Tuesday, February 21, 2012

100th day of school and Valentine’s Day!

We have kicked off the month of February with some fun happenings in first grade!  Last week, we celebrated the 100th day of school!!  I have to say, this day was one of my all time favorite days!  The day began with the kids making their 100th day of school hats.  After that, they kids received a certificate for completing 100 days in first grade.  We then jumped into all kinds of 100th day activities!   The kiddos wrote about why they are now 100 days smarter.  After that, we went to swap our 100 items with the other first grade classes and the second graders.  To kick off the swap, we counted to 100 by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  Here are a few pictures of the swap:

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IMAGE_DFB8A56F-074C-4FA7-96EE-78E92BF7F687In the afternoon, we sorted fruit loops into ten groups of ten and make a necklace.  This was a hit! Especially when the kiddos could eat!!  We also did a variety of dice roll and grouping activities.

You can see our 100th day fashions too!

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During the same week, we celebrated Valentine’s Day!  In order to make our Valentine’s Day envelopes, the kiddos participated in the Valentine Factory.  The kiddos had to fill out an application and list their top three jobs they would like to do.  I taught the students about an assembly line.  I showed a YouTube video of I Love Lucy at the candy factory.  It is a hilarious clip about an assembly line!  Each student had a job, it was so exciting to see the kids work together to produce a great product!3

Our assembly line started with our paper folders and then to the staplers.  The kiddos then passed it on to the large, medium, and small heart gluers.  We also had large, medium, and small heart tracers and cutters.  At the end of our line we had a name writer and of course are snack server.  By the end, the kiddos were ready for some juice and cookies!!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Music Informance!

Last week, the kiddos had their first Music Informance.  Our music teacher did a phenomenal job teaching the students about a wide variety of music elements.  The songs are so creative and fun loving.  Below are a few clips from the music Informance.  If you would like to purchase a professionally recorded DVD by our district Cable Coordinator, please contact me!

Happy Groundhog’s Day

Well as you know, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, which means six more weeks of winter!  The kiddos and I are hoping to have a bit more white fluffy snow on the ground before our actual spring approaches!! I guess we will have to wait and find out!

Today we celebrated Groundhog’s day by tuning into www.groundhog.org to watch Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow.  We also checked out the National Geographic website to learn about all about groundhogs.  We talked about how groundhogs dig burrows to hibernate until Spring.  The kiddos then wrote what their burrow would like like if they were a groundhog.  We had some very creative responses!  In Writer’s Workshop, we have been focusing on writing about our five senses.  I asked the kiddos to incorporate at least two senses about their  burrows.  Many of the students wrote about having a calendar in their burrow so they would know when to come in the Spring…so creative!!!!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK Day!

What better way to bring in winter with BEACH DAY!! The kiddos had a great time laying on their beach towels, eating in the cafeteria with beach music and wearing summer clothes! We had one great day!!

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On Friday, the students learned about Martin Luther King Jr.  Our Scholastic News did a wonderful job explaining who Martin Luther King was and why we celebrate his birthday.  The Scholastic News on the SMART board has small video clips as well as interactive games for the students to learn.  You can check out Scholastic News at: www.scholastic/sn1.com

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The students then completed a book about dreams for themselves and their family. 

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A few words from Martin Luther King Jr…

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. “

“We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. “

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!!

After 18 days of vacation, we are finally back together again!! It feels great to see the kiddos back in action.  They came through the door on Tuesday full of excitement and stories to tell.  Believe it or not, they were extremely quiet on Tuesday, I think we all were adjusting to being back in school.

We started 2012 by making our New Year’s Resolutions.  I gave examples of what other kiddos may want to work on in the new year.  Here is a list that some of my first grade friends generate.IMAGE_10CA4957-CE94-4480-AA43-55C51C87CE1A

The kiddos then completed a New Year’s project!  They wrote their New Year’s resolutions on top of their party hats.

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Bringing in the New Year, we also started our new science unit on plants.  We are beginning our unit by taking a closer look at brassica seeds.  The students have learned that plants need four elements: air, sunlight, water, and soil.  Each student planted their own seed and will water it daily.  Tomorrow we will be documenting the growth of our brassica seeds in our plant journal…stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that our plants grow (one year I only had about three plants grow!!!)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Polar Express Party

On Friday, we had our Polar Express Party! All week the students completed a wide variety of meaningful activities regarding The Polar Express.  I began the week by reading the book, “The Polar Express.” This was a first time read for many students in the class.  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful! I wish I would have remembered to take pictures of all the activities we did!! Here’s the list…

  • The students listened to “The Polar Express.” Before beginning their writing about their own magical train ride, they met with their “turn and talk partners” to begin to formulate a story.

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The kiddos then began writing a story about a magical train ride.

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The students were then able to share their beautiful writing with the class.  It was so neat to hear the students use their imagination when creating their own stories!

  • I also shared a YouTube clip called “The Polar Express Book Retelling.”  It was a short movie clip of a man narrating the story which included sound effects.  The YouTube video also showed the illustrations along with the narration.  The students then had to make a text-to-self connection about  a time when they were curious, just like when the little boy was curious.

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  • We also completed a retelling of “The Polar Express.” I forgot my camera on this day so I do not have any pictures!! Grrr!! Before the students began the retelling, I refreshed the students memory with a SMART board retelling.  The students had to put a series of events in chronological order.
  • On the last day, we had our Polar Express Party!! The kiddos were able to wear their jammies to school! I absolutely loved wearing jammies and slippers (which my feet definitely appreciated!!).  I cleared the tables out of the classroom so the kids could spread their blankets and sleeping bags on the ground.  We worked on the carpet with our clipboards all day!!!

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Here’s a class picture of us in our jammies!!

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Lastly, a big thank you to our PTO for donating popcorn for us to enjoy during the movie!!

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