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Have a safe, wonderful, restful, energizing break! Can't wait to see everyone on April 3rd.
We talked about the onomatopoeia this week and these are all the ones we could think of as we were dreaming about our afternoon of cross country skiing:
swoosh, dash, whoosh, vroom, whirr, zip, zoom
We did all of those things, but in reality there was also a lot of:
crash, boom, bang, skid, thud, plop
We had a fabulous time, but unfortunately it looks like the cross country skiing season is over for this winter season. Thank you for all of the help, setting up, putting away, picking up, and encouraging words along the way. We all can't wait to go again in second grade. Yikes!
Today we made kites...and a big mess! It was great! We worked with our hands, used our designs, fixed things that didn't work, made improvements, took them outside for a test run, and figured out how we would make changes for next time...and then cleaned up!
First grade is just the best!
Check it out! Kites on the lose!
Here are some of the things we learned, in our own words.
Making a kite isn't just string and paper. It takes a lot of work...like making an airplane.
Fabric is heavy.
Maybe smaller is better.
You don't always get it right the first time.
In case you weren't sure...this is how we feel about The Wild Robot.
For example...we should do more art in class because we need to boost our creativity and practice making mistakes. We should have more free choice because it's good to work with our friends. We should have another ski day because outside time is healthy and exercise is good. We should have a class pet because it will teach us responsibility and taking turns. Are some of these things starting to sound like good ideas to you too? We're a pretty convincing bunch.
This time of year is always a little hectic and it's important to remember what we want our classroom community to feel like. We've been taking some time to compliment and honor our friends great qualities, and we've been reviewing how to deal with tricky social situations. These are all a big deal in first grade life. We've also been reviewing our classroom routines and procedures. One thing we decided at the beginning of the year was to respect our shared space. That means keeping it clean and organized. Today we did some spring cleaning and straightened up the areas we collectively use the most:
It feels good to take responsibility for our things and put them back where we know we can find them for next time.
After finishing Charlotte's Web yesterday we decided to do some work with adjectives. First we did an friend adjective walk. We thought of the best adjective to describe each of our classmates and left them sticky note messages. We came up with very descriptive words.
Then we picked out our favorite for ourselves--the one that best reflects our personality.
We took inspiration from the clever Charlotte and made our own webs.
Check out the finished products!
(for the Gratitude Project)
Amazon Gift Cards
(for classroom and art supplies)