Check it out! We are very proud of what we were able to create by working together.
Do you know what a Zentangle is? It's pretty cool. The Zentangle art form is a way to turn everyday doodling into form of relaxation and focus with detailed repeating designs. Today we created butterfly and sun Zentangles for an art project. There was intense concentration and focus happening in the classroom. Though we used the Zentangle to create artwork today, this technique is a great way to calm down, give yourself a break, and relax. Here's an example:
Check out these videos!
The final product:
We took a brain break and improved our vocabulary again today. Can you guess which is which?
observe, sympathy, hilarious, balance, measure
Math games are the best! We're mixing up addition and subtraction to keep it fresh.
Butterfly update: the caterpillars are HUGE and we also found our first chrysalis today!
Check out the video. Active caterpillar and a chrysalis starting to form.
As we start to look at problem solving, inventions, and simple machines in our last reading unit we decided to research some already established inventors. We're creating presentations about a favorite invention. Did you know that when bubble gum was first invented by Walter Diemer he called it Blibber Blubber before later changing the name to Dubble Bubble?
Luckily we are all individuals. We are unique and beautiful in our own way. Together, we are a masterpiece. We're working on a new piece of artwork for the classroom. Here we are creating the first step...
Spelling is definitely getting harder! We practiced our new spelling patterns today so we are ready to come home and teach you this weekend!
Miss Jill was kind enough to share these two great finds with me. If you are looking for more math to do at home these are amazing first grade resources. For future use, these sites can be found under our classroom links page as well.
IXL is a great website for any grade. Check out the information and games for each of our math standards organized by skill. For more challenging games check out the other grade level links.
Internet4Classrooms is a great place to go for fractions. There are games and exercises for first grade fraction skills. For more challenging games check out the other grade level links.
We are SCIENTISTS. We are observing in great detail. The caterpillars are changing by the hour!
In other news we are wrapping up our opinion writing unit with book reviews. Here's a sneak peek of the books we will be convincing you to read.
Yesterday we looked at the number 10. Today it was all about the number 12. How many ways can you make 12? How many combinations to 12 are there? Now what if you have some red crayons, some blue crayons, and 12 crayons in all...how many answers to that problem are there? Let's make it trickier, what if you have some red, some blue, some green crayons, and 12 crayons in all...how many answers to that problem are there?
There are many ways to make the number ten! You can write number sentences (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Can you use a picture to help you make ten? Today we used quick images (kind of like the game memory). We re-created images of ten dots and then came up with number sentences that matched the pictures.
We checked out our caterpillars this morning. And then again this afternoon. And HOLY COW...Do they look bigger to you too?
We also discussed the life cycle a little more so we knew when to expect our little caterpillars to start to form a chrysalis. Here's the general time frame...
Then we made another round of butterfly observations! They look a little bigger than they did yesterday! Since we raised chicks in Kindergarten we are already experts on the life cycle. This year we will spend our time focusing on in depth observations and similarities and differences between caterpillars and butterflies.
Check out our detailed observations.
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