Saturday, April 21, 2018

Vacation Challenge

Klipfel & Kids has partnered up with our penpals from Steward School in Topsfield for a little extra (optional) homework over vacation. We have heard all about your travel plans to tropical places, trips up north, and staycation activities. Now it's time to share them on the blog together. Share a picture or comment anytime this week about what you are up to this vacation. Double click anywhere on the padlet below to add your comment. If you'd like to attach a picture then double click to add your sticky note and click the arrow symbol to attach a picture. You can also email me with your picture and/or comment and I will post it for you. I look forward to hearing/seeing your fun April vacation posts to come.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Museum of Science

1st grade scientists came in ready to go this morning, for our VERY exciting field trip to the Museum of Science. We had a full day of exploring so many amazing math and science exhibits, from a mirror maze, live chicks, and even dinosaurs. Fuller Meadow first graders took a trip through the universe to see how the moon phases work and even check out some planets up close, with our visit to the planetarium. Huge thank you to our chaperones for helping make our field trip run smoothly and the MPTO for making it possible. Check out some of our pictures: 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Rhyming with Seuss

Inspired by Dr. Seuss this month in Writer's Workshop we have been working on creating our own rhymes. We used a very popular Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham to help us get started. First, Tim Tebow came for a virtual visit and read us the silly story. Then, we decided on our own food that we definitely would not, could not eat (not in 1st grade even if it was homemade)! 1st graders came up with rhymes to create a silly poem. Afterwards, 1st graders drew caricatures based on their poem. Next, we used a favorite app Chatter PIX to record our voices all by ourselves. Check out our work below!

Monday, March 26, 2018

I "mustache" you a question...

As part of our Math in Focus curriculum and Common Core State Standards students learned how to organize, represent and interpret data. 1st graders put these skills to the test and created their own Google Form. Students first created a question to ask peers and the Fuller Meadow Community. They came up with everything from favorite animal, sport, dessert and even favorite ice cream flavor.
1st graders then walked around Fuller Meadow and the classroom, with mustaches on, to collect their data. 
Once data was collected students sprinkled their Google Forms with some fairy dust and instantly turned their data into bar graphs. Afterwards, we analyzed and interpreted our information by projecting our bar graphs on the Smartboard.
I "mustache" you a you love 1st grade?
Common Core Standard for Math: 1.MD.C.4 -Measurement & Data - Represent and interpret data: 4. Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fuller Melody

Ding! Boom! Bing! The hallways of the Fuller Meadow 1st graders have sounded a little something like this over the last few weeks. Our new science program has brought us the very noisy, yet very fun, unit of sound. 1st graders began by investigating rubber bands and their ability to make sound. We were fascinated to learn that the thicker the rubber band, the lower the pitch.
After learning about sound, vibrations, pitch, and volume, Klipfel and Kids set out to make their very own instruments. We created everything from shakers to drums and even guitars made out of toilet paper rolls.
Thanks to the talented Mrs. Alvarado, The Banana Splits (our new band name) were ready to jam.

Next stop, Carnegie Hall.