Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How To...

In Writer's Workshop, 1st graders have been focusing on informational writing. Each student chose a topic they were an expert on to create a "How To..." book. Once students decided on a topic they began with a rough draft, making sure to use rich transition words to organize their writing to make sense. After that, 1st graders used a new app Scribble Press to create a digital published book.

Check out our published digital creations by clicking on the book titles below:
Emma: How to Make a Fun Play
Brady: How to Play Minecraft
Dylan: How to Play Football
Lucia: How to Make Your Sister Laugh

Izzy: How To Run a Race
Gavin: How to Make Fruit Salad
Nikola: How to Play Basketball

Nathan: How to Swim
Oliver: How to Open Lego World
Colin: How to Draw a Hot Rod
Andrew: How to Run a Race
Trevor: How to Play Football
Olivia: How to Play Baseball
Isabella: How to Make My Brother Laugh
Abby: How to Make a Self Portrait


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Reader's Theater

1st graders have been hard at work learning about the water cycle. We have been learning about all the different places water can go by following two drops in a reader's theater. After practicing reading it with fluency and expression, first graders were ready to hear themselves read. We set up a giant green screen (thanks to Mrs. Klipfel for letting us borrow it) and we were ready to record. Using the Green Screen app by Do Ink (one of our favorites) we were able to add real water, clouds and even waterfalls behind our videos. Students said they were nervous to record but proud of their finished work..and they definitely should be very proud. Check out our Water Cycle Reader's Theater video below. It is definitely worth a view or ten.

Common Core State Standard RF 1.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Vacation Challenge

1st graders were given a little extra (optional) homework over vacation. I 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. 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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Monday, April 3, 2017

Water Cyle

Look right in front of you. Do you see that? Yes, right there all around you. It's water vapor! Over the past month, 1st graders have become weather experts. We transformed into scientists and began a water cycle experiment. Students constructed Mr. Potato head inspired water cups which we filled with water and put around the classroom. Some experiment cups had nothing on top of them, other had napkins, tissue paper, mustache duct tape and even plastic bags. We need lots of variables for a good scientific experiment.
Students worked as pairs to make a hypothesis about what they predicted would happen. Scientists observed all month making notes, diagrams and observations in their journals. Today was the last day of our experiment because the cup with no covering had only one single drop of water left! It took a few weeks but the water sure did evaporate.
Not only are 1st graders scientists but they have also turned into meteorologists. We have learned about four main types of clouds: cumulus, cirrus, stratus & cumulonimbus. Students have learned describing words for these clouds, constructed cloud flip books and even had Hayley LaPoint, a meteorologist from WMUR visit.
Do you know which clouds are the dark and stormy clouds? Or which clouds sometimes look like pancakes? Make sure to take a peek at the clouds with your child. They have tons of cloud knowledge to share! Science is as much fun as being on cloud nine!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dr. Seuss

We have been having a Seusstastic March! As part of Read Across America in Room 116 students went on a QR hunt around the classroom with all of their Dr. Seuss knowledge. 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.
We kicked off the month with a 1st grade reading of the Sneetches.  We got comfy cozy with our Kindergarten buddies and 2nd grade connections to share our love of reading.
Fuller Meadow had a wonderful visit from author and illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler who inspired us to use real life people and events to create stories.  We celebrated a month of reading favorites with a door decoration of favorite books and created our own favorite hats.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” -Dr. Seuss

Friday, March 17, 2017

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 tally and bar graph. Students first created a question to ask peers. They came up with everything from favorite animal, sport, dessert and even favorite ice cream flavor.
1st graders then walked around the classroom, with mustaches on, to collect their data. Once data was collected students tallied the results to create a tally chart and then created their own bar graph. After, we analyzed and interpreted our information.
I "mustache" you a question....do 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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day Challenge

1st graders were given a little extra (optional) challenge for our snow day.  Post a sentence and/or picture on the padlet below with your snow day adventures.  Are you staying in your pajamas all day? Playing in the snow? Helping to shovel or snuggling up with a good book?  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 camera symbol to attach a picture. You can also email me with your picture and comment and I will post it for you. I look forward to hearing/seeing what you have been up to today.  Fingers crossed we see each other tomorrow!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

iRead

With the wonderful addition of nine iPads right in our classroom, you might walk into Room 116 at any point and think that students are "playing" on the iPads but Klipfel & Kids are very busy learning. 1st graders have been loving using the iPads as digital print in guided reading groups, for independent reading and partner reading. 1st graders use iBooks to read digital texts with interactive digital features and to enjoy class books we have made this year.
We of course have some favorite reading apps. A new favorite app Epic! (the Netflix of books) lets students enjoy a wide variety of digital books. Scholastic Classroom Magazine is another wonderful app students love reading from to improve their nonfiction reading skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. Klipfel and Kids can't forget Raz-Kids where students have discovered the added features in the bookroom.
We don't stop there 1st graders are becoming experts on sharing their thinking about texts in digital form too! We can retell texts using illustrations from the story or what we visualized. Check out some of our work below or visit your child's drive to see more.
Students can read digital print at home. If you haven't already, save our class books in iBooks for easy reading anytime. At home, search the free books available in iBooks for your child to practice their reading or download our favorite reading apps if you don't already have them! Happy digital reading!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dear Crayons

Klipfel & Kids imaginations and creativity were swirling with our latest writing project. After reading the adorable book The Day the Crayons Quit, 1st graders were charged with the task of providing their opinion about which crayon in the box is their favorite and giving reasons why. First, we used the writing style of our story to write letters to the best crayon colors (in our opinion of course).
Afterwards, 1st graders digitally published their writing. Each student was responsible for their own page of the book. Students first illustrated in Drawing Box, put that illustration into Book Creator, typed their letter, picked their font, positioned their writing and illustration and even recorded their own voice on their page. Needless to say I was very impressed with these tech experts!
You may download our book on any electronic device to add to your digital library or you can view our book as a PDF for reading or printing on a computer.

Option 1: Add our class crayon book to your digital library (for iPad or tablet reading).
Click on the link: Dear Crayons
Then click on Download.
Click Open in iBooks.

Option 2: Read our class book in PDF form by clicking here.
 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Vacation Challange

1st graders were given a little extra (optional) homework over vacation. I 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. 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 comment and I will post it for you. I look forward to hearing/seeing your fun vacation posts to come.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

World Read Aloud Day

Today marked LitWorld's campaign for sharing the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Room 116 had an extra special treat for World Read Aloud Day and was able to skype with a wonderful published author, Jennifer Fosberry.

Our skype visit took us to California (thanks to Ms. Fosberry for squeezing us in early with the time change). Before our skype visit we voted on which one of her stories we wanted her to read. It was a tie for My Name is Not Isabella and My Name is Not Alexander.

We let Mrs. Fosberry break the tie and she choose to read her very first book, My Name is Not Isabella. She explained how her famous books My Name Is Not Isabella were inspired by her daughter who loved dressing up as a princess or prince. Mrs. Fosberry wrote her story because she wanted to teach her daughter about all the other wonderful people she could use her imagination to be such a Amelia Erhart or Sally Ride.

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.

Common Core Standard: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Roses are red, violets are blue. Miss Klipfel's Class says, Happy Valentine's Day to you! Enjoy our Valentine's Day poems by clicking the video below. We hope your weekend is filled with chocolates, hearts and lots of love. 

xoxo Miss Klipfel's 1st Graders