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!
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!
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.
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.
To wrap up our Opinion unit in Writing Workshop, we learned the craft of writing book reviews. Students chose their favorite book in the classroom and wrote very persuasive reviews to convince their readers to read the book.
We just began a new Science Unit about Light and Shadows. Students began by activating their background knowledge and recording everything they already know about light and shadows. This unit will lead us through learning about light, and then we will move on to learn about both indoor and outdoor shadows!
For Valentine’s Day week, we made compliment posters for every kid in our class. Students thought of a compliment to put on each kids poster. We are a class full of bucket fillers and really enjoyed spreading love to one another!
We celebrated 100 Day in first grade by doing a switch with all the other first grade classrooms. Students made 100 Day hats, built structures with 100 cups, and made gumbball machines with 100 gumbballs!
Throughout our China unit, we have also been doing an author study on Chinese-American author Grace Lin! To wrap up our author study, students wrote letters to Grace Lin about their favorite book she’s written. We’re keeping our fingers crossed she writes back!
Last week we had been preparing for 100th Day during Reading and Math stations! Students worked on writing 100 words, opinion writing choosing between 100 of two objects, as well as fun math stations adding up to 100!