Remember when we worked with students in Mrs. Douglass' class to learn about sundials? Well. we made them!
Making and bringing in Valentine's for our friends is one of the best treats of the year. The children enjoyed distributing their special messages of friendship while munching on a special Valentine treat from Mrs. Kelley. Thank you!
The children love buddy chats! This time they chatted with a partner to discuss the story details from the chapters we have read together so far in Charlotte's Web. They identified the main and minor characters, the multiple settings and the main events that took place throughout the story that led to even more interesting events. The children then wrote four sentences using main idea and details to tell his/her opinion about the best part of the story.
Long Vowel or Short Vowel?
Students chose a picture card, determined the picture name, determined what vowel sound the name had and whether it was a long or short vowel sound. The final step is to sort the card into the long or short vowel sound bag.
In first grade we created a Unity Wreath to show that we "All promise to stand together to create peace in our world." The children added doves to represent peace around the world. We decided to think and write about how we are all alike since people around the world have more similarities than differences. We had many discussions about the life and story of Martin Luther King, Jr. The children really grasped the injustices illustrated in the books we read about this historic peacemaker. The children wrote their dreams for the world. The children have been fascinated with the biographies we have been reading of historic black peacemakers. They each created a "Positive, Powerful, People of Peace" wheel to remember those in history who changed our world forever for the better. We have added four people and will continue throughout the month to add more peacemakers
We switched gears from the literary genre of plays to folktales. The children were able to successfully retell the events that took place in The Great Big, Giant Turnip, which is also a great title to identify adjectives (describers). Our helper, Andrew, successfully unscrambled the story cards to show the beginning, next, next and end of the story. The children also made on point predictions as we read the story together.
Our essential question this week is how plants change as they grow. The text selections are in the genre of a play. The children who presented Readers Theater greatly improved their expression, clarity of speech and projection in their performances today. Wow, this is fun! The other two reading groups practiced and presented for the first time. They were excited but I think a bit nervous. This fluency building activity is a great confidence builder and the kids are having fun performing!
. The children started their "Wheel of Peace" today. It features "Positive, Powerful, People of Peace." Be sure to ask your child about who we featured today. The children are excited to hear another biography tomorrow and add the next person who changed our world through the power of peaceful action. I look forward to our discussions. The children are so empathetic and insightful in their thoughts.
We enjoyed the presentation by Andrew's mom and illustrator on Monday. Mrs. Broussard explained the process of making a book, Audacious Ignatius. The children were so curious about the process. What a great start to Catholic Schools Week!
We got to wear pajama bottoms, so we were very cozy!
The children are so excited to attend our school open house on Sunday starting after the 9am mass. The open house runs from 10am - noon. All school families are encouraged to attend the 9am children's mass at Ascension and enjoy touring your child's classroom right after. The kids are looking forward to showing you all the amazing work they have accomplished in the last few weeks and showing you their very cool classroom!
Here are some recent activities:
First, the children participating in a STEM project by integrating ideas through research and inquiry with fourth grade partners. The fourth graders assisted the first graders in researching information about a sundial. The ELA essential question this week and next is, "How do we measure time?" When learning how to tell time on the hour and half hour we wondered how people were able to tell time before technology. The children used an IPAD with their fourth grade partner and were guided to two appropriate web sites for children. They used a Main Topic/Fact graphic organizer to list four facts. They then sketched a version of a sundial in preparation for building one next week. Along with presenting their built sundial the children will also present the most interesting fact they found while researching sundials. When weather permits the children will use their sundial to tell time! More pictures on Mrs. Douglass' Page.
We are so thankful to have the Ursuline Center to collaborate with our fourth grade partners on this STEM learning activity!
Next we see .the children making puppets to retell the order of events in a story. Identifying and retelling details in the order of events is a key comprehension strategy. Acting out the details using self made puppets is a very effective method to practice this strategy.
Here one reading group presenting a Readers Theater selection. The children worked with a script to practice their parts and then presented the selection to the class. Readers Theater is a great way to build reading fluency and practice speaking in front of an audience, a great life skill!
Now that it is really winter, we wrote speculative fiction: "If I Lived in a Snow globe."
Happy New Year!
Here are two bulletin boards from novels we have studied: Wild Robot and Return of the Light.
Currently we are working on animal reports! Mrs. Blatner's daughter, alumna Caitlyn, came to observe and help.
From the first grade Hallway, Advent Preparations!
The children were amazed by the wonderful gifts they offered to two children in need. This time of year can be difficult for many people and the children were happy that they met the needs and wants that the children were hoping to receive. While I was showing the children the gifts we were able to purchase one child commented, My heart is filled with joy that the children will have a happy Christmas. She went on to say that they will probably cry when they see the gifts but those will be tears of joy! The children then enjoyed helping to wrap these special gifts. Your children bring joy to my heart every day.
The children participated in putting together our prayer table for the Advent season. Be sure to ask your child what color we use during the liturgical season of Advent. Hint: it is a season of preparation. They enjoyed hearing about the meaning of the parts of the Advent wreath and then showed their understanding by making their own wreath that will go with a writing activity.
The top photos are from a recent neighborhood walk in which we sketched details of plants for our science unit on plants. We found a seedling growing from a seed that dropped from a tree. We sketched an amazing spider web and looked closely at the details that make plants so special. We are using the reading comprehension strategy of identifying details in a story just like we found the details in nature.
OFire Prevention: Our "adopted" fireman Garrett LeFluer The children work on vowel
demonstrates with the help of Mrs. B. how the fireman gear differentiation in small groups.
helps him survive in a fire.
We observed the life cycle of a butterfly in class, from caterpillar to release. The children volunteered to put the stages of the butterfly life cycle in the correct sequence. We raised a Monarch butterfly!
Here is the caterpillar.
Here is a close up of the butterfly after we released it.
We are learning the Life Cycle of the Butterfly!
Mrs. Blatner helps us put words together!
We have a chrysalis!
We practiced our sight words outside!