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This week we have worked on recording an answer to two-choice survey. Our first question was introduced during our math lesson on Monday and each morning since, there has been a new survey question to answer on the board. Luckily, our first question was asking the students to choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream. What could be better than to get to eat your answer? So, after each child was called up to record their answer, they got to take and ice cream in that flavor and enjoy a little treat. This has been a fun activity, and everyone has enjoyed learning about opinions and seeing how we don't all like the same things!
Kindergarten has been buzzing with excitement because we just got our caterpillars in! We have enjoyed studying and learning all about the butterfly's life cycle and seeing our caterpillars grow in size and shed their skin. We finally got to see them turn into their chrysalis. Now, we are patiently awaiting the appearance of our beautiful butterflies. we have kept a butterfly journal and each day we document what stage of life they are in. It has been such a fun learning experience!
We began our fun study on rainbows this week. The students have learned how rainbows are formed and the colors in a rainbow. We did some hands-on activities to ensure everyone knew the colors and order of the rainbow. The first activity that we did was we sorted and graphed Skittles in rainbow order. After the graph was complete, everyone got a tasty treat. Then, we did a science experiment. We placed skittles around the edge of a paper plate. Next, we poured warm water onto the plate and watched what happened. We were amazed by the rainbow that formed on the plate, right in front of our eyes. It was amazing to see all of the colors, without them getting mixed together. We also read the fun book "The Rainbow Fish" and then we stamp painted our very own rainbow fish using celery! This also reinforced the color order of the rainbow!
Our 100th day of kindergarten was a fun celebration of all that our kindergarteners have learned and accomplished so far this year. We made all of our events of the day themed around the number 100. We spent the day counting to 100 and doing various activities that had us counting to 100. That afternoon, we closed our day off with a party. Our party had six different stations, each one themed around the number 100. The students got to rotate through making a gum ball machine with 100 gum balls inside, building with 100 leggos, playing in our dramatic play center where we pretended we were 100 years old, making a fun snack with 100 pieces of food, building a structure with 100 toothpicks and marshmallows, and participating in 100 different workout moves. Needless to say, we celebrated all that we had learned and the kids had a very fun day at school!
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s day coming soon, we have been reading books about his life, his dreams, and the changes that he made in our country's history. We have also watched a couple of videos about him and discussed the changes that he wanted to see and how he always showed love, no matter how much unkindness he saw. At the end of the week, we did an "eggs-periment" with two eggs. Each set of partners had two eggs, one white and one brown. I had one partner pick one egg and the other got the remaining egg. I had everyone with a white egg crack it open on the plate, then the partner with the brown egg cracked their eggs open onto the plate. After both eggs were open on the plate, we observed that despite the fact that the eggs were different colors on the outside, they looked exactly the same on the inside. This was a great visual that showed the students how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw people and why he wanted to end segregation. Here are a few pictures from this experiment!
This month has been full of activities,practicing for programs, and crafts. Kindergarten preformed a fun program for the school, parents, and friends after chapel. The students worked hard practicing songs, memorizing a bible verse, and reciting a poem. It was a fun time for all. We also enjoying a fun gingerbread activity. We have been working on graphing, so we incorporated a little Christmas fun into our lesson. The students were given a gingerbread man cookie and were told to take one bite. After the bite they took, they had to tear off where they bit their cookie on a construction paper gingerbread man and then graph it. It was good practice placing a real object on a graph. It was a fun learning experience and a tasty snack as well!
We began our November unit study about pioneers. We learned about who the pioneers were and the dwellings that they lived in. After a few days of learning this information, we got to make our very own log cabins out of graham crackers, peanut butter, and pretzel sticks. It was a fun way to get our hands moving and it made for a tasty snack afterwards! We learned very quickly that making a miniature log cabin was not the easiest task, but it taught us about how hard the pioneers had to work to build their log cabins to live in. We have so many more fun things to learn about the pioneers before we have our very own Pioneer Day! Check out these pictures of the kiddos at work:
In these first couple of weeks of October, we have investigated pumpkins. These Kindergarteners have enjoyed working with partners, groups, and independently to learn about these festive fall fruits. We began our study by learning the parts of a pumpkin and then we moved into learning the lifecycle of them. Then, we got to do some investigating. We classified the pumpkins by size, next we measured how tall the pumpkins were with our linking cubes, then we made predictions on whether or not the pumpkin would sink or float, and finally we estimated and counted the seeds inside of a pumpkin. These hands on activities were engaging and fun for all of us. You can see the surprise in the students’ faces when the pumpkin actually floated!
We cannot believe that we have already been in school for a month, time sure does fly when you are having fun! As we wrap up our unit study on trees and apples, we had some fun learning about the life cycle. We also ended September with making our very own apple sauce. The students made it all by themselves! It turned out so yummy, everyone loved it. We learned sequencing through this activity and the students were able to retell the steps that they did to make their apple sauce. We also used these sequencing skills in our life cycle studies! Also, we were able to go to the school library and browse and pick out a book to check out for the week. The students LOVED getting to look at all of the books in the library. Then, I couldn't even get them to close the books when they got them. It was so much fun!
