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 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!
Made with Padlet

Thursday, March 9, 2017


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!