We have been working really hard to make our own butterflies to decorate the hallway and teach other students walking by a little about the life cycle of a butterfly. I think they turned out really well.
We had an amazing trip to the Zoo today. We saw all of our favorite Alaskan Animals and learned a lot! The kids were so excited to be at the Zoo and I am so happy that we all got to experience it. In Science we have been focused on learning about Alaskan Animals so being able to see them was a real treat. The animals were all very active today too so that was great. My personal favorite was getting to see the seals. One seal in particular could not get enough of the kids. It just seamed as if he/she was just as interested in learning about the kids as the kids were learning about it.
We started off the morning by dying eggs. Then we wrote a "How To" paper explain the process of how to dye an egg. It took a while talking through the entire process as a class but we did it. After lunch we graphed egg dying results. Pink was the clear winner!! Then, we started our Egg Drop Challenge. This was the highlight of my day. Each group carefully designed a contraption to protect their egg from a fall. As you can see from our other graph most of our eggs cracked but it was still a lot of fun.
Today we earned our S'more Party! Since our main story for the week was "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" I decided to combine that and our party and make S'more pancakes for the kids. We read and measured out all the ingrediants together then I cooked them as the kids watched from their desks. It was a lot of fun!
What a week of celebration we had 2 birthdays, mine and Dr. Seuss's! We read Dr. Seuss books everyday and did a craft or science activity to go along with each one. Everyone had such a great time! Above are our paper mache balloons to go along with "Oh, The Places You'll Go!". We got tons of compliments on our hallway display. We even won prizes from our librarian!
This week we did a think, pair, share activity while answering some "Close Reading" questions about one of our stories this week. We worked for 3 days with the same groups. I caught this group above in the picture working really hard to quietly discuss one of the questions. I just thought it was really sweet that they were taking it so seriously. I had to try and take a quick picture without them noticing me :) Just another daily reminder of why I love teaching, especially 1st Graders!! Sometimes they completely make my day in the smallest way.
Today we got to visit Mr. Page in his brand new classroom for Reading Buddies! These 3rd and 1st graders always impress me with how well they work together. Usually, I have the 1st graders read the weekly main story to their buddy then they get to take a book of their choice. Basically a book that they can read on their own and a book they they can read but might need a little help with (that's where our buddies come in handy).
Today we did some candy heart sorting, and graphing. It is always more fun to graph things we get to eat! We also had a field trip today. We went to the Performing Arts Center to see the New Shanghai Circus. It was very cool! I am so glad the kids go to experience it. Seeing their faces in shock and awe was the best!! I sat next to one of my girls who had to cover her eyes when the tumblers were jumping through really high hoops...she was so nervous they would fall. I'm sure to them it was magical.
Again this was a action packed week. In one of the photos above you can see on of my students recording himself reading. This is a new station in our literacy centers that the kids really love. It's great because they can go back and re-read with themselves. Another plus is I can listen in too! We have moved on to our second theme in Picturing Writing, Weather. Here are the kids typing up their poems. After we brainstormed together they wrote their rough draft and then they got to type it. I have never had them type anything but their username and password into the computer so I wasn't sure how it would go but they did awesome. They really liked it so I think we will be doing more typing for sure. The last picture was of some bubble painting that we did. For "Fun Friday" we made Elephant Toothpaste (link to information below). It was a blast. We stuck with the bubble theme and made some bubble print paintings to go along with it. Another fun week in First Grade :)
Field Trip Forms due back on Monday!
Keep an eye out for conference papers.
*I used regular hydrogen peroxide that you can buy at the grocery store, I believe it was 3% and it worked just fine.
A note from Mrs. Page
I am looking forward to kicking off another great year in 3rd grade!