Friday, March 28, 2014
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! 1st graders came up with rhymes to create a silly poem. Afterwards, 1st graders drew caricatures based on their poem. Next, we used a new favorite app Chatter PIX to record our voices. Check out our work below!
Friday, March 21, 2014
Read Across America is still going strong here at Fuller Meadow School. Last Friday was silly sock day and today was crazy hat day. Look at our very creative (and a little crazy) outfits.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
We have been having a Seusstastic March! Klipfel & Kids is going for the gold as part of Fuller Meadows Read Across America program. As part of Read Across America in Room 116 students went on their first QR hunt around the classroom with all of their Dr. Seuss knowledge. Using the app, Qrafter, students worked in pairs to scan the QR codes with the iPads. Once they scanned the QR code it brought them to a Dr. Seuss question that they needed to work together to answer. Try scanning the codes below (all you need is any free QR scanning app for an iPhone, iPad or iPod).
There was lots of Dr. Seuss trivia. Do you know where Dr. Seuss was born or what the first book he ever wrote was? How about the number of words in Green Eggs and Ham? If not, ask your first grader to help.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Author and illustrator, Maryann Cocca-Leffler visited Fuller Meadow School today. She spoke to students about becoming book creators and how it all starts with an idea. She told tales from her childhood that she later turned into published books. We learned that Princess Kim and the Lie that Grew was inspired from the time Mrs. Cocc-Leffler informed her 1st grade class that her father owned Coca-Cola and could bring some for the whole class. She drew a spectacular Princess Kim illustration while we watched and listened to a new song from Princess Kim the Musical.
1st graders were also surprised to learn that Mr. Tanen (who really wore crazy ties) was a real principal from the school Mrs. Cocca-Leffler's daughters attended. After reading many of her wonderfully illustrated stories, students responded to their favorite book in their read and respond journal.
|Thanks to all the dad, big brothers, and moms who let us borrow their ties for the day (and helped us tie them).|
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1st graders can now officially say they've been to Australia (well virtually at least), as part of World Read Aloud Day. The first Wednesday of every March marks LitWorld's campaign for sharing the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Room 116 had an extra special treat for WRA and were able to skype with author Sally Rippin half way around the world in Australia. We made sure to say "Good Morning" at the start of our skype visit, since Sally was just waking up, even though it was the end of our school day.
|If you'd like to know more about Sally Rippin and her wonderful stories take a look around her website: Sally Rippin's Homepage|
The boys and girls have loved getting to know Sally's characters Billie B. Brown and Jack better over the course of the last few weeks. Billie B. Brown and Hey, Jack! are perfect stories for our emerging 1st grade readers. Students can relate to these characters and were able to learn some valuable lessons. We can't wait to read more!
It’s hard to imagine a more delightful holiday than World Read Aloud Day, “to celebrate the power of words and create a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.” Never underestimate the power of reading aloud with your children.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
We are so excited for our next big learning adventure to be Kid Bloggers! Starting today 1st graders were given their own blog and have become published online writers. Students wrote about something that others don't know about them and I have to say I learned quite a few new facts about my 1st graders. We used the iPads to access our Kidblog and type our 1st post.
|Our 1st time blogging!|
Monday, March 3, 2014
Look right in front of you. Do you see that? Yes, right there all around you. It's water vapor!
|Our class made water cycle|
|Experiment in progress...|
Once experiment cups were filled with water, students worked as pairs to make a hypothesis about what they predict will happen to the water in their cup. 1st graders wrote their hypothesis in their water cycle journal.
|Will there be a cloud in our classroom soon??|
|Will the water evaporate a little or a lot??|