Friday, February 3, 2017

"Sleepover" Camping Out Under the Stars

 Today was the First Grade "Sleepover" - Camping Out Under the Stars. Students came to school in their pajamas had a whole day of sleepover activities. It started with a parade around the school with them holding their pillows and flashlights. The cupcakes are compliments of one of our room moms (Nicole). It was a memorable day for the kids.









Working on our Analogies


Students worked in groups on analogies in Writer's Workshop. Children wrote opinions about restaurants, ice cream stores, movies, games and sports. Those that wrote on the same topic, worked in groups and organized their analogies. 
They made beautiful cover and title pages for their collections.
Afterwards, the groups presented to the class. It was a wonderful way for them to talk about their opinions on the same subjects, collect their data, and report to the class.

Friday, January 27, 2017

100 Days in First Grade 2016-2017

In First Grade,we like to mark the 100th day of school with a bit of excitement but not over the top like Kindergarten.  Today, we played Bingo with numbers to 100, played Race to $1.00, performed 100 exercises and they shared their 100 day water bottle filled with 100 items. Some of the items that were placed in the bottles were 100 Nerds, Pompoms, pennies, Legos, Skittles, toothpicks and 100 spelling words!
Thank you Ella for the great 100 day treat! Everyone enjoyed the "chocolate-y" 100!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Party and Crafts 2016

 
 After our holiday brunch, we started on crafts. This is a sock snowman whereby the children filled the sock up with beans, tied it in 3 sections and decorated it with pom poms, googly eyes, and other miscellaneous craft items.
They turned out adorable and the kids have a great keepsake to share with their families.
 All of them together make a great snowman community!
 Another craft was a snowman doily that was decorated and is now ready to display!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 from The Mall-ards!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Polar Express and Hot Chocolate Treats


Today we took a walking field trip to see the movie The Polar Express at Chet Creek Church next door from our school. When we returned, we had Matt and Jami Michaud waiting for us with hot chocolate and snowman cookies from Starbucks. Thank you to the Michaud family for the wonderful refreshments after the movie!!
To thank Matt, the class made a holiday quilt - it may be hanging up in our local Starbucks right now!!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Book of the Month - The Gingerbread Man- Loose at Christmas

Our book of the month is The Gingerbread Man - Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray. It's about The Season of Giving - to look around at our Community Helpers and see how we can thank them for all they do for us all year. They can make something sweet, say something kind or write a thoughtful thank you card.This is a great book to read to children so that they realize that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference.  Below is a note to one of our dining room assistants who help the children everyday with lunch room duties.
Dear Lunch Lady,
Thank you for helping me and cleaning up and
giving me a spoon and coming to help me
when I need help.
Thank you for everything.
You are the best,
Love, Brishell


Roll 3 for 20 OR Bust!




During the Skills Block segment of Math, students learned the game of "Roll 3 for 20 or Bust". The purpose of this game is to get to 20 or as close to the number 20 as possible. They roll 3 die (each color is specific to a number) - blue (0-5), green (2-7), and red (4-9). Then they add the sum of the 3 dice and decide if they want to hold or roll again (one die). If they chose to roll again, they choose the color. This game builds computational fluency and enhances estimating skills.