If you can believe it, the 100th day has come and gone! I'm not sure how it went by so fast! But we had an AMAZINGLY FUN day on Thursday! We began the day learning a game called Race to 100. Then students made patterns out of their names on a blank 100's chart. Our next fun activity was called 100 seconds. Students had to predict how many times they could do certain activities (clap, write their name, sit and stand, touch their toes) in 100 seconds. Then they were actually timed while doing them to see if their predictions were correct. We then read a book called Pigs In Hiding, where 100 pigs play hide and seek. After recess, the students were challenged to find all 100 pigs that hid in the classroom and make a giant 100's chart! THAT WAS A FUN ACTIVITY! The students had a blast find pigs in their desks, under chairs, in the books, and in their mailboxes! But I think the BEST part of our day was seeing all the students spectacular 100th day projects! They were all so proud to share. Our 100th day showcase was also a HUGE success. Thank you to everyone who came to support the first graders and their hard work! Check out the gallery below to see all the GREAT projects!
This year first grade is working to have community member join in with our learning. This past week we were super lucky to have our first community reader come in! Dr. Jake McCandless, our Superintendent, took time out of his busy schedule to read and do a project with our students! He read the story "A Bad Case Of The Stripes" by David Shannon. If you've never read it, you should! Its a first grade favorite! He began his visiting by asking each student their name and told the students about his role in our community. After he read the story, the students created portraits of themselves with stripes containing pictures or words about what make them unique. It was a wonderful experience for all the students. Check out our photos below!
WHAT A WEEK WE HAD! Even with the disappointment of our cancelled field trip on Monday, I still think the class would say this week was one of the best they have had this year!
On Monday we finished our How-To Carve A Pumpkin flip books, learned about the pumpkin life cycle, and made a pumpkin math book all through using our listening skills.
On Tuesday we had our VERY FIRST secret reader of the year! A HUGE thank you to Greg Herrman for taking time out of his busy schedule to read to the class. Jocelyn was so surprised when he walked through the door!
Then on Wednesday we had our awesome PUMPKIN DAY! In the morning our color teams got together and counted pumpkin seeds using tens frames from 5 different sized pumpkins. We discovered the bigger the pumpkin, the less seeds and "guts" it has! Then we had our pumpkin centers where students played Pumpkin Jumble using pattern blocks, discovered if pumpkins float or sink, used estimation to see if they could guess the number of candy corns in different jars, and measured their pumpkin with cubes and centimeters. It was a fun-filled morning! After lunch and recess, the students had a blast painting their pumpkins into their favorite animals. We finished the day reading Room On The Broom and finding rhyming words. I have to say- this was the CLEANEST and BEST LISTENING group of students I've had for all these activities. a BIG BIG BIG thank you to Jackie, Leah, Kelly, Cori, and George for helping out in the morning! I couldn't have done it without you.
Check out all the pictures from the week below!
We had a week filled with apples! On Monday we had our apple tasting. We tried red, green, and yellow apples- Macintosh, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious! The class favorite ended up as Golden Delicious! We made predictions, wrote about how they all tasted, and graphed our class favorites. We also wrote and entire book about the apple tree in all four seasons. It was a day filled with fun! Then on Thursday we concluded our apple unit with a field trip to Lakeview Orchard in Lanesboro! It was a beautiful morning at the orchard and the kids had a great time picking Empire apples! What a week we had in first grade!
This week we learned the game BUMP! The students had a great time playing during our Fact Fluency Friday time. During this time the first graders practice their addition and subtraction facts through games. This will become an every Friday activity! They also learned a new game on the GoMath App on the computers. It was a FUN FRIDAY!
We had a great week learning a new math fact game! Plus we learned how to log in to our Go Math website and played math games there as well! Check out the photos below!
Now that we have been in school a few weeks the classroom is buzzing with activity! This week the students were introduced to center rotations and they rocked it! They followed classroom expectations around safety, work ethic, and voice volume. They were earning buzz chips left and right this week because of their hard work! Here's how centers work: Each day students visit three literacy centers. Each literacy center is typically 15 minutes long. They are either working independently, in small groups, or with a teacher during these rotations. Activities include: poetry journal, independent reading, buddy reading, journal writing, word way (phonics practice), listening center, and many more to come! The centers change daily depending on our daily objectives/standards. This type of activity allows students the freedom to work whenever they would like in the classroom, gives amble time for movement breaks, and allows students many hands on opportunities to practice new skills. Below you can see the students hard at work during our first week of centers!
Tuesday was the first grade's Family Math Night! It was a smashing success! I was thrilled to see so many families attend. I particularly love watching how excited the students get teaching their parents and siblings how to play all the games they have learned so far this year! They are so happy to share their knowledge and try to beat their parents fair and square at all the games! This year we even included a "Make and Take" game table, where student could make the game "Toss It" and bring the materials home to play! I'm also happy to announce that every student (even if they couldn't attend the game night) received a packet of ALL the games from math night to play at home! Thank you again to all that could attend!
Check out the gallery below for photos!
Thank you to Bonnie Hoskeer Kirchner for nominating our class for Classroom Of The Week in The Berkshire Eagle! It was an honor to be able to share what we do every day with the Eagle and the students LOVE that we are in the newspaper. The website for the article is below!
You all know how much I LOVE the 100th day! Well this year was no different. We had TWO days of 100th day fun, all because a snow day pushed the actual 100th day to half day of school. The activities included:
What can you do in 100 seconds- This math activity required students to predict how many times they could do something in 100 seconds. Then they preformed the task and compared their actual answers to their predictions. Some tasks were writing their name, saying the ABC's, and clapping. They had a great time working together to count each others tasks in the 100 seconds!
100th Day Crowns: Students were given different craft materials to create ten strips of ten to make 100 objects hanging from their crowns! Check out the class website this weekend for photos!
If I were 100 Years Old: Students wrote about what their life would be like if they were 100 year old. Then they created self-portraits of themselves at 100. This is one of my favorite writing pieces of the school year because the students are so created and funny with their thoughts about what happens when you are 100.
Pigs In Counting: I read a book called Pigs in Counting about 100 pigs that play hide and seek. Then the students search the classroom for 100 hidden pigs! They worked together to put the pigs together to make a giant 100's chart. I think this may have been many students favorite activity this week!
100th Day Necklaces: Students worked to make necklaces today using different colored beads. The goal was to make a pattern with their beads and use 100 of them, of course!
100's Grid Name Pattern- Students created a color pattern using their name written over and over in a blank hundreds grid.
Students also were expected to make a 100th day project made out of 100 of the same items. Students then presented their projects and explained what they created, how they created it, and why they chose to create it. This years projects were AMAZING! Finally, we had a wonderful turn out of family members coming to our 100th day project showcase! The students just loved showing everyone their hard work! Check out the gallery below of all the first grade 100th day fun!