Monday, April 16, 2012
To make these lovely flowers, the students made two colors of petals (one color more than the other) and wrote a math subtraction sentence on a leaf to find how many more of one petal color the flower has than the other. Fun and pretty!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
To make learning to write a "how to" paragraph a little more fun, we decided to make delicious s'mores in the microwave as a group. We wrote our group how-to together on large chart paper. The students then made these adorable paper s'mores (above) and wrote their own directions on how to make them. So fun and yummy!
Teaching first graders to do "research" can be challenging! This year to complete our space research I divided my students into table groups. Each group brainstormed and wrote down a few questions on chart paper. The next day, the groups looked through books on their topic and wrote the answers to the question on the same chart paper. It was helpful to have at least one really strong reader in the group. The other group members took turns writing and all flipped through books looking for information. As a final product, each student made a "Did You Know" poster using the answers to the questions and any other interesting information they found out. Each group shared their findings aloud.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
After spending a little time playing outside with our shadows and discussing how shadows are made, we made these adorable groundhogs and shadows. We made certain our sun was in the correct spot to cast the shadow in our pictures and cut the black and brown paper at the same time so the shadows would match exactly. (Make sure the kids turn the shadow the correct way so it doesn't look like a mirror image.)
We spend a lot of time on poetry in our classroom. I provides a lot of bang for the buck. I use the weekly poems to "dig out" and review nouns, verbs, word wall words, rhyming words. We have a weekly reading comprehension test using our poems as well. The students pictures above are being "Word Wall Detectives" using magnifying glasses to search for word wall words and highlight them yellow. Since we add new word wall words and new poems to our folder each week, the search never ends right back to the first poems added at the beginning of the year. Each week there are new words to find. This is a great challenge activity for early finishers too. Have fun detectives!