This week we read Steve Jenkins book "Biggest, Stringest, Fastest" and learned about how we can ask and answer questions while reading books. It is important to be curious and wonder while reading because it helps us to learn more! Students will begin to ask and answer questions when researching their non-fiction topics.
Each student chose a non-fiction topic to research and write a book about! Students began planning their books by thinking about a topic they know about, but also have some wonders about. They then planned their table of contents as a organizer to help determine what they still need to research! We are also continuing to work on different wonder stations where we observe and think about wonder ...
On Monday we were able to take advantage of the warmer weather and get outside to explore shadows! We saw lots of shadows outside and recorded our discoveries in our science notebooks!
Last week we got to go watch Kindergarten’s performance of Carnival of the Animals! Students had such a fun time reminiscing on what animal they were in Carnival, and the new students really enjoyed the performance for the first time! Incredible job, Baker K! We are becoming more and more excited for our Bugz performance!
We have been working on thinking about our big wonder questions. Last week, each student chose one big non-fiction wonder to become an expert in and write a book about! We began by thinking about questions we have about our topic.
We made shadow puppets in Science! We decorated them with lots of colors and details. We made the shadow of our puppets, we observed that the shape did not change, but the color and details did.
After learning that shadows don’t show colors or details, we played a guessing game with all of our shadows! We tried to guess who’s shadow was who – we found it was tricky without color and details!
First graders have been exploring with all types of light tools! Last week, we used prisms, color paddles, and flashlights to experiment with light and color. This week, we thought about light properties and learned the vocabulary words "transparent, translucent, and opaque". Next, we’re on to explore shadows!
We have been learning lots about fractions in first grade! Students chose two fractions they’d like to work with, and we created a fraction flower garden in the classroom!
We just began a new unit all about wonders! First graders began by brainstorming their three biggest wonders! Next, we discussed the difference between "heart wonders" and "book wonders". First graders chose a heart wonder to think about, and searched deep in their heart, as well as their peer’s hearts, to discover some answers to their heart wonders!