More Dr. Seuss and Rainbows!

We had a great week in first grade! We finished up our study of Dr. Seuss by reading, Oh the places I’ll go, and adding our sweet hot air balloons with our own “plans for the future.” :). We also did a flip book after reading a Dr. Seuss biography.  Take a peek at these up in our room.  Then we moved on to rainbows as we get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  We learned that rainbows can come in more shapes (round!) and colors (monochromatic, fog, etc.!) We even made rainbows with skittles! See below:

We also learned that Black is made of lots of colors when we did our chromatography experiment–we saw lots of green, pink, and blue in the black marker lines.  We rounded up our week with rainbows about US! This was our project to demonstrate our learning about adjectives.  (We even got a chance to watch the old Schoolhouse Rock video about them!)  These are hanging up on our line making the corridor very colorful!

In Math, we are still working our way through subtracting with regrouping.  This can be challenging but many, “Ohhhh’s” and “I get it now’s” have been heard in our room the last few days, so we are making good progress.  We’ll keep this going along with some new work on fractions.  We are looking forward to this.

And, of course, the biggest news of the week came after school on Friday.  We will be working hard all this week to develop a plan for making this transition and home period as smooth as possible for each of our families.  Please know that we will be available by phone and email to help/answer questions while your child is at home.  We will be sending sample schedules for you so that you can see what we might normally be doing at certain times of the day, and roughly how long we allot for each assignment, but of course this is just a guide for you, and you can create a schedule that works for your family.  Our goal is to help each of our students continue to progress and do so in a way that feels familiar, and allows them the same level of independence that they would have in school.  We can’t thank you enough for being partners with us in this endeavor.  We welcome any feedback on the volume/level of work that we are sending your way.  Know that we are being intentional with what we send home, but also understand that this is a very different environment for all of us.  We appreciate your patience.

Upcoming events:

This Wednesday is a half day–noon pickup.