Today we got to practice more visualizing with the book In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming. It may seem like a simple book at first, but it's really in intricate poem. The descriptive words allowed us to paint all sorts of cool pictures in our heads while we listened. For example: close your eyes and make a picture for "crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch" or "dart, dip, hummingbirds sip" or "crack, snap, wings flap." Keep working on visualizing at home!
We really love visiting Miss Lisa May in the library. She brings her read aloud books to life. Which is pretty perfect considering we are working on visualizing books in the classroom.
This morning it became official. WE PUBLISHED OUR WRITING! We finished our small moment story unit, picked our favorite piece, edited it and polished it up, put a cover on the front, gave it a title, and called it done! We can't wait to share them with you after break!
This afternoon we had a little free time. We were given the option to have free choice or do some pre-Thanksgiving break cleaning. Do you know what we chose to do first? Turns out we love cleaning! We cleaned out our cubbies, got out the cobwebs, scrubbed them down, and then scrubbed the tables too. We had a blast. If you need some cleaning help over break, just ask us!
We're building our reading stamina. This means that everyday we practice reading on our own and everyday we get better and better and read for a little bit longer. Right now we're up to 9 minutes!
Today we continued our study of maps. Before we embark on our gigantic task of making a map of the school we decided to do a practice round with our bedroom. Today we were challenged to make a legend to go along with it. We're labeling everything with a small picture. We're also practicing reading legends and maps that other people have created.
Here we are working hard...
Here are some of our maps...
Thanks for joining us for our fabulous Thanksgiving feast. Tenille definitely makes a delicious meal that we can all be thankful for.
Today was a hands on kind of day all around.
We are wrapping up our small moment story writing unit and PUBLISHING our writing. It is very exciting stuff! Today we looked back over the many stories we've written since September and picked our three favorites.
Finally, we went to work making sure our stories were looking good. Tomorrow we'll pick our best work and publish it with a cover and everything. Then it will be ready for the world to see.
Check out the scientific method for this experiment and be sure to try it at home.
Place your pennies in each of the different liquids or mixtures. Wait 3 minutes. Scrub the pennies with a sponge. Observe. For better results, let the pennies sit in the liquid or mixture overnight.
Coca Cola with work the best. (1)
Soap and water will work the best. (3)
Lime juice will work the best. (2)
Ketchup will work the best. (3)
Vinegar and salt will work the best. (4)
Vinegar and salt worked the best. After only 11 seconds the pennies in vinegar and salt were noticeably cleaner. And after a little scrub they were shiny like new. We are going to leave them over the weekend to see if they get even shiner!
The internet is a big and scary place. Lucky we for us we found a super cool safe site just for kids. It's called Kid Rex and it's awesome--basically Google for kids. We're big curious first grade learners and Kid Rex is the perfect place for us to explore our curiosities on our own.
We've spent some time answering questions on Kid Rex. If you were going to convince your parents you absolutely had to have a pet and were totally responsible enough to take care of one, what would you need to find out?
What do guinea pigs eat?
How do you clean a litter box?
How much exercise does a puppy need?
How much sleep does a snake need?
Does a shark make a good pet? (only in Despicable Me)
And now for the afternoon news...
We're practicing our fine motor skills with a little fall harvest pumpkin stitching. It's challenging and fun! We're psyched to be doing something a little different when we finish our other work! Perfect work for a snowy and cozy pajama day!
We're working on some pretty sweet art projects coming your way as a holiday surprise! Today we did a star shaped art work through the practice of Zentangles. What's a Zentangle? Great question! Here's an example...
The Zentangle art form is a way to turn everyday doodling into form of relaxation and focus with detailed repeating designs. Today we created star Zentangles. 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 what it looks like and sounds like...
Have your kids try it at home when then need a little quiet time. It's works like magic!
Or try it yourself!