First graders have been exploring family traditions as part of our Social Studies curriculum. First, we read Patricia Polacco’s The Keeping Quilt to learn more about traditions. Then, students discussed their family traditions. Finally, they illustrated their favorite family traditions and shared captions to describe them. Enjoy their thinking!
Extend and enrich our study of the Colonial Era by visiting Plimoth Plantation with your child!
Mathematicians in Room 123 need empty paper towel tubes for a special project. We appreciate your help in gathering them!
Remember our personal narrative about creating our virtual tour of Richards School? Writers in Room 123 have been learning about adding details to make a personal narrative even better, and practiced doing so on our class narrative.
Writers first added details about who and when:
Writers also added details about their emotions, how they feel during the event:
Finally, writers added a title to catch the reader’s attention:
After this guided practice, first grade writers began adding these details to their own personal narratives!
These tallies offer many opportunities for math problem solving. Students count how many teeth are lost each month as well as altogether. They also compare totals for each month, and figure out the difference between the months. Students are also challenged to decide if it is probable that tooth loss in the current month will tie or beat that of previous months, and to explain their reasoning.
Lots of learning from a simple celebration!
First grade mathematicians have been learning about visual patterns, and they found many right in our classroom! Working in pairs, students found patterns, photographed them, and then used words to describe the patterns. Check out their learning below:
A host of ninjas and other interesting characters enjoyed Room 123’s Halloween party on Wednesday! Students made origami bats, which will be shared with the residents of a nursing home. The bats they created display an amazing range of personalities:
No doubt the residents will enjoy these spooky creations! Room 123 would like to thank all the parents who contributed to and helped at the party!
First grade writers are learning about personal narratives. This week, Room 123 collaborated on a personal narrative about a classroom event: making our tour of Richards School. Students first worked in pairs to recall the event, making sure they remembered what happened at the beginning, the middle, and the end. Then, students wrote this draft together:
Of course, this is a first draft. Over the next few weeks, students will revise this piece as they learn more about makes a strong personal narrative. Keep watching for these revisions!