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Non-Fiction Topics

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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.

Shadow Puppets

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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.

Shadow Guessing Game

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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!

Properties of Light

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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!

Fractions

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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!

I Wonder...

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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!

Why Is Light Important?

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After learning about different sources of light, we shifted gears in Science and discussed why light is important. Students did an expieriment where they were blindfolded and had to try and figure out what a mystery object in a bag was. After, we had a Science talk about our findings!

Doubles and Fractions

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This week, we began learning about how the doubles facts relate to fractions. Students worked in a fun project where they had to split a cookie into equal halves to share with a friend or family member. They used their doubles facts to decide how many chocolate chips go on each half of the cookie to make it equal!

Word Study

Kate Mahony 0 Comment(s) Reading, Writing

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Each morning the Co-Teacher leads the class in practicing our Fundations sounds. Last week, students learned about R-Controlled vowels. We do not expect first graders to spell using this rule yet, however it is a rule they can recognize while reading! This week, we started a new unit on Closed Syllables.

Sources of Light

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This week we are zoning in on learning about light during Science. We have discussed the definition of a light source, and brainstormed sources of light. Students then worked with partners to determine whether specific light sources were natural or artificial.

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