Friday, January 19, 2018

Opinion Writing

In writer's workshop, 1st graders have been working on opinion writing. 1st graders have LOTS of opinions but we have learned that the best opinions are supported with reasons why. To practice our opinion writing, students first voted on their favorite season.

In these seasonal groups, students then worked together to brainstorm why they like that season. Many students loved summer for swimming, fall for leaves, and spring because we finally get warm weather to get outside.
Group members working on reasons for why they love their season
Each group wrote their reasons on large chart paper and then presented their work to classmates. Groups made sure to start by stating their opinion, giving multiple reasons and closing with their opinion. This helped us work on being good presenters and audience members.
We'd love you to leave us a comment with your favorite season and a reason why.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year

To start the new year off right we brainstormed New Year's resolutions. We discussed how these are goals or promises we make to ourselves for the new year. 1st graders used an organizer to think of personal goals, school goals and goals for friends and family. Then they picked one resolution and typed it using the iPads onto our Wallwisher.
We would love for you to add your 2018 resolution to our wall. Just double click anywhere on the wall. Then add your name and type your resolution (I need to approve it before it will show up on our wall). Happy New Year!

Friday, December 22, 2017


You know Dasher and Dancer and Miss Klipfel and Vixen. Mango and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous 1st graders of all? 1st graders started this adorable project with a directed drawing to make reindeer. They were instructed with step by step directions that turned into darling reindeer that were all just a little different. We then painted and of course added a glitter red nose.
Once our drawings were finished our reindeer came to life. Check it out with our song below:
Happy Holidays from all of us in 1st grade! Thank you for all the adorable holiday cards and the generous gifts. Have a wonderful relaxing vacation with your children. Klipfel & Kids will see you next year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Grinch Day

1st graders had an idea, an awful idea, a wonderful awful idea...Grinch Day! All the Whos down in Whomeadow, the tall and the small, enjoyed an awfully wonderful Grinch Day. 1st grade gathered in the amphitheater and enjoyed the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Later, Klipfel and Kids worded on a Breakout EDU: Grinch Edition to stop the evil Grinch from stealing the holiday spirit. Students had to work collaboratively in teams to solve the clues and open all the locks.  
Later in the day, each 1st grader made their own Grinch card with pictures and kind messages to help grow another person's heart. We even got to visit different first grade classrooms while we worked.
At the end of the day, 1st graders then gathered around in a circle (just like the Whos) and played musical cards to the song, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. We passed our cards from one Who to the next until the singing stopped. Each 1st grader then got a card made by another 1st grader to help make their heart grow (it also helped grow their teachers' hearts). It was truly adorable!
We know the Grinch's heart was too sizes too small so 1st graders were on the lookout for others showing kindness to one and all throughout the day. We added lots of new hearts to our giant Grinch and learned the most important lesson of all.
Merry Grinchmas!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

1st Grade Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, in a school far far away, the whole Fuller Meadow 1st grade, wrote two magical fairy tales. It all began many days ago with our collaborative brainstorming session to discuss potential fairy tale elements. Once writing and illustration were complete in all five classrooms, our group fairy tales were ready to be put together in Book Creator using a little extra fairy dust. 1st graders are pleased to present Princess Ruby and the Magic Wand and Princess Ruby and the Lava Lair!
Click the cover pictures above to be linked to a printable version of our book for you to cherish forever and ever. Below, watch the books as a movie, read aloud by our own fluent first graders!

Princess Ruby and the Magic Wand

Princess Ruby and the Lava Lair
You can also add The Adventures of Princess Ruby to your digital library.
Click on the links: Princess Ruby and the Magic Wand and Princess Ruby and the Lava Lair from an iPad, iPhone or tablet.
Then click on OPEN IN and then Open in (see illustration below)
Click Open in iBooks.
As the story goes, students and teachers lived happily ever after with a new magical tale added to their digital library to read again, and again and again.