Following our morning meeting, we counted the pajamas brought to school by the Kindergarten to fifth grade classes in the Options department. According to the first grade counters, we will be donating 128 pajamas to kids in need of them. That is fabulous!
We also gathered data about our pajamas and soft friends. The students then used the data to create bar graphs showing how many students' pajamas had or did not have patterns and how many of the soft friends had or did not have names. Finally, the first graders and their stuffed animals friends had a fabulous time playing outside during morning recess.
During handwriting, the boys and girls practiced writing the D'Nealian lowercase letters i and u. Some of the u words generated by the students began with the prefix uni-. Ask your child to tell you what it means!
Before heading to lunch, the students wrote three-digit numbers that were represented by groups of tens. We also used problem solving strategies like underlining important information in a word problem and drawing quick pictures to visualize a solution. or show our thinking.
From the notes I received during Quiet Time, there were some disagreements during lunch recess again today; most apparently involved rough play during soccer and other games. We will keep working on thinking before acting! After Quiet Time, the boys and girls learned about the toucan, one of the animals found in the Amazon rain forest. They created colorful toucan hats. Ask your child to tell you what he/she learned about the toucan's bill!
Before ending the day on a musical note with Ms. Lambert, the first graders had a science mission to complete. Somehow, all the small solids that we explored got all mixed up. Now there were containers holding five different small solids. The students were tasked with separating this soup mix back to the way the items looked yesterday. We brainstormed ideas about how this could be done and then the teams from yesterday got to work. Both fingers and screens with different sizes of mesh proved to be helpful. I noticed much more sharing, turn taking, and polite give-and-take than yesterday. The result was that each successfully completed their mission! Check out the before and after pictures below.
The first graders will write their chapters about A Christmas Carol tomorrow.