We took a look at a map of Aspen and found our way around. First, we found a route between Paepke and Wagner parks. Turns out there is definitely more than one way. Then we used our directional words to write down our directions. Just one block off makes a big difference.
Who knew giving direction could be so fun? And important! Today we used our knowledge of north, south, east, west, left, and right to get different people places on our maps.
On Friday, we were able to share our secret From Me to You letters. We were full of smiles after finding out all the wonderful qualities our friends recognize in us!
Here are a few more wonderful samples...
Breaking news! We have butterflies. We were lucky enough to be able to watch two shed their chrysalis today and spread their wings.
We're taking a quick break from our regular writing to do an author study of Laura Numeroff. She wrote 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster as well as all all of our favorite circle stories: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If you Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. First, we will be giving you your very own guide for taking care of a monster. Hint: it's not going to be easy!
Today we practiced spatial awareness and engineering!! We're pretty advanced first graders. We competed in a first grade competition to build a structure out of only 20 spaghetti noodles and scotch tape. Here's the catch. The structure had to hold up a marshmallow (the big ones) as high as possible. The highest marshmallow won. It was challenging. The winner came from Miss Jill's class at 21 inches. We're thinking we should try again now that we have some more ideas. On a side note...this was an AWESOME team building activity.
First we brainstormed and planned...
Then we built...
Today we made a promise to the Earth. We each chose one thing we could do to make the Earth a better place each and everyday. Then we made some really cool art using lots of scrap paper!
We spent the afternoon working on our friendship skills. First we discussed what being mean looks like. Then we discussed and practiced different ways to handle people that are mean. Miss Betsy Ann was nice enough to come in and help us with this. She brought her magic wand and we used it to give each other meaningful compliments. We'll keep practicing this skill.
Here's a sneak peek at some of our letters...
(for the Gratitude Project)
Amazon Gift Cards
(for classroom and art supplies)