Integrated Unit -Conservation Unit:
We finished up our Conservation unit. The students learned that we can reduce the use of water by turning the water off while brushing our teeth and by taking showers instead of baths. Riding bikes and carpooling can reduce air pollution, and using both sides of our paper can reduce the amount of paper we use! Additionally, we can make sure to turn off lights, TVs, and computers when we are not using them to save electricity and energy. Swing by and check out our finished recycled paper product… You too can make your own recycled paper after you read our How-To writing pieces. The students were even able to decorate their “new” paper! The smiles on their faces during this activity were priceless!! We enjoyed listening to the Louis Armstrong classic, "What A Wonderful World" which helped us appreciate all of the wonderful things that exist on our Earth. The kids now know that we must reduce, reuse, and recycle to keep our Earth beautiful just like the lyrics of the song. The students worked hard creating a mural that includes all of the wonderful things mentioned in the song like a blue sky, red roses, and green trees. Finally, they created an image of themselves with a “custom-designed” t-shirt advertising something they can do to help our environment. Be sure to check these out the next time you stop by the classroom!
Eco-Tour with Chef Lisa:
Thank you Chef Lisa for allowing our students the opportunity to explore and observe worms, and learn about their importance in our environment! The children loved this hands-on learning experience as they rotated through the many stations you had set up for them.
Current Unit - Metamorphosis:
The office staff was a little apprehensive about accepting a package for the First Grade two weeks ago. It had a big orange sticker on the side with the warning: “It’s Alive!” After much anticipation and guesses we found out that it was a special delivery filled with supplies for our final unit: Metamorphosis, “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly.” We welcomed our tiny caterpillars and were super excited to transfer them into individual cups for each student. The children have enjoyed watching them grow and change! This last unit further engages students in the investigation of patterns and cycles as they explore the life cycle of a butterfly. A structured comparison of life cycles and stages of metamorphosis allows students to identify similarities and differences among species. Additionally, students get a chance to provide for the needs of a living thing and observe its growth cycle.The unit begins with students applying knowledge from the previous unit (Conservation: The Three R’s) when considering the need for insects in our environment. Students will compare the basic needs of humans and plants with the basic needs of an insect by observing their food needs, environment, and directions for care. Students will locate each caterpillar body part and apply a function for each part. Students will then compare larva parts to that of a human and differentiate between the environmental differences of a human and insect to validate these parts. The students will observe the steps of metamorphosis and record their observations in their observation booklets. What a great way to wrap up our school year! Each morning, the children can’t wait to observe their caterpillars!! We have been so fortunate to be able to witness before our very eyes some of the caterpillars making their J-shape and even making their chrysalis!! It is truly a spectacular sight!! Be sure to ask your child about this…
We also illustrated each phase on our Butterfly life cycle wheel similar to what we have done for each previous unit (Human Life Cycle, Daily Routine Cycle, Plant Life Cycle, Moon Phase Cycle, and Recycled Glass Cycle). Soon we will study the butterfly's body parts, and the students will participate in a guided drawing activity to create their own oil pastel, labeled butterfly. These always turn out so beautiful!! We can’t wait for you to see your child’s on Portfolio Night! We will also begin a new writing piece describing the life cycle of a butterfly from the butterfly's perspective. These are always super-cute and creative!!
Mr. Mix, also known as, The Butterfly Man, came to visit the First Graders!! He always brings so much knowledge, energy, and humor to the classroom… The children (and teachers too!) absolutely love him!!
Our "Do Something" Beach Clean-Up
Our "Do Something" Spring service learning field trip to the beach was a huge success!! The children had a great time cleaning up our local beaches. It was extra special to have the opportunity to share this special day with our 5th Grade Buddies. A great big THANK YOU goes out to our parent chaperones for helping out... we could not have done it without you!
Language Arts ~ Writers Workshop:
We have started our new writing unit on Non-fiction writing. Each child chose a topic that they know a lot of facts about. We talked about facts versus opinions. We also brainstormed and learned the features of non-fiction books such as: labels, table of contents, maps, charts, photographs, graphs, diagrams, bold words, etc. and how to group facts together. The children did an awesome job writing their first non-fiction pieces. Next week we will continue working on our non-fiction insect books!
Reused Items - Invention/Project
Students were excited to create new inventions by taking “trash” and giving it a new purpose by reusing it, and turning it into something new. We learned first hand that one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure!!
We have been working on our review unit of Numbers 0 to 120. We focused on the 3 ways to represent numbers: standard form, expanded form, and making numbers using base ten blocks. We practiced creating and identifying different numbers up to 120 in small groups and by playing different games and participating in several fun hands-on activities. We have also been practicing skip counting by: 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Skip counting helps us to see patterns within numbers and builds our mental math fluency in addition and subtraction. We finished the unit with reviewing greater than, less than, and equal to... They love "hungry" Mr. Alligator!! We will begin our next unit on Measurement this coming week! Stay tuned to hear all about the fun activities we have planned for this unit!
We will miss you Miss Taylor!!
We really enjoyed having Miss Taylor as our practicum student this semester! The children grew to love her, as she was an amazing addition to our classroom.
Welcome to our class website!! Please visit often to check out our first grade fun!!
We've had a great start in First Grade! We have had so much fun getting to know one another and learning how to work together as part of a classroom community. We spent the first few weeks of school working on routines, expectations, and building our classroom family. We are now working on implementing all of the components of our daily academic schedule. The children have adjusted beautifully, and continue to impress me with their kindness and drive to succeed! I'm looking forward to a wonderful year filled with learning and fun!!