Sunday, November 12, 2017

Give Me Five, Turkey!

I am always shocked that some students have never made a hand turkey before. I guess you have to learn everything somewhere and what better place than 1st grade!

These turkeys quickly turned into mathematical tools. We'll use them to help us count by fives throughout the month of November.
Make sure to practice counting by fives at home. Mix it up by starting from any number. Use your hand turkeys to help or nickels to make sure your child really understands how to count automatically by fives.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy Halloween

Stuck on a word....

have no fear your reading buddies are here!

The power might have postponed us but it couldn't stop us! Happy (belated) Halloween from your favorite 1st graders! Thank you to those who donated to our Halloween Party with delicious food or games. A special thanks to our room mother for organizing our event and all the parents who helped during the big party.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Reader's Theater

1st graders have been working hard on their reading fluency and expression this month with a delightful Pumpkin Patch Reader's Theater. We practiced, performed, and then recorded our work, focusing on our expression and fluency. We even got a little fancy and used a green screen while recording to add a real pumpkin patch to our movie. Check it out below:
Make sure to be on the lookout for these future Hollywood actors and actresses.
Common Core State Standard R.F. 1.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Perfect Plump Pumpkin Alliterations

Our perfectly pretty pumpkin published alliterations are done! Alliterations are sentences that have the same sound repeated at the beginning of many words. First, we used pictionaries to help brainstorm words that start with the beginning sound in our names. We unscrambled funny alliterations on the Smartboard to help us understand that our alliterations must make sense. Students then wrote a sentence to make their own alliterations that went with their adorable pumpkins.
Wait, we weren't done yet. Next, we used the iPads and took a picture of our pumpkins in the courtyard. As a class we recorded ourselves fluently reading our sentences using one of our favorite apps Chappterpix. Make sure to watch our final published piece above.

First Grade Common Core Standard for Writing: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


A huge thank you to the Hanglin family for their very generous donation of pumpkins for the whole classroom! We have made the most of this bountiful harvest and completed different learning activities with our pumpkins.
First, we turned into scientists to observe our pumpkins. We used all of our senses - we smelled the pumpkins, felt the pumpkins, and looked at the pumpkins' color, shape, texture, lines, etc.
Next, we decorated our orange friends and turned them into pumpkin pals. We used them to help us practice our reading fluency. Our pumpkins really enjoyed hearing our just right books!

Stay tuned because next we are using our pumpkins for fun fall writing!