Friday, May 19, 2017

We created a bedroom map museum this week!  Students got a chance to look at each others' maps and write thoughtful comments for the cartographers to read.
On Friday we uploaded images of our bedroom maps onto our ipads to use in the Blubot app!

Ms. Honan kicked off our poetry writing unit on Monday!

We've started our final science unit of the year...OCEANS!

Students have spent the week creating spelling game boards in word study!

We've been spending lots of math time exploring 3D shapes and equal shares this week!


Friday, May 12, 2017

We've been exploring, interpreting, and making a TON of maps over the past few weeks!  We've learned to use a compass rose, symbols, and grids to better understand a variety of maps.

Our final mapping activity requires each student to create a map of his/her bedroom.  Directions, examples, and materials were sent home in folders on Tuesday.  The finished products should be returned to school by Tuesday, May 16!

Students have been hard at work publishing stories for the first grade writing celebration.  On Friday we paired up with students from other first grade classrooms to share our final drafts!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!  We appreciate you!

Friday, April 28, 2017

We're continuing to track daylight hours and make monthly predictions in our science journals.  
We've started studying maps!  Students used cardinal directions to guide their partners to different spots in our classroom.
We also practiced using a map key to learn more about Franklin's neighborhood map!
On Wednesday we had a community meeting to celebrate Earth Day!  

In reading we are working on reading with expression.  Students have been trying to improve their tone of voice when reading dialogue in their fiction books.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

As part of our study of the water cycle, we've started learning more about clouds through research, experiments, and cloud lessons by Mr. Urban!

We're continuing to study the writing of Donald Crews to help us become better writers of small moments stories...and it sure is WORKING!


Friday, April 7, 2017

We've started a new writing unit!  We are studying the writing of our mentor author, Donald Crews, and trying to use some of his craft moves in our own small moments stories!

We've conducted a few water cycle experiments this week, focusing on the importance of the sun to the process.  First, students made and observed the water cycle in a bag.  Then we collected snow and observed what happened to the snow/water level when we exposed it to heat.
We received a very exciting letter from Ms. Honan on Thursday!

We also received another response from a persuasive letter sent to the Department of Fish and Wildlife asking them to better protect polar bears! 

In math we've been studying composite shapes and 3D shapes.
In reading we've started using a new fiction book sheet to 'talk back' to our books and showcase our comprehension.