We started learning about our think not skills this week. In this station, we will be doing puzzles and coding on the iPads!
Magnets are very interesting! We explored how magnets repel and attract certain things, like different kinds of metal. Magnets are a naturally occurring thing in our world and are important for many things that we use every day. We did a magnet investigation to see what other types of things are magnetic and non-magnetic.
We learned about three major important sources of energy today! We started out by sorting a set of mystery cards into categories. It was fun to see how these cards could be sorted without knowing the categories before.
We took what we learned and made a tree map together of different things that have these forms of energy. Then we split up into three groups to discuss why each form of energy is so important to us and our planet.
Writing Super Sentences:
We are learning to be super sentence writers this week! First we learned how to make our sentences look like super sentences by making sure they begin with a capital letter, have spaces between words, and end with punctuation. The last couple days, we have learned to make our sentences sound like super sentences by making sure they are complete sentences! We learned what run-on and fragments are.
Our Day Today!
We learned a lot of new stuff today! It was a great one!
Approaches to Learning: Self-Management Skills
We learned our next station for our Approaches to Learning Skills. Last week we practiced using our social skills. Today we added in our self-management skills.
A lot of this station involves using our fine motor skills, time management, and spatial awareness. Many of the parts of this skill are things we do every day, so that is why we focus more on the things that may be a little more challenging for us as first graders. Here are the choices!
Math: Expanded Form
Today we learned even more with Place Value! We have been working on showing numbers with standard form, Base 10 Blocks, and by decomposing numbers in different ways. Today we learned expanded form to show that a number like 142 can also be shown as 100+40+2!
We practiced this skill by playing a fun game with a partner! We played Roll, Build, and Write. In this game, we rolled a dice to get out 3 digit number, then we made the number with base 10 blocks and drew it, then we wrote the number out in expanded form! To check if we were correct, we used Expanded Form cups to see the answer.
Writing Super Sentences
We have learned nouns, eras, and adjectives. Now it's time to form Super Sentences with these types of words. Today we talked about how all sentences should start with a capital letter, end in punctuation, have spaces between words, and make sense. We watched a fun song to learn these important rules.
We worked together to correct sentences as a whole group together, and then we worked with a small group to make silly sentences with a Roll A Sentence game!
SUPER STAR OF THE WEEK: AVA!
Our Day Today!
We had a really awesome day today! We did a lot!!
Mrs. Neil, our wonderful technology teacher, came in and showed us how to use Schoology on the iPads! We will use this app throughout the school year to reflect and share about our learning. We made our first post today of a selfie and told what we want to be when we grow up.
Fall Book Fair Preview!
We previewed the book fair with our 4th grade buddies today! They helped us make our wish lists!
Math: Practicing with Base 10 Blocks
Show me another way to make 58!
Making Motion and Transferring Energy
We took all of our motion knowledge and put together a Rube Goldberg Machine with a group! We watched a great example of how a large machine works with a music video from the band Ok Go.
We made a sketch and a list of materials then put our own together.
Awesome groups, working hard!
What we are up to...
Math: Decomposing Numbers
We have been working so hard to decompose two digit numbers this week. We are using Base 10 blocks to show that a number can be represented in different ways.
Force, Motion, and Energy
We have been learning about the ways that matter can move this week. We did a lot of cool investigations to see how forces can put objects into motion. Check out the investigations below!
Playground Motion Mission
How do we use pushes and pulls on the playground equipment?
Will a ball move faster down the tall ramp, or the short ramp?
We used a wireless smart cart on a large ramp to test this experiment in another way. Here are the results! The brown graph is the tall ramp and the orange ramp is the short ramp.
We reviewed the vocabulary we have learned by playing a memory game today!
Our Day Today!
Approaches to Learning Stations
Every morning, after finishing our journals, we will be doing stations to learn certain life skills. The IB Program focuses on 5 transdisciplinary skills: social skills, self-management skills, thinking skills, communication skills, and research skills. These five skills help our learners be successful in school and in life! We started with social skills today.
In this station, we will learn to take turns, share, and work cooperatively with others. We will also be learning how to take on different roles when working in a group.
Math: Decomposing Numbers
We are learning to represent numbers in different ways using Base 10 Blocks. Today we showed all the different ways to draw and make a number with a partner.
Literacy Stations: Listen to Reading
We learned the fifth and final literacy station today! We learned about two great reading programs to listen to reading with. We will use Istation and Raz Kids. We talked about the rules and what it looks like to do Listen to Reading properly.
Impact of Energy: Force and Motion
we have talked about how to describe matter and how matter can change. This week we are learning about how Matter can move through the impact of energy. Today we learned vocabulary for forces and motion. We learned directional words and described how marbles were moving through a marble maze we built with a group.
We have learned nouns and verbs last week. Now it is time to learn adjectives! We will be writing super sentences before we know it! We watched a really fun video on Youtube that I have shared below. We also described ourselves using adjectives!
Super Star of the Week: NEEVI!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEEVI!!
How The World Works
Changes in Matter
We have been working on changes in matter this week. We did some great experiments to see how solids and liquids can change properties and become a new state of matter! We made butter, pancakes, and ice cream!
We used motion to change a liquid into a solid!
We mixed solids and liquids to make liquid batter and then watched as heat changed our liquid into a solid again!
SAY PANCAKE! When they were finished, we put our delicious homemade butter and syrup on our pancakes and ate them!
Making Ice Cream
We used bags of ice and salt to freeze our ice cream mixture to turns liquid into a solid!
Happy Birthday BEAU!!
What we are up to...
IB Word of the Week: Empathy
Our IB Word of the week this week is empathy. Empathy means thinking about other people's feelings and putting yourself in their shoes.
We read the book Bear Feels Sick and saw how bears friends took care of him when he was sick. Then the friends get sick and Bear shows empathy by taking care of them. We also added empathy to our word web!
Math: Making Ten with Ten Frames
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