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Research has supported that music and movement increase student success in school! We begin every morning with math calendar and skill review time. This time includes a song that is the student of the day chooses. Here are a few of the songs we love to sing and dance to!
Our first two full weeks are in the books and, boy, did we have a lot of fun! Our title appropriately highlights the most excited parts of our week besides consistently reaching over ten minutes of reading stamina. What a triumph!
We have started our guided math rotations with success. After calendar time, a mini-lesson, and journal page, each group meets with the teacher for more individualized instruction, completes and center activity, and uses the technology to improve number sense skills (soon to be math fact skills). Our math rotation board is below.
This week we started acting out word problems. After a mini-lesson where students were acted out various some, some more (+) and some, some went away (-) problems themselves, we moved to small group. Students then used pop cubes to act out problems and write and read number sentences to match the problems. In the next two weeks, we will move from acting out problems to drawing picture representations.
We also adopted a new class pet this week! Meet President Cow. She is a dairy cow from Henrichs Dairy Farm in Breese, IL. Farmer Bryan Henrichs is a 3rd generation dairy farmer. President Cow lives with her 230 dairy cow friends! Check out this picture and video below.
Like every week, we ended our week of fun learning with a Fun Friday! Our second Fun Friday was a extra fun and smelly when we had a practice spelling test to prepare for next week's real spelling test. We wrote our words in shaving cream for some extra practice! Check out the pictures of our spelling test and our second Fun Friday below!
What a fun and busy first week we have had in first grade! We learned so many new things such as the 3 ways to read a book, how to read to self, our school and classroom rules, how to create a graph, and what the word equal means. We also had fun learning about each other through our brown bag project.
In math, we practiced counting and writing to 120 by learning about our first center game, 120 Chart Puzzles. We will start practicing our guided math rotations next week. Check out pictures of our learning!
We also had to take a little break from our first day to take pictures so that we can always remember our first day of first grade.
A few of us in the class participated in an animal research project during which we chose an animal we were interested in, researched it, created a slideshow about it, and then presented it to other first grade classes! Check out our presentations below!
The following blog post was written by Ciara.
MoM,Dad in the house By Ciara Herron
On march 18,2016 it was ciara;s birthday
Her mom and dad came in to the class
Room and we made cookies and eat them
Some saved them the teacher even made one
We got to decorate them with blue,red,pink,green
Iceing we also got to pretty with googlee
Eyes and sprikles i think everyone liked
Them we had a blast
Today we celebrated good behavior with a "fancy day", and it was an absolute blast! After admiring each other's fancy outfits, we learned to call each other fancy names like "sir", "madam", and "madamoiselle". We also practiced our bowing and curtsying skills. At the end of the day, we had a photo opp. Check out our pictures below!
This blog is written by the students of Mrs. McClure's class to record their learning and adventures in first grade!