After our morning meeting, the first graders completed a spelling practice sheet. They then enjoyed the book All You Need for a Snowman. This led into a writing activity. After choosing from a set of seven possible faces for a snowman, the students were tasked with explaining why that face was chosen. We did our best to provide reasons that went beyond the face being cute or funny. Most students also worked on their teaching book projects from their daily folders. We ended this reading/writing session with the book The Snowchild. Ask your child about it!
The specials class of the day was P.E. Following lunch and Quiet Time, we heard the Stella Story. Stella Dino is now taking turns going home with each of the students for an evening! Each student will write about his/her adventures with Stella Dino and then share them with the class the next day.
During science, we returned to the bits and pieces we explored last Friday. The first graders shared some of their observations from that experience before being introduced to today's challenge. The separate containers of beans, rice, and cornmeal were now all mixed up! I showed the class one of the containers and told the students that I did not want them all mixed up. How could they separate the different bits and pieces back to the way they were before? The students brainstormed ideas. I then introduced three screens, each with a different size opening in the mesh. We brainstormed some more. I divided the class into five groups and sent them back to the tables with the screens, the "soup" mixture, and five empty containers. They shared ideas and make plans. After this, the sorting of the bits and pieces began! Each group attacked the problem somewhat differently. I noticed cooperation and activity-related conversations. In the end, every group successfully completed the task of separating the bits and pieces. We debriefed at the end of the activity, sharing what worked well and what was challenging. We will go into this again in another upcoming science session. Ask your child about the activity!
Following an afternoon recess break, we returned to the classroom for today's math lesson. The students continued working with place value and three-digit numbers. Then it was buddy time! The fifth grade buddies joined us at the end of the day for a snowman activity. The buddies created snowmen whose features depended on the answers to a series of questions. These snowmen glyph posters will be on display in the main hallway outside Room 104 soon.
The first graders will participate in a special Chinese storytelling activity tomorrow!