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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

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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.

Book Reviews

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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.

Light and Shadows

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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!

Compliment Posters

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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!

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