We will be starting a research project soon! We will be researching animals and learning how to gather facts and put them on a poster, or in our car, a zoo sign! Today we picked a partner to work with and then chose our animals.
We also talked about the differences between animals at the zoo and the same animals in the wild. We watched a cool zoo video and then had a group discussion about their needs. Animals in the zoo depend on humans to take care of them.
After the discussion, we created double bubble maps to compare and contrast these two animals.
Now that we have picked our research animals, we will be able to observe them in their zoo habitat at the Zoo Field Trip on Friday!
Since we are starting a research project next week, we needed to learn about author's purpose. An author can write for many reasons, but the main three reasons we have been talking about are to persuade, inform, or entertain. We did a fun book club activity! We read books, discussed our books, and even ate popcorn together!
Today we practiced identifying the different types of books. We each read a card that gave a short summary of a book and then had to decide which purpose it fit best with.
We introduced our last literacy station today! Before we can start using our devices, we had to learn to use them and how to be online properly! We talked about responsibility online and then signed our Digitial Citizen Contract.
Sharing the Planet
My favorite animal is...
We are taking the neon green opening sentences from last week and turning them into a writing piece this week! We will be writing about our favorite animals.
Animals Depend on Humans
We talked about the difference between animals that depend on humans to survive and animals that live in the wild that survive on their own. First we looked at our Isopods and talked about what they needed to survive in our classroom.
Then we worked in groups to make a circle map about other animals that depend on humans to survive.
We had a very special visitor come in to our classroom today! Pearl the Hamster came in and rolled around the classroom for us to observe how she depends on her humans to survive.
Place Value Games
We explored some really fun games about place value to review what we have been learning in math!
Calling All Book-aneers!! The book fair is here!!
Super Star of the Week: BO!
Our Super Star of the Week this week is Bo! Bo is a super star because of his awesome personality. He is happiest when he is playing and is proud of himself because he has friends and family. When he grows up, Bo wants to be a builder. His favorite school subject is extended planning (extra specials time) and his favorite book is The Giving Tree. Thank you, Bo!!
Sharing the Planet
We have Isopods!!!!
We have Isopods visiting our classroom this week!! They have been so neat to observe!
Parts of the Plant
Today we reviewed and observed the different parts of the plant. We started by doing a pre-assessment of labeling a plant and what the plant needs. Then we went out to the Pinkerton to Patch to observe, sketched and label the different parts that we found in real life.
We came inside and read the book The Tiny Seed to talk about the life cycle of the plant and discuss how the seed needs certain things to be able to grow. We worked with a partner to tell what plants can do, what they have, what they are, and what they need.
We practiced finding the characters and setting of different stories today. We worked in small groups to create a chart for characters and setting and then read a big book together.
Neon Green Opening Sentences
We are practicing how to open our writing with really good, attention grabbing sentences! We are learning to open our writing with questions, sounds, and opinions. We started out by finding and writing the opening sentences of different books. Then we practiced writing our own about our favorite animals.
Sharing the Planet
Animals looks like their parents. We look like our parents. Characteristics are the features we have that make us look the way we look. The reason we look like our parents is because we have inherited their characteristics from them! We looked at a great video of baby animals to see how they also resemble their parents.
We checked out our own inherited characteristics by looking in mirrors and talking about which features look like which of our parents.
Today we read the story Are You My Mother? We talked all about the different animals and other things in the story and the reasons why they were not the Baby Birds mother. We also talked about story elements and listed the characters and settings of r story.
Sharing the Planet Vocabulary Wall
We are creating a word web with our vocabulary that we learn this unit. Each day we add new words and then connect them with yarn if we can explain how they are related. We will keep adding words to our web throughout the whole unit and keep making connections!
Today we learned about life cycles of different animals like the chicken, frog, and fish! We studied them online by looking at a beat simulation and then we practiced ordering them ourselves.
Handwriting Without Tears
We started our handwriting lessons today! Our lesson was "Pencil Pick-Up." In this writing game, we pick the pencil up and complete as much of a task as we can in a few seconds before the teacher says pencils down. What a fun way to learn which hand is our dominant writing hand!
OTHER 1C NEWS!
Action in FIRST GRADE!!!
One of our 1C Learners is taking action in the world. Rohan is working to raise money to help the school and learners in India with their schooling environment. Rohan is taking donations through a Readathon Program! See the picture below and click the button for more information on how to become a part of the Readathon and donate to the cause!
Rohan also paid tickets to Be Proud and Read Aloud! He shared a really neat book about the human body with the class!
Super Star of the Week: Sylvanus!!
Our Super Star of the week this week is Sylvanus! Sylvanus is a super star because he is great at playing chess! He is happiest when he is playing soccer and proud of himself for creating things. When he grows up, Sylvanus wants to be a scientist! His favorite school subject is recess and his favorite books are Magic Tree House! Thank you, Sylvanus!!
Happy Birthday Nathan!!!
Our Day Today!
My animal adaptation is...
We have been working hard on this writing piece and it has been so much fun! Today we took our stop light writing and wrote our final copies! Tomorrow we will add the illustrations of us with our new animal adaptations!
Bird Beak Investigation
Similar animals have adaptations that may look the same, but they are used in different ways. We read a fun book about these similar adaptations and how they are used. We had some great conversations about claws and beaks.
This led into our investigation of different bird beaks. We simulated how bird use their beaks differently to eat different foods! We used different tools with different foods to see which ones worked better.
