After our morning meeting, the boys and girls participated in a fun holiday activity. They each began coloring a holiday scene. However, as you can see from the picture above, the papers were lined up in a row in the hallway. After a couple minutes of coloring, everyone moved to the next picture to their and colored a part of that picture. We kept shifting over until all 25 students had colored a part on every one of the 25 pictures. In the end, each student received one of the pictures that the entire class had a hand in creating.
The two specials classes of the day were library and financial literacy. In the latter the students continued learning about goods and services.
I felt there was some confusion about yesterday's math lesson, so during math, I reviewed that lesson before moving on to today's lesson. The boys and girls used hundreds, tens, and ones blocks as models to represent 3-digit numbers before drawing quick pictures of the numbers.
During Quiet Time, I read the book The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice to the class. One part of the book was a great lead-in to our social studies lesson about the llamas of Peru. We read a nonfiction book about the role llamas play for people living in the Andes Mountains. We also read a legend How Llama Saved the Day and the sweet book Maria Had a Little Llama..
Finally, we ended the day with a combination science/art activity. This involved the creation of a gift so I am sure you will all see what it was in due course. I will say that we made use of one of the properties of matter we observed earlier (transparency) and a bin full of Sharpies.
We will work in our first grade memory books tomorrow.