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!

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