Dental Health, Buddy Breaks & Valentines!

We sure did squeeze a lot of fun and activities into our week before break!

We kicked off the week talking about teeth.  February is Dental Health month, so we read stories about teeth and even watch a BrainPop on why it’s important to care for our teeth.  This led to our fun “marshmallow teeth” projects hanging up in the room which also have our writing piece on why it’s important to floss.  We also talked about (and read stories about) the Tooth Fairy. We wondered what she does “with all of those teeth.”  This became the starter for our art project–which is on the line–featuring our sweet versions of the Tooth Fairy.

On Wednesday, we got a chance to hang out with our 8th grade buddies during a buddy break.  This is a chance for us to just have fun together on the playground, and to give the big buddies some practice at leadership.  Lots of “duck-duck-goose” and “tag” were enjoyed by all.

Thursday and Friday were spent on all things valentines and love.  We read lots of valentine stories, wrote about times we felt loved, and even made valentines for other teachers on campus to show them our appreciation.  So sweet.  We finished the week with our valentine exchange and a milk and cookie snack.  Thanks so much for taking time to help your kiddo address valentines and to Eli & Charlies moms who brought in our snack.  It was the perfect kickoff to the break!

Valentine Exchange!








After the break: We’ll be talking about author Mo Willems! Yay–A first grade favorite!  We’ll read about Knuffle Bunny, Elephant & Piggie, and of course the pigeon!  We’re also getting ready for the lenten season as we celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday with a pancake lunch and the steel drum band visits.  The book fair is the following week, and we’re into March.  So, enjoy the break! Rest, recharge, and get ready for more first grade fun!

Important Dates:

Tues., Feb 25th-Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras, Wed., Feb 26th-Ash Wednesday,

Penguins, and field trips, and STEM night, oh my!

We had a BUSY week in first grade! We kicked off the week talking about Groundhog Day, and whether we’ll be enjoying an early Spring (yes!) or six more weeks of Winter.  We read some fun books and did some fun activities including ABC order word work, and a word search.

Then, it was back to our work on our penguin research papers.  These took lots of time, and involved looking up facts, editing, re-writing and presenting.  Our kiddos did such great work.  We are so grateful to Ms. Hart and Mr. Sullivan, and all of you for coming in and asking us questions about our penguins.  It really reinforced how important this work is, and gave us a chance to show that we really are “penguin experts!” 🙂

On Friday, we got to go to the Fox Theater to see the production of, Miss Nelson has a field day.  Big thanks to Ms. Allen for setting this up for us.  We heard lots of kiddos say it was their first time on a school bus! 🙂 . We had tons of fun as you can see below.

In Math, we are still busy comparing numbers (greater than/less than) and looking for missing numbers on a 120 chart.  We are headed into a new chapter on comparing sizes of objects as well as some geometry (ie: shapes) . We also did some work on place value in homework which will ultimately lead to us adding and subtracting with regrouping after the break.

We finished our week (after school) with tons of fun at STEM night.  Thanks to all who could make it–what a great turnout!  We hope you had fun exploring all the hands-on activities and looking at all the Science boards by our upper school kids.  We thought it was a great night.

STEM Night Invention Convention:

Next week: We’ll be talking about teeth for Dental Health month, and of course, Valentine’s Day.  We are excited to have the kids together for our Valentine exchange on Friday.  If you’d like to bring valentines in early, feel free.  We’ll be making bags to hold them in class, so no need to bring a bag in! Happy weekend!

Important Dates:

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.

100 days of fun!

We did it! We hit a huge milestone last week, as we enjoyed the 100th day of school! (We even took two days to celebrate!)

We kicked off the week talking about Chinese New Year.  This year is the year of the Rat.  We learned that many of us were born in the year of the snake or the dragon. We watched a cute puppet show on video that showed an idea on how the animals were selected to be on the calendar, and then made our own calendars.  We also played with tangrams which are fun and challenging! We used 7 pieces to make lots of shapes including a very challenging square!

Next, we kicked off our unit on penguins.  We were all assigned a penguin to study, and began researching what our penguins eat, where they live, and interesting facts about these awesome animals.  We are learning a lot about how to find and organize information.  We will be presenting our “expert” information to our classmates next week to practice presenting. 🙂

In math, we are just beginning to work on measurement (using both non-standard, and standard tools.)  This kicks off with concepts of larger than/smaller than.  We are also wrapping up our study of time for a bit (well done 1st graders!) and moving to place value.  This is great timing as we have moved into numbers in the 100’s place on our calendar, too.  We’ll keep that up until the break.

Friday was definitely the highlight of our week.  We kicked off our 100th day celebration early by doing some rotations with the Kindergartners, and enjoying stacking 100 cups, making hats with 100 dots, using 100 stickers and 100 licks on a lollipop. So fun! Then on Friday we enjoyed a snack with 100 pieces,  wrote what we’d be like at 100 years old (and added a wonderful photo!) and did lots of math using 100–tally marks, cents, skip counting, coin flipping and more! it was a really fun day! 🙂

This week we’ll be talking about Groundhog Day, wrapping up our penguin study, preparing for STEM night, and heading to the Fox Theater to see Miss Nelson has a field day.  Happy February!!

How many licks does it take?  About 100!! 🙂

Important Dates:

Fri., Feb 7th-K-4 Students travel by bus to see, Miss Nelson has a field day!, 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