Sunday, December 10, 2017

1st Grade Fairy Tale

Princes and princesses of 1st grade have been royally enjoying exploring the elements of fairy tales. We discussed how fairy tales are made up stories that usually have magical elements and often contain the number 3 or 7. Klipfel & Kids along with the rest of the Fuller Meadow 1st Graders were inspired to write our very own group fairy tale. We began with a collective brainstorming session to discuss possible story elements.
After coming up with some magical ideas, possible settings and even potential characters, each class had to determine which part of the fairy tale they would write. This year 1st graders across classrooms are writing two fairy tales with the same beginning. Meaning our tales will have common characters and settings but the events will be different. We will have so much comparing and contrasting to do! Here is how we broke each story into parts:
Klipfel & Kids rolled the dice and landed on the end, meaning we are responsible for writing the solution to our first grade fairy tale.
We are anxiously waiting for Mrs. Scharffenberg's class to write the beginning and Ms. Teixeira's class to write the middle so then we can get started. Once each class writes one part of the story we will then digitally illustrate the story and create a digital book. This really is one collaborative project! Stay tuned for our first grade fairy tales coming to an iPad near you soon.

First Grade Common Core Standard for Writing - W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


1st graders have been busy exploring 2D plane shapes and 3D solid shapes. Students worked on distinguishing shapes by defining and non defining attributes. As part of our Math in Focus program we explored, identified and described plane and solid shapes. Students took plane and solid shapes to compose pictures. Partners worked on using good math vocabulary to discuss how many sides, vertices, edges and faces these shapes have.

Students then took cut outs of plane shapes to compose pictures in their math journals. Students counted the different number of triangles, circle, squares and rectangles in their creative pictures.
You can even make a monkey out of shapes! 
Our shape creating fun led us into a great discussion about the 2D and 3D shapes we see at school, at home and all over the world. Our emoji pillow is really a cylinder but has a face of a circle and our keyboards are rectangles. We even discovered that our tissue box is a rectangle prism with 6 faces, 12 edges, and 8 vertices!

What shapes do you see around you?

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Before Thanksgiving break we ended the day by playing my favorite game show, Jeopardy! 1st graders from our class and Mrs. E. Higgins' class had a blast reviewing all the different things we've learned so far this year.

Students took turns selecting a category and amount. Our categories included:

Writer's Workshop

What's the date?

Count on Me

Gobble Gobble

Name that Sound

What's in your Book Basket?

1st graders worked as groups to figure out the answer and then wrote it on their iPad. Groups then turned their iPads around to reveal their answers. In this case four heads were definitely better than one. 

Students impressed their teachers with knowledge of book genres, calendar questions, and even knew the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Ask them to share about Jeopardy!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We are Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving from all your 1st grade friends. There are so many wonderful people and things we are thankful for each and everyday. Click below to see what we are thankful for.
I am thankful for my lovable first grade family. Happy Turkey Day!

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.