Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Adventures

Old friends and new friends, add a post or picture with your summer adventures. I look forward to seeing your days at the beach, reading by the pool and flights to adventurous places. If you are having trouble adding a post or picture, email it to me at jklipfel@middletonps.org and I will add it for you. Happy summer days!
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Goodbye Friends

First grade sure was easy!
Dear First Grade Families,

It's finally here-summer! Today, I give you back the same child from the fall a few inches taller, a few months wiser, and much more mature. Although this growth would have happened anyway, it has been my pleasure to watch them develop every day. They are all readers, writers and mathematicians, and I am overwhelmingly proud of each and every one of them.

One last thank you to all the boys and girls for their continuous hard work this school year. Thank you also to the parents for your support and encouragement from home, as well as, all our faithful blog followers. We loved all the times you visited our classroom as guests, mystery readers, volunteers or helpers.

Enjoy your days at the beach and nights by the BBQ. Don't forget to post your summer adventures on our summer padlet or send me an email jklipfel@middletonps.org with what you are up. I love nothing more then getting notes and postcards too! This summer, encourage your student to join the library's summer reading program. Trips to the library on those rainy days can be a great way to spend time-you might just see me there. Don't forget, our blog and Symbaloo are always there with great links to learning. Do a little bit of practice with words or numbers every day. Your children love to learn – they'll surprise you.

We have truly lived, loved, laughed, and learned together this year. I wish it could continue but each and everyone of you is ready for 2nd grade. Remember, I will always be interested in your child's future, wherever they go, whatever they do. Their joys and sorrows I will always be happy to share, so please make sure to keep me in the loop for many years to come. Until we meet again!

Love always,
Miss Klipfel
Hello 1st Graders                                                       Goodbye My Good Friends

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Monkey Day

Marvelous Monkey Day was a magnificent hit in first grade. Today we met Margaret and H. A. Rey the author and illustrators of the Curious George Series.

Curious George and our monkey friends from home helped us do our school work all day. In reading, 1st graders learned the story behind the creation of the Curious George stories. Curious George began as a character in Margaret and H.A. Rey's french book titled Raffy and the Nine Monkeys. We practiced drawing George step by step and I LOVE how different all the monkeys look.
Afterwards our monkeys joined us for a most delicious snack break. I couldn't resist making a few banana phone calls. Another part of monkey day included brainstorming things we are curious about and using crazy Curious George hands to help us practice telling time.
Writer's Workshop had 1st graders transforming themselves into curious little monkeys. Imagination and creativity shined through as these monkeys came to life.
1st graders get an ape-plus for today! Check out all our monkey photos:

“George can do what kids can’t do. He can paint a room from the inside. He can hang from a kite in the sky. He can let the animals out of their pens on the farm. He can do all these naughty things that kids would like to do.” -Margret Rey

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tide Pool Boogie

Thank you to everyone who could attend our Tide Pool Boogie this morning. As you can tell 1st graders have learned so much about Tide Pool creatures. They worked very hard learning all of the songs, poems and hand motions.

We also loved having you back in our classroom for our Author Share. The boys and girls have been working hard since September to become better writers and were extremely proud to share that with you today. It is always a treat as a student, teacher or parent to see the growth since the beginning of the school year. In the words of a first grader, "Look how I used to spell that!"

Check out our favorite first grade memories video:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Field Day

Today was a jam packed 1st grade day with field day, sports day, Pigeon and Mo Willems. Needless to say we had a spectacular day (and yes we're ready for a nap). Students (and their teacher) played tug-of-war, ran through obstacle courses, and ate delicious snow cones. Students even had a sponge race. Smiling faces and cheers filled the back field!  Check out our field day slideshow:

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this field day a success!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tide Pools

The BIG day finally arrived! Today we suited up and headed out to Odiorne Point in Rye, NH. 1st graders had a blast exploring the rocky shore and seeing first hand everything we've been learning. Thank you to all the chaperones who braved the weather and were able to join us today on our excursion. Our little scientists did an excellent job sharing all their sea creature knowledge. I'm happy to report we all looked adorable in our tie dye and made it back to school with smiles on our faces. Enjoy our tide pool slideshow:
p.s I am collecting pictures for a slideshow for our upcoming Tide Pool Boogie Performance so please email me the great snapshots you took today. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Breakout EDU (1st Grade Edition)

A few weeks ago, Dr. Carreiro brought Breakout EDU to our Fuller Meadow staff meeting. After trying Breakout EDU with some Fuller Meadow colleagues, I just HAD to let my 1st graders try! Dr. Carreiro let our class be her guinea pigs. She set the boxes up and got the learning activity ready.
Students were split into two teams to work together to solve clues and unlock locks in order to break into the box. Clues were based on one of our favorites, Pete the Cat, making it fun and educational for students. During the Breakout EDU, Klipfel & Kids were problem solving, using critical thinking and working on their communication skills. 
Personalities, strengths and leadership skills were apparent during this activity. This breakout allowed quiet bystanders to have their voice heard and help their group solve the clues in order to crack the clues. Dr. Carreiro and I were blown away!
and then....


Thank you again to Dr. Carreiro for introducing this amazing learning activity to me and facilitating it with us. We will definitely be back for more!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tide Pool Research

1st graders had a wonderful experience getting their hands wet with tide pool creatures when Joppa Flats brought their amazing Rocky Shore presentation to our school. Thank you PTO!
With our curiosity peaked, students began using both digital and print non-fiction texts to learn facts and information about different tide pool animals. 1st graders were split into groups to fill out organizers and learn facts as they read.
Deep in research
Each group became the expert on that ocean animal so they could then teach the rest of the class. We recorded all their information on large posters hanging in our classroom and our own field guides (making sure to add labels and captions-just like in our nonfiction texts). 
To top it off we even created our own classroom tide pool. We can't wait to share all our scientific knowledge with you at the tide pools on Thursday!

RI 1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. SL 1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Talk about one egg-citing day! In case you haven't heard, Room 116 had thirty-seven new feathered friends. Yesterday was our official hatch day and our chicks didn't disappoint. 21 days ago the wonderful Mrs. Bucchiere (also known as Farmer Darcy) brought in eggs, an incubator and her chick hatching knowledge to let us observe this life cycle right in our classroom. 
We had viewing parties throughout the day and watched some chicks hatch right in front of our eyes. Enjoying chirping background music throughout the day, we observed egg tooths, first pips, and zipping in real time. We saw first hand how much work it takes for chicks to hatch out of their shell and see how exhausted they are when they make it out.
To end our day, scientific observers wrote, drew and diagrammed what they had been observing for the past 21 days. Students even made books entitled, How To Hatch Chicks.
Today we said goodbye to our feather cluck-mates. We watched as their down feathers puffed up and saw them pecking away. Room 116 might be sad to see them go but know they are off to a good home.
It truly has been a special science experience (for me too). Another special THANK YOU to Farmer Darcy for allowing us to take part in this real life science learning!

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 Cycle

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!