We used our new knowledge from the investigation to explore actual bird beaks in a really neat book that shows all about birds and their different beaks.
Read to Someone
We added another station to our literacy stations today! We practiced Read to Someone and really enjoyed reading with a partner!
Math: Place Value
We are working so hard to learn and understand place value by taking numbers apart up to 120. We are learning the ones, tens, and hundreds places and how to write them out. We are also showing these numbers with Base 10 Blocks! Every Math lesson starts with a journal. This week our journals are all about place value and different ways of counting.
We are working on our Go Math lessons together to practice making numbers with Base 10 Blocks, write their place value, show the number, and write the value of the digits in expanded form! What a tough concept!! Today we practiced making different numbers with our blocks and writing these different things with dry erase boards and markers. We also learned that numbers can be shown in different ways, like 23 can be shown with 2 tens and 3 ones or it can be shown as 1 ten and 13 ones!
Guidance with Ms. Kirkley!!
Ms. Kirkley gave a great lesson today! We listened to her read The Recess Queen and talked about having confidence! Then we played a fun game of Pickle Bingo to learn about our feelings!!
SHARING THE PLANET
We have had a great week so far! We started out the week by showing what we learned about different animal habitats last week. We made circle maps or tree maps to show that we know what animals, plants, and water sources are present in that habitat.
My animal adaptation is...
This week has been all about animal adaptations and how animals change to survive in the environments. We have been doing and will keep doing some really neat experiments. We are also doing a fun writing piece about what animal adaptation we would like to have if we could!
Wild sense of smells!
Animals use their different body parts in such neat and useful ways. One of the most important adaptations that animals use is their sense of smell. We did this great smelling activity. We each had a small vile with a different scent in it. The object of the activity was to find others with our same scent to form 5 different groups. The scents we used were peppermint, lavender, vanilla, lemon, and vinegar.
How do animals use blubber?
We did another cool experiment about how animals in the Arctic habitats can survive in the cold. They have this thick layer of fat called blubber. We read a really neat book about Penguins to start the lesson.
To do the experiment, we first dipped our bare hands in ice water to feel how cold it is. Then we tried the same thing again, but this time, we dipped our hands in the water with a blubber glove! With the thick blubber glove on, we were able to keep our hands in the water for much longer.
Animals use camouflage in their environment to protect themselves and to hunt other animals. We watched some really cool videos to see how animals use their camouflage in the wild. Then we read a great book called The Mixed Up Chameleon . To see how well we could apply camouflage to an animal, we tried to color a fish to match its background to protect itself from a predator!
SUPER STAR OF THE WEEK: BRODY!!
We had our first mystery reader today! It was Bo's mom!! We had a wonderful time listening to great stories: The Giving Tree and I Don't Want to be a Frog. Thank you for reading to us!!
Sharing the Planet
We worked really hard this week to learn all about animal habitats. We learned about the desert, the jungle, the ocean, and the arctic. We talked about the animals that live in these habitats, why they live there, and about the water sources that we might find in them. We created giant Circle Maps to show what we have learned by first finding the right habitat for an animal we chose, and then working with a group to add more to the habitat. The groups presented their posters to the rest of the class!
Our Day Today!
We had another great day today!
What's your favorite water source?
We spent more time discussing water sources and writing about them. We chose our favorite water source to visit and wrote three reasons why it was our favorite. We started this writing piece by making a tree map to organize our thoughts.
After making our tree map, we learned a new writing process skill. We learned how to do Stop Light Writing today! This method of writing helps you to organize our writing with a beginning sentence, explanations in the middle, and an ending sentence.
Living or Non-Living?
We reviewed living and non-living things today with a really fun slideshow. We named whether the pictures were showing a living thing or a non-living thing and then explained how we know. We even had a fun challenge of deciding this with sunflower seeds, an egg, and an apple! We had some GREAT discussion!
We started talking about the different types of habitats that animals live in. We looked at the ocean, the jungle, the desert, the arctic, and ponds/lakes. To get our brains thinking, we did an interactive Smartboard activity and put animals in their proper habitats.
Math: Tens and Ones to 50
Every day we begin our math lesson by doing a fun math journal entry. These prompts are made to help us think! Today's was an extra fun question. We had some very creative answers!
We use Texas Go Math to do our math lessons with an interactive Smartboard lesson and then hands on practice together. Today we learned how to use Base 10 Blocks to represent numbers as tens and ones, up to 50! We worked really hard and did a great job today!
Our Day Today!
Today we started our first IB Unit! Our first unit is called Sharing the Planet. In this unit, we will learn all about how animals can interact in their environment. To introduce the unit and get us all hooked into learning, we worked together in groups to sort different photographs of animals.
A video of our sorting...
Sharing the Planet
Each IB Unit has a central idea, which is the main focus of our learning and then lines of inquiry, that show what we will learn about. We looked at these today and then explained what it means.
We had a ton of questions about what we will be learning and how we will learn it. We wrote these questions down and put them on the "I Wonder..." wall.
Some great questions!!
We will be learning about animal habitats this week. One important part of an animals habitat is where it will get its source of water! We read a book called Rain Drop Splash and discussed the different water sources such as ponds, streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. We worked with a partner to sequence the story with a Flow Map.
Work on Writing
We learned a new literacy station today! In this station, we will be practicing our writing skills.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVA!!!
SUPER STAR OF THE WEEK: SOUKHYA!!
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