This week in reading, we read a story called, “The Dot,’ by Peter H. Reynolds. The book inspired us to create our own dots. We drew dots, painted dots, created dots with Kid Pix and with the 3Doodler 3D pen. Our favorite dot inspiration came when we discovered that we could transform our “dots” into cylinders with the Fab@School Maker Studio software.
We also practiced reading and writing long “e” words and learned what an adjective was. In math we are continuing to work with the hundred’s chart. We compared numbers with greater than and less than symbols and ordered numbers from least to greatest.
In science, we were visited by a marine biologist. We learned all about ocean animals that live in the North Atlantic Ocean. We got to see some live animals as well.
We were also visited by some students from the Norfolk Agricultural School. The students taught the first graders about planting. We planted lettuce in small containers and we will transplant them in the ground when the weather gets warmer.
It has been a busy couple of weeks! In math we have been learning about place value. We have been manipulating ten blocks to show the value of numbers. We have also been working with a hundred’s chart to look for number patterns and counting strategies. In one activity, we created a hundred’s chart puzzle with Fab@School Maker Studio. Using our chromebooks, we placed squares and rectangles on the hundred’s chart in order to create cut lines. Then we cut on the lines and made puzzles! After we put our own puzzle together, we all switched and tried to complete a friend’s puzzle.
We discovered that you don’t have to count from one to one hundred to put the puzzle together. We found patterns that helped us fit the pieces together fast!
This week in reading, we read a story called “Where Are My Animal Friends.” It was a story about what different animals do in the winter time. We even pretended we were animals and chose how we would like to spend the winter. Some of us chose to stay in the woods, some of us flew south and rest of us decided to hibernate. A few students looked pretty funny as they chose to wait out the winter in a chrysalis. We are learning about inflected endings like, “ed” and “ing” and we practiced words with the long “a” sound. We also celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
During the snowstorm yesterday, we thought it would be fun to create a Padlet on our chromebooks. We all shared our favorite things to do in the snow. It sounds like we will have plenty of opportunities this week to play in the snow!
We also created mazes and coded our bee bots to navigate the maze. The mazes got harder and harder, but the students loved the challenge!