We started our next unit today! It is called "Where We Are in Place and Time."
To introduce this unit, we spent the whole morning without electricity! What would life be like if we lived before electricity was discovered and the light bulb was invented? What was life like 100 years ago? Why is electricity so important?These were some questions that we asked ourselves during this experience today.
In this unit, we will be exploring our own personal histories and discovering the relationship between our own histories and the histories of important historical figures of the past.
We spent some time exploring some cool articles about the Past, Present, and Future today. We practiced note taking while reading and then shared what we learned and what some of our favorite parts were.
Our Day Today!
Today we talked all about the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty! We talked about what they symbolize for the United States and where each is located in our country. It was really fun looking at the Statue of Liberty's Live Cam to see what it looked like today!
We are closer to solving the Mystery at The Club Sandwich! Today we gained a few new clues and got a new suspect! We are nearing the end of the story about about to solve the case of the missing marbles. We made predictions of what we think happened to the marbles and how the thief will get caught!
Planting in the Garden!
We planted onions in The Pinkerton Patch today! In the spring, first grade will host a Farmer's Market that is made entirely of vegetables that we plant and grow ourselves. Potatoes and radishes will be added into the mix soon as well! After planting we talked about the importance of taking care of our garden and tending to our vegetables ourselves. We also took notes about the different things we observed in the garden, while we were outside.
Classroom Photographer: ANIA!
Ania paid 50 Tickets to be the classroom photographer today. She spent the day with an iPad taking pictures of the activities that we were doing. She got some great shots! Check out her slideshow!
Valentine's Day Fun!
Our Day Today!
This week we are learning about US Symbols! We will cover the meaning behind the US Flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, the Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty! We will be doing many fun activities with these symbols!
We will be using our knowledge about US Symbols to write an Acrostic Poem about a symbol of our own choosing. We practiced doing this with our own names today!
This week, we are becoming detectives! We will be working on a case all week long to solve the "Mystery At The Club Sandwich." So far we have helped Nick Trunk to figure out how Lola Grace's 6 lucky marbles have gone missing from her dressing room. We have learned 2 clues so far: a feather in the room and a smudge of peanut butter on the door!
In Math, we are working on Subtraction Strategies! We have added some new learning games to our math stations and are always working on our Math Fluency with Reflex Math.
Our Day Today!
For R-Time this week, we talked about the word "respect." We made our respect lexicon, did a fun group activity and then played a game of "Roll and Respect!"
We are still working with some fun compound word activities! Today we watched a fun video and then created a flip book with a partner. The challenge was to make sure that our pictures for the individual words did not match the picture for our compound word!
We finished learning about some of the important Texas Symbols today! After learning about the Texas Flag, the Alamo and the Texas Pledge, we wrapped it up by learning the Texas Anthem, "Texas Our Texas" and then the Texas State Motto: Friendship. We are taking what we learned about our symbols and turning some of the facts into a 5W Poem!
There is a very sweet video below of the class singing along to Texas Our Texas! They said they had never heard the song before!
Our Day Today!
We are talking about Texas Symbols this week. By the end of the week, we will have learned many interesting facts about Texas such as the meaning behind the flag, the Texas Pledge, our state motto, the Texas Anthem, and some interesting facts about the Alamo!
We will be taking what we learn about the Texas Symbols and using this knowledge to write poetry later this week! We enjoyed reading some poems from a fun book called, I'm Still Here In The Bathtub. We also talked about what we know about poetry already. We learned how to write a fun type of poem called a "5W Poem."
We have been having some fun with Compound Words this week! We have read three fun books to teach us how two words can squish together to make a new word, giving it a whole new meaning!
We also played a really fun game called Compound Word Snowball Fight! We balled up some papers that held words on them that will create a compound word when combined with another! We had to grab a snowball and hunt for someone that found our match!
Addition Strategies: What are the different ways to add numbers? We have been investigating this question with our Go Math to learn how to make adding a little easier to understand. We are learning how to combine to create 10, using a 10-Frame.
We have also been working hard in our Math Stations for complete activities on our own, play learning games with a partner, and working hard on our math facts and fluency on Reflex Math!
Approaches to Learning Stations
My personal goal this year is to incorporate a new center rotation that directly works with our IB Transdisciplinary Skills, which are:
These skills are the skills needed to become a successful learner. It is important to learn how to use these skills and use them well, and I decided, why not start early?? Each center is designed for the learner to explore, investigate, and discover different ways of applying these skills.
The Choice Board
Learning in Action
Our Day Today!
All About Contractions
This week we are getting into some writing skills by learning how to form a contraction by combining two words into one! We read a really fun book called Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and pointed out the contractions in the book. Then we became surgeons!! We very carefully used our surgical scissors to remove letters from words and then sutured them back together with our surgical glue and bandaged up our new words!
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Now that Bunny Town has come to a close and we have helped the bunnies recycle and reuse their materials, we refocused ourselves into the importance of recycling in our world. Today we worked on answering some of these questions:
We started out by observing some illustrations taken from the book, Just a Dream. We wrote in our journals about what we noticed about the pictures and what the world would be like if the things we saw were to really happen.
Recycled Materials Investigation
After talking about the importance of recycling, we had a long discussion about what happens to the things we recycle when they leave our house. We took time to really investigate some of the items that can be made from the things that we recycle.
After our investigation, we shared the notes that we took about the items we observed. We watched a fun Brain Pop Jr. video and talked about the importance of recycling again. We closed the lesson with a really cool video about what really happens to the materials when they leave our homes!
Last week we created fun recreational games for the bunnies to play to keep them happy! The teams came up with some great ideas! Enjoy the video!
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse!
The bunnies have lived together for many years now, and they have collected a lot of waste! Our mission today was to recycle and reuse the Bunny Town materials to create something new for the bunnies!
The Materials Before...
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