Throughout the month of September we have learned all about trees and apple. We have covered everything from parts of an apple and a tree to the different types of apples and trees. The kindergarteners have loved getting to go outside at our beautiful campus and explore the things we have been studying. They have learned so much from stepping outside of our classroom walls and getting our hands dirty in nature. We studied the life cycle of a tree, the different species of trees, fruit produced by the trees, and so much more. Our apple study began after the introduction of fruit production on trees. Our class has also had some yummy snacks during our learning! We had cookies that looked like the rings in a tree, we baked individual apple pies, and we will make our very own applesauce!
We have had such a fun start to Kindergarten. In these past three weeks we have made new friends, learned all about our new classroom rules and we have had A LOT of fun! Once we got into the swing of things we jumped right into exploring the trees on our beautiful campus. Aside from all of the other fun learning we have been doing, the students have loved our tree and apple unit. We have measured the circumference of tree trunks to see how many kindergarteners could fit inside the trunk of a tree. We also have collected different objects off of trees and made rubbings of them. The students have learned vocabulary to go along with this unit, as well as the parts of a tree and apple. Here are some fun pictures from our first three week of kindergarten!
These past couple of weeks, first grade has learned so much about poetry. They explored different genres of poetry, various poets, and even poetic devices. Throughout their studies, the students put together an original anthology of all their own work. They worked hard for weeks putting them together. At the end of our poetry studies, our class held a poetry café. Friends and family were invited to enjoy listening to the poems each student had written, while also enjoying an atmosphere similar to a real poetry café. It's safe to say that everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the event.
These first graders have spent the last couple of weeks learning about our solar system. We took a field trip to Shreveport, Louisiana to visit the Sci Port Science Center. The students had the opportunity to go to the planetarium there, and learn even more about planets, stars, the sun, and the moon. They also got to explore and play on some fun physical science exhibits. The students had a lot of fun with the hands on learning. After we returning from our field trip, we learned about the phases of the moon. As we learned more about the phases, the students completed an activity that outlined each phase that Earth's moon goes through and in the order that it happens in. Of course, getting to use Oreo's to represent the phases of the moon made the learning more fun and memorable for the students. They enjoyed getting to create the phases of the moon out of the yummy frosting in the Oreo cookies. Then after we completed our activity, the students got to enjoy a yummy snack as well!
Over the past couple of weeks, our first graders have learned about geometric solid shapes. After a few lessons learning about each solid, we all collected recyclable trash. We tried to bring objects that were shapes that we had learned about. Next, the students were given partners and each set of partners chose an animal or a robot that they wanted to create and build out of our recycled trash. After the students planned how they would build their creatures, they went "shopping" through all of the recycled trash that we had collected and they chose different geometric solid shapes to help them create their animal or robot. Finally, they would bring their finished product to me and I helped them glue and secure parts of their robots and animals down.
After learning about geometric solids, we switched our focus to science and learned about what a solid actually is. Then we discussed solids, liquids, and gases. The students really enjoyed learning about this because they realized that everything around them was either a solid, liquid, or a gas. It was a fun discovery. Next, we did another activity, where the students chose a partner and they created visual representations of solid, liquids, and gases. Each pair had three pieces of construction paper and fruit loops. The pair labeled that papers "solid, liquid, and gas" and they glued the cereal to the paper to represent how a solid, liquid, and gas looked. The students enjoyed this hands on activity, plus they got a fun snack out of it!
Our first grade class had a lot of fun collecting birthday items to make birthday bags for Harvest Texarkana. After collecting the items for a week, the students spent the morning assembling the bags. It was a fun opportunity for our students to give back to their community. That day we also celebrated 100 days of school! We kicked off the festivities with finding 100 hidden chocolate "kisses" around our room and placing them on our 100's chart. We also giggled while counting to 100 many different ways as we walked around the campus to our enrichment classes. We ended this fun filled day with a snack bag that included 100 treats.
This week we have begun our study of weather. We made cloud flip books to help us learn the different types of clouds. The students enjoyed this hands on activity. We combined glue and shaving cream to create a fluffy, cloud like paint. We are also learning about weather predictions. The students love to make predictions of what they think the weather will do for a week. They are a very creative group! This week, the students were introduced to congruent shapes. We had a lot of fun practicing making congruent shapes with our Geoboards.
Our first week back from Christmas break was a success. We learned about facts and opinions and also commas. We played center games this week to reinforce what the students learned during instructional time. The kids loved our centers this week. We also got to work with our friends in Mrs. Looney’s first grade class during instruction and center time. We had twice as much fun! The kids also got some fun indoor recess toys this week. We got Legos, Lincoln Logs, and a lot of other fun toys to make staying inside on cold and wet days more fun!
Our first grade class has had a lot of fun learning through games and other activities in these past few weeks.
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Our class is learning about a local charity called Church Under the Bridge. They are gathered around the pastor as he shared the importance of giving with the class. These first graders donated many items to local homeless people to help keep them warm during the winter months.
The students are posing in front of our classroom Christmas tree after they decorated it with sight word ornaments and spelling word ornaments.
First graders love putting their hands on things so they really enjoyed getting to practice sight words and spelling words while decorating the tree!
We also got cozy and creative during a few rainy days when we stayed inside for recess.
The students have enjoyed rolling dice to practice solving two digit addition equations. Playing games always makes learning more fun!