Monday, November 25, 2013

Scarecrows on Guard

Today we read There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves. She swallows all the parts needed to make a scarecrow. Afterwards we created our own scarecrows! This was a good activity to practice good listening skills!

Gianna's on the left and Angelo's on the right
We also practiced writing numbers in expanded form. Then we placed our number cards of sweet treats in order from smallest to largest which was a good skill to practice.

Reminder...Wednesday is the big 1st grade feast! Please send in either fruits, veggies, cheese, or juice!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Place Value Rotations

As we wrap up basic place value this week we did rotations using school supplies! Each station had a group of objects (pencils, popsicle sticks, links, etc). First the students had to make groups of tens and ones. Then they had to record on their sheet those numbers and come up with the total amount. They did a great job creating the groups of ten and counting them!

 We have worked really hard this week on working as a group and working together. There may be a few arguments here and there but we are doing much better to become cooperatives groups!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rainbows & Pigs

Today during math while working on place value, the students did rotations using colors of the rainbow. At each colored station they were to show a number using place value pictures, the tens and ones in the number, and the number in expanded form.

During reading Mrs. Perry came to visit while we read three stories and tried to determine the author's purpose. We read The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, Pigs, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The kids had a trifold to check off the traits the three books had. Then we built this chart to show our learning. 

We also read At Home in the Ocean and each group completed a poster showing that this story is meant to inform us.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Up to Speed

Well we have been in school for 66 days now! In those 66 days a lot has happened! I mentioned back in July that Miss Szabo would be starting the year while I was still on maternity leave. Well Mrs. Ayers also taught for a few weeks when Miss Szabo got a job at Garden City. I have been back since fall break and I really think the kids have adjusted pretty well!

My first week back we went to Eagle Creek and learned a lot about Indiana insects and animals. 

We have spent a lot of time working on addition and subtraction.

This week we started working on place value. 

Today we read three books to determine the author's purpose for writing.

That pretty much brings us up to date now! I hope to be back to blogging more often now that I have settled into a normal routine! Be sure to check back often!