We read and discussed the Scholastic News article "Friends Make It Fun!" The article included great tips about friendship. Ask your child about them! We also worked on punctuation (quotation and end marks) in conjunction with the lesson.
To prepare for Pumpkin Day, we gathered data about the class pumpkin. We measured its height, weight, and circumference. We also counted its creases. The boys and girls recorded this information in mini pumpkin math books. Tomorrow, they will gather the same information about their own pumpkins in order to compare them to the class pumpkin.
Pinky Axolotl was kind enough to help us out with another pumpkin activity. The first graders were asked to predict whether a pumpkin would sink or float. Twenty-four students predicted it would sink. Four students predicted it would float. How could we test the predictions? This is where Pinky stepped up to the plate. He said we could use his tank of water to see whether pumpkins were sinkers or floaters. However, he decided to stay in his cave to be on the safe side. When we put the pumpkin in the water, it floated! We learn why this happened during Pumpkin Day tomorrow.
After Quiet Time, the boys and girls went to library. Ms. Wojcik reported that they had a rough start with lots of touching, noises, and silliness. This was in evidence at other points during the day, too. However, most students showed that they knew how to be good friends and good listeners. It is wonderful to have bucket fillers in the classroom!
The boys and girls finished sharing the descriptions of their homes today. After this, they worked independently on activities that still needed to be completed. These included field trip book chapters, memory book chapters, the world map project, and spelling papers. Students who were completely caught up began working in their Homes Around the World activity and coloring books.
Tomorrow is Pumpkin Day! Remember to wear orange!