1R students created their own "I Have, Who Has", game cards that we then used to play one of our favorite class math games. Students created their own number sentences with a range of answers from 0-23. Ask your child how to play "I Have, Who Has"!
Pairs of students examined paper maps, online maps and globes to see what features they noticed. They then presented their findings to the class. Students shared the following:
We started working with fact families this week: three related numbers that can be combined as two addition and two subtraction sentences (e.g. 2, 3, and 5 can be combined as 2+3=5; 3+2=5; 5-2=3; and 5-3=2)
1R students worked in three engineering teams to find a way to move sound from one side of the classroom to the other. We utilized our understanding of sound to create simple machines to complete this challenge. Then, we had a science talk predicting whether a different set of materials would also work based upon our results.
1R students used recycled materials to design and build their own instruments. They wanted to provide evidence to prove the claim that vibrations create sound. Students then shared their learning on their student blogs.
In math we explored cuisenaire rods, which are a set of colored, proportional blocks that represent the numbers one to ten. First graders considered how you could use them as a math tool. Then, we had math talk time, during which the children shared their thoughts and observations about the focus question, "How could you use cuisenaire rods to help you with addition or subtraction?"
Peter Richardson, a ten-year veteran of the British Royal Navy, taught the first graders all about veterans and why they are important. Later, 1R students had the opportunity to try on an actual jacket from World War I that was worn by Mrs. Richardson's grandfather. We noticed it was really heavy!
We read the delightful book, Flat Stanley, this past week. Be sure to send your child's Flat Stanley to a friend or relative as far away as possible on or before Monday, November 10th, so he has time to have some adventures and be sent back to school!
We learned all about Veterans Day, an important holiday in the United States. On Veterans Day, we say "Thank You" to all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military. We found out that the military has five branches: the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, and the Coast Guard. 1R students then picked the branch of their choice and wrote a piece telling about what they do and why it's important. They made collages of themselves as members of the military to hold this writing! Be sure to listen to your child read his/her work in his/her student blog!