Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reindeer Books

Today we learned lots of facts about reindeer. We did some activities on the SMART Board and watched a short Discovery video before we made reindeer books. Enjoy some pictures of our projects.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Program

We saw some adorable first grade bears in our Christmas program this evening. They did a fantastic job!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gobbles Galore

First grade had lots of fun with Gobbles Galore. Thanks to so many wonderful parents for helping us out!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Our room is gobbling with Thanksgiving fun! Thanks to Thomas' mom for helping us paint our hands last week to make the tail feathers for our turkeys. Today we finished our projects.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Roll the Dice

We worked very hard on math and phonics assessments today. Then we had some fun in math playing a game. We rolled two dice on the SMART Board and then added the numbers together beginning with the largest number and counting on. We made a graph of the equations according to the answers to see which one would reach the top first. It was lots of fun to practice math today!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Our Jack-O-Lantern

Thanks so much to Megan's dad for coming to school on Friday and carving a jack-o-lantern with the class. The class really had a great time!! We counted the seeds and found there were 500. We have been reading some spooky Halloween books by the light of the jack-o-lantern. Thanks Mr. Gallagher!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jack-o-lanterns and Scaring Pepper

Mrs. Wiseman came on Friday to do a fun experiment with the class. We started with a bowl of water and added some pepper. The class observed that the pepper spread all over the surface of the water. Then they dipped a toothpick in dishwashing liquid and touched it to the water. The pepper was "scared" and all rushed to the sides of the bowl. Lots of oohs and aahs were heard!! Mrs. Wiseman explained that it was because of surface tension.

In the afternoon we had fun making some jack-o-lanterns from paper strips. Some were funny and some were pretty scary!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our Fall Window

Thanks to Rheana Powell our classroom window is so cute!! She painted a fall picture of Winnie the Pooh on our window. Thanks Mrs. Powell!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Oreo Day was lots of fun! We stacked Oreos for the OREO Projecet, made Oreo sculptures, at Oreos. Fun, fun, fun!

Friday, October 9, 2009

We had a short but very busy day today. We painted jack-o-lanterns for our hall bulletin board. Then we painted a strip of white paper with some new glitter watercolor paints. The boys and girls loved seeing the paint sparkle on their paper. We'll cut leaf shapes out of our glitter painting and add them to our door with the kids that look a whole bunch like our first graders! We talked about Christopher Columbus in our Scholastic News today and were visited by Mr. Riggs who talked to us about saying no to drugs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

O.R.E.O. Day

We had lots of fun stacking Oreos today. Thanks so much to Mrs. Austin, Mrs. Brown, Mr. Buchen, Mrs. Mendenhall, and Ms. Jane Priest for helping us stack Oreos today. Thanks also to all of the families who sent Oreos to make the project possible. The highest stack was made by Armando with 20 Oreos. Alexis Mendenhall came in second with 19. and Lexi and Thomas tied for third with 18 each.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fire Safety

Today we were visited by two of our local firemen. They talked to us about fire safety and brought two of their fire trucks to show us how they use them to help fight fires. They also showed us some of the equipment they use to help them fight fires. We also discussed fire safety in class and made a fire safety booklet. Then everyone wrote some fire safety rules that they remembered. We are working on making a fire dog to display our writing with. Ask your child how they can be safe if there is a fire.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Johnny Appleseed

In September we talked about Johnny Appleseed. We read some books about his life and watched a short video. Then we brainstormed some facts we had learned. In writing everyone wrote about some of the things they had learned about Johnny. We then made Johnny Appleseeds and put the writing on our art project. They look really nice in our hallway at school. Next time you are at school take a look and read our Johnny Appleseed facts.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Buster the Bus

Buster the Bus visited school today to teach us about bus safety. He was helped by some of our bus drivers. Thanks to Buster and the bus drivers for helping us learn to be safe!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cat Puppets

We made cat puppets to use to read the poem Sandpaper Kisses in our reading book. We had lots of fun making them and having them recite the poem with.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Building Sentences

When we read the story Sam and the Bag, the class worked in groups to take words from a bag and build a sentence with them They were really fast building their sentences and did a great job reading them!

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Little Red House

We have been talking about apples at school. Last week we heard a story about the Little Red House. We made our own books so we could go home and share the story with our families. Watch and see what the Little Red House is.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sandpaper Kisses

Last week we read the poem Sandpaper Kisses in our reading book. The boys and girls each made their own cat bag puppet and we recorded them reciting the poem with their puppets.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Stark

Today was Mr. Stark's birthday. The class made a banner with a birthday wish and invited him to our classroom for a chorus of Happy Birthday. Hope you had a happy birthday, Mr. Stark!

To go along with our reading story this week, Sam and the bag the boys and girls worked in groups today to build sentences from words in a bag. They did a great job!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom the first week of school and did a couple of projects to go along with it. On the first we tore construction paper to make the trunk of a tree and added the letters to our names climbing the finished tree. On the other we painted trees and added ourselves climbing the tree to find something that starts like each of our names. What would you climb the tree to find that begins like your name?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I Am Special

Last week we read the poem:

I am special

I am me

No one in the world

Is just like me

Then we made people to look like ourselves and placed them around an earth on our bulletin board.

My Hat

Last week we read The Hat in reading. On Friday we read My Hat and then everyone made their own creation of the book.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Beginning Week Two

We started our second week of school today. The boys and girls predicted what our reading story will be about by erasing the SMART Board a little at a time to reveal a hidden picture. We worked on writing numbers in math and discussed the long o sound in phonics. This afternoon we worked on the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees we painted with Mrs. Beard last week. Everyone made themselves climbing the tree to see something that begins like their name. Most of us will finish them tomorrow.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

First Grade is Fun

I wondered how the kids felt about our first week of school and this is the response I got.

Finishing the First Week

We finished our first week yesterday. Fridays are fun because we don't do a formal phonics or math lesson and have time to practice some of the new things we have learned or do something a little different. This week we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom together on Friday and then made trees with our names. Mrs. Beard helped us paint trees we will use for another project next week. We also read Chrysanthemum on our SMART Board and did a fun activity with our names.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dilly Bars, Poems, and Rainbow Clouds

We had lots of fun at school today. We sang happy birthday to Megan during calendar. Today is her sixth birthday! Happy Birthday Megan!! This morning we rewrote a poem, New, that we read yesterday. Everyone chose four new things they have for school to include in their poem. It is our first poem in our Poetry Pages folder. We also finished our rainbow name clouds. They look really nice hanging in our room. This afternoon Megan treated the class to dilly bars. They were yummy!!