Hello families! I'm sure by now your sweet little firsties have come home to tell you all about our work with pumpkins this week. We have been talking about seasonal changes (from summer to fall) and pumpkins have been a big part of our discussions. On Tuesday, we experimented with a large one and a small one. We measured using unifix cubes, counted the lines, and did so much more. We found out that the small one floated and only had a few seeds inside. The large one was too big to try to test for "float-ibility" but we did cut it open and scoop out the seeds. There were A LOT more. OVER 300!!! We had a little extra time before dismissal so we all decided to let Ms. Blackwell carve a shape face. We used two squares, a triangle, and a crescent to make the face. The children loved it!
The students in room 10 started a unit on matter on Monday. We have spent the last 2 days talking about properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Yesterday we tried to see if we could freeze a bubble by blowing regular bubble solution outside while it was cold. We didn't have too much luck, but we decided to try again today. I read that bubbles will freeze better if they have something super cold to stick to so I went out early this morning and put a pan in the cold. Our class gave it some time to get super icy cold and then we bundled up really well and headed out for a few minutes. GUESS WHAT!?!? We did it! It worked!!! We froze 3 bubbles! The most fun part of the experiment was seeing how PART of one of the bubbles popped, but the rest of the bubble stayed together like an icy little igloo. Check out our pictures below and ask your student about our fun experiment!!
OUR BIG DAY IS ALMOST HERE! Tomorrow is Polar Express Day! I'm SO excited to share some fun experiences with my lovely class. We will start our day with our usual calendar routine and then prepare to create number sentences with hot cocoa projects. After IE, we will read "The Polar Express" and begin to prepare our hot cocoa for the afternoon. Later on we will enjoy the movie while snuggled in our pajamas and sip on our delicious treat from earlier in the morning. We will take a little time in the afternoon to compare and contrast the book and the movie and complete a few other fun activities. If we can't squeeze everything into our day tomorrow, we will roll it over into Thursday for even more fun! Rest up sweet first graders!! Tomorrow is going to be BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!
Hello again everyone! I just wanted to quickly post to give you an update that we will be starting a long unit on addition and subtraction in math this week. Tomorrow we will start talking about adding numbers and some strategies that can help us. We will mix it up and talk a bit about subtraction and strategies on Tuesday. In the days and weeks that follow, we will begin a new sequence to master our basic facts. To begin, we will talk about "plus one, minus one." Parents, please be sure to help your little firsties learn their math facts as knowing them will truly give them a tremendous advantage as they move forward in both first grade and the remainder of elementary school as well. Please check out the website on our LINKS page and contact me if you are looking for additional ways to help your child at home. Thank you for your support at home!!
Hello Ridge Families! I hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Break!! Did anyone do any traveling during the extra few days off from school? What were some of your new favorite memories from break? James and I had fun visiting with a friend and eating lots of delicious food. James ate up macaroni and cheese, stuffing, turkey, broccoli, carrots, AND mashed potatoes! He certainly is a hungry boy! We spent the rest of our break decorating our house for Christmas -- well, I decorated! James tried to pull everything down as soon as it went up! Tell me all about your Thanksgiving Break in the comments below!
Our class has been working on place value in math over the last week. Students are learning how to count base ten blocks, identify the place that numbers are in, and find the value of the digits as well. On Friday, we used base ten blocks to build houses. Students worked together to find the value of the homes that they made. Tomorrow, the children will work independently to create their own place value houses and find out how much they are worth to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.
Hello again Ridge Families! I know that this is coming to you much too long after our trips, but I still wanted to be sure to share them with you. Our class had an AMAZING time at Maymont Park and enjoyed a fun lesson with Young Scientists just a few days after that. Check out some of our fun pictures!
SO many of the amazing students in Room 10 were able to move their clips OFF THE CHART on Friday! I am so incredibly proud of how hard these wonderful children worked!! They were fantastic listeners and workers during our Young Scientist lesson, rotated and completed centers like pros, and earned two green cups in the lunch room too! We enjoyed an extra 15 minutes of outdoor recess and Mrs. Hatfield gave a special shout out to our entire class during afternoon announcements as rewards for making such excellent choices! On Monday morning, students will be able to choose their "blinged out" clip to put on display on our "Wall of Fame" outside our door. I'll be sure to post pictures when our display is all ready!
Thank you to all of my amazing SUPERHERO first graders and their families! The first week of school was a great success!
We spent the first day of school calming our nerves by reading a story called "First Grade Jitters" and mixing up some Jitter Juice. We also began learning our whole brain rules and practicing basic procedures in the classroom. Later in the week, we enjoyed attending specials, exercising for Workout Wednesday, learning our calendar routine, graphing gummy bears, and so much more! Ask your child about what his/her favorite part of the week was.
I'm proud to say that we have already had FOUR students achieve OFF THE CHART behavior! These students were able to "bling" out their clips for display on our Wall of Fame in the hallway and choose from the Reward Board in our classroom. Great job friends!! Keep up the awesome work!
Next week, we will begin working with more concrete concepts and begin diving into SOLs. Ms. Thomas will also begin teaching some lessons and helping me with assessments top determine student reading levels. It's going to be a busy week and I'm excited to share it with all of you!
Hello Ridge Families! I hope that you have all enjoyed our snow days this week. Do you think we will be back at school tomorrow? If we are, please be sure to bundle up really well. It's going to be SUPER COLD! I wanted to take this time to let you know that our class website will be up and running again. I hope that you have been able to take advantage of some of the links and resources on here while I was out on maternity leave. Please check them out if you haven't done so yet. I will making a blog post every once in a while to update you all on the fun things going on in our classroom. I will also be uploading our weekly homework assignments as well. This should help you find sheets or assignments from our weekly packets if the copies are unclear or if a sheet should go missing from your child's red folder. As always, I welcome your feedback. Please let me know what I can do to make this site work better for you and your family. Stay warm and I hope to see you all tomorrow!