WOW! This month has been fantastic! We have really jumped right into fun in first grade! We began our math center rotations and our literacy rotations, which occur daily in the classroom. They are filled with journal writing, games, computer enrichment, and small group instruction. The students are LOVING them!
We just finished up writing a How To Carve A Pumpkin flip book in writing. The student were great at describing the steps in sequential order and illustrating their own jack-o-lantern.
We had our FIRST SECRET READER! Thank you to Natasha (Remie's mother) for volunteering to be our first secret reader. She was wonderful and the students were excited to hear 4 brand new stories! We can't wait for the next secret reader to arrive next month!
We took our first field trip (in the pouring rain!) to Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock to pick pumpkins and learn more about their life cycle. The students fed farm animals, traveled through a hay maze, heard a read aloud called Spookly, took a rainy hay ride, and pick their very own pumpkins. The rain didn't put a damper on our day at all. We all had a terrific time.
Finally, we rounded the month off with our Pumpkin Extravaganza! We spent the morning doing fun pumpkin centers! Each center included math, science, and writing. There was Pumpkin Sink or Float- where students predicted if they thought their pumpkin would float or sink and explain why, Candy Corn Estimation- where student estimate how many candy corns are in three different jar and then see how close they were, Pumpkin Measurements- where students weigh their pumpkin and determine their height in cubes and circumference using a tape measure, Pumpkin Shapes- where students play a game where they have to make a jack-o-lantern using pattern blocks, and Mystery Pictures- where students have to solve addition and subtraction problems and color by number to uncover a mystery picture. Right after lunch we dissected pumpkins and counted their seeds using ten frames. And we ended the afternoon decorating our own pumpkins using googly eyes and Sharpie Markers.
Needless to say...This has been an AMAZING month in first grade! Check out the gallery of some of our events below.