Arctic Animals are so cool!

It was a great week in first grade as we kicked off our learning about polar animals! We kicked it off in the Arctic (we’ll be studying penguins next week!) with polar bears!  We read from some non-fiction stories and learned some really cool facts (did you know that their skin is actually black? We do!) We wrote our facts on polar bear paws and put them together with some chalk polar bears–hope you’ve had a chance to see these on the line!  We also learned about walruses–who make all sorts of sounds to communicate including whistling! We tried our hand at whistling too, and graphed the results! Lots of us are future whistlers! We also learned about the arctic fox, who has one of the coolest adaptations. Just ask us.  We made some “fluffy” foxes and added the most important fact we learned.  These are out with the polar bears!

In math, we are practicing “true/false” with equations (some of which are written in reverse, ie: 10=7+3) We are also decomposing numbers, practicing our addition and subtraction facts and working on telling time (ultimately to the 5-minute.) We keep practicing our Mountain math, too and so we are getting review on all 16 major concepts in math.

Next week we’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year on Monday by making a Chinese Zodiac and talking about the animal which represents the year we were born.  This year is the year of the rat!  We’ll also be kicking off our study of penguins, and each student will be assigned a penguin to research and prepare a report.  We’ll be doing a 100th day kickoff on Thursday afternoon with the Kindergartners, and celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday! (Phew!) It’s going to be a busy week!

**Please note that we are need in some items for our 100th day snack. If you can help us by bringing in an item, we’d appreciate it so much!

Happy last week of January! 🙂

Important Dates:

Fri., Jan. 31st-100th day of School, Fri., Feb 7th-STEM Night; Fri., Feb 14th-Valentine’s Day Card Exchange/special snack, M-F, Feb 17-21-No School-Rodeo Break., Tues., Feb 25th-Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras, Wed., Feb 26th-Ash Wednesday