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Non-Fiction Research

Kate Mahony 0 Comment(s) Portfolio, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Writing


Students have been working hard on researching their non-fiction topics. They are using books, articles, and online resources to help us find answers to our wonder questions! Then, the students are using post-its and graphic organizers to record the answers they’ve found. Stay tuned as we continue chugging along to create non-fiction books of our own!

Outdoor Shadows & the Sun

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We have been exploring with outdoor shadows this week! On Monday, we went outside at 3 different times throughout the day. We observed how our shadows changed throughout the day depending on the location of the sun!

Reading To Answer Questions

Kate Mahony 0 Comment(s) Reading, Science, Social Studies, Writing


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.

Non-Fiction Books

Kate Mahony 0 Comment(s) Science, Writing


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 ...

Outdoor Shadows

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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!

Carnival of the Animals

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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!

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!