Friday, February 10, 2017

Week 22

We've started studying force and motion in science this week.  Students created tops out of different sized disks and straws and determined both the force and the motion in the experiment.  See their top designs and hear their scientific thinking on Seesaw!

After a few weeks of studying non-fiction text features, the class worked together to complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting two non-fiction books on the same topic.

We've started writing how-to books in writers workshop!  Students are practicing writing step by step directions, creating teaching pictures, using transition words, and writing endings.  Some book topics so far:
How To Wrap and Deliver a Present
How to Make a Bed
How to Brush Your Teeth
How to Make a Pizza
How to Play With a Dog
How to Do The Breaststroke 

Mrs. Wolinsky introduced us to BlueBots! She let us explore ways to program them and intentionally make them move and arrive at designated locations.

We will be celebrating the 100th day of school next week!  Please help your child count out 100 items to bring to school for the big day!  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Week 21

We received a stack of new books for our classroom library this week!

We've been working on fact power in math this week, but also had some time to explore other math tools.

Students researched different geodome size and price options for our playground, voted on their #1 choice, made a poster, and presented their research to Ms. Honan!  Ms. Honan informed us that she will present our research to the head of community services next week.  And to think, this all started with a persuasive letter!
In science we used our knowledge from recent science experiments to make mobiles, which are now decorating our classroom!
We also had some free time to experiment with all the different balance materials we've used over the past few weeks.  There was lots of creative balancing happening!

Report cards are in home/school folders!  Please peek at these prior to your conference time and jot down any questions I can answer or any thoughts you'd like to discuss!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Halfway Through First Grade! (Week 20)

Our class wrote a persuasive letter to Ms. Honan asking for a spiderweb dome (geodome) structure on our playground.  Ms. Honan's response was hopeful and students started researching sizes and heights of different domes that would be safe for 5-7 year olds.  They will present their research to Ms. Honan and might possibly convince her to add a fun new way to exercise and move on the playground!
In math we've started learning about telling time to the hour.  Students made their own clocks with only hour hands to practice making different times.  Here are some familiar phrases that you can use at home when talking about time:

" About ___ o'clock"
"Half past ___ o'clock"
"Almost ___ o'clock"

Friday, January 20, 2017

Week 19

More balance experimenting happened this week!
Students have been recording the findings from their experiments in their science journals.
We've started using a new non-fiction book sheet to write about our reading during readers workshop!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Week 18

We started conducting some balance experiments this week!  Students used counterweights to try to balance trick crayfish on their fingers.
We've been learning about the dreams of Martin Luther Kings, Jr., Ruby Bridges, Malala, and students all around the globe this week.  Here are some of the Ice Owls' dreams for a happier world:
There are dozens of persuasive letters being written in room 108 each day!  Did you receive one?  If so, consider writing a letter back and sending it to school with your child.
The Ice Owls continue to be great reading coaches to their Kindergarten buddies!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy 2017!

We kicked off 2017 by making new years resolutions to strive for in the classroom.  Each student picked a classroom rule that they feel they can do better at following in the new year.  Check them out on Seesaw!

We updated our hopes and dreams!
In writers workshop we've started persuasive letter writing!  If your child writes you a letter, consider writing back to him/her with a response.  It's so exciting for the students to get return letters, and  it shows them the power of letter writing.  In the past we've received responses from President Obama, Governor LePage, members of congress, leaders of nonprofit organizations, town leaders, principals, and more!