it actually means "the same as" and not "the answer is next". 
Here are some of our discoveries!!

New Science Unit

First graders began a new science unit this week on Organisms.  The first part of our unit focuses on traits and heredity.  Students will focus on the concept that "young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents". 
One activity that we did this week was a matching game.  Students had a large set of various animals which included a picture of a baby and its adult.  Their job was to match all of the babies with their adults, and then look critically at a few sets, describing the similarities as well as the distinct differences.  Pretty interesting when you take a close look!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year's Resolutions

We read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution today and made our own resolutions for the upcoming year. These first graders came up with some excellent and impressive resolutions!