Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Good-bye Summer...Hello New First Graders!

Summer has flown by so quickly.  I hope that everyone had a GREAT summer and was able to stay cool on those blistering hot days.  

Just wanted to post our class supply list for the new first graders.  

24 pencils
1 bottle of white glue (Elmers)
2 boxes of Kleenex
scissors (Fiskars)
2 boxes of 24 pack crayons
3 plastic folders
4 wide ruled spiral notebooks - 1 subject 
2 composition notebooks
boys -1 box of gallon size ziplock bags
girls - 1 box of quart size ziplock bags
 1 container clorox wipes
NO pencil sharpener
1- 4 pk of dry erase markers expo
1 large eraser
1 pencil box (5"x8")
200 index cards (3"X5")

I can't wait to meet all of you and start out wonderful journey through first grade together!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Science Experiments Galore!

Today we started our new unit in Science.  We started by writing our beginning thinking about "What plants are?"  Already the kiddos have a good understanding of what plants need to survive and what plants are.

 Today we dug a little deeper.

We talked about what plants need to survive.  The kids did GREAT listing what plants need to survive, but they couldn't tell me why.  We are now conducting an experiment to become experts and be able to tell others why a plant needs water, air, soil, and sunlight to survive.
We each have a control plant that will have all of the things needed to survive.  Each one of us will have an experiment plant that will have every thing except for one of the items needed to survive.  One group has soil, air, and sunlight but no water, one group has water, air, and sunlight but no soil, one group has soil, water, and sunlight but no air and the last group has soil, water, and air but no sunlight.  We will journal about our beginning thinking and then monitor the different experiments through the next few weeks.  Our control will then become gifts for our moms for Mother's Day.

We also know the parts of a plant but we don't know their purpose.  These are things that we will learn about in our science unit.

James and the Giant Peach

This coming May our first grade class will have the opportunity to go to The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska to see a production of James and the Giant Peach.  To prepare in class we are reading the novel and creating a story timeline and writing and illustrating our chapter summaries in our journals.  We have just started the book, but already they are asking at every free moment for me to read more.  We can't wait to find out what kind of adventures James and his friends will go on.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Spring!

The weather in Iowa is BEAUTIFUL!  Perfect spring break weather!  Between 60 and 80.  :) 

We created a little spring for our classroom.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trey's Little Bird Tale

Jeremy's Little Bird Tale

Cynzie's Little Bird Tale

Collin's Little Bird Tale

Cash's Little Bird Tale

Bryce's Little Bird Tale

Cale's Little Bird Tale

Tosh's Little Bird Tale

Makenna's Little Bird Tale

Kamron's Little Bird Tale

Trista's Little Bird Tale

Maddy's Little Bird Tale

Ella's Little Bird Tale

Brenden's Little Bird Tale

Ava's Little Bird Tale

Friday, February 10, 2012

If I lived in a snowglobe...

In our writing center we wrote about what it would be like if we lived in a snow globe.  We were VERY creative! Check out our creations.