More pictures from Calvert Marine Museum
Calvert Marine Museum
Our class went to Calvert Marine Museum on May 30. We learned about the animals that live in our Estuary. We climbed to the top of Drum Point Lighthouse. We also got to ride on the boat named The Tennison. We learned a lot and we had a great time!
Friday, May 24th was Field Day. We participated in a lot of fun activities. We had a picnic after Field Day. Some of our families attended our picnic too. It was a great day!
We were scientists today. We learned that scientists start an experiment by asking a question. Then they make a prediction. After that they test their predictions. We were proving what tools would make the best mouth parts for different types of bugs. We all learned a lot and had a great time!
We were entomologists today. We went to Ward Farm to learn all about bugs. We dressed up as bugs so we could learn about their body parts. We collected bugs and observed them so we could learn more about their body parts and to learn about how important they are to the Earth and all living creatures. We returned the bugs into nature when we were finished observing them.
We had a great time dancing at the Sock Hop. We also helped to earn money for the Beach Elementary School Relay for Life Team, the Baystriders.
Mathematicians can learn about place value in different ways!
It took teamwork, and several indoor recesses and bus dismissals, but this 100 piece puzzle was finally completed.
Reader's Camp Out
We celebrated Dr. Seuss Day on March 1. We had many activities that revolved around Dr. Seuss. At the end of the day we had a Reader's Camp Out with our 3rd Grade Beach Buddies from Mrs. Goucher's class. We had a great day!
Mathematicians can create a graph to interpret data.
We read several Dr. Seuss books in class this week. We then determined which was our favorite book. We made a class graph....literally, showing what our class' favorite books were.
We can observe our shadows to understand that the Earth moves instead of the sun.
We went outside 3 times on 2/28 to observe our shadows. At 9:30 we traced our shadows. We went back out at 12:30 3:00 to see if our shadows had changed. We noticed that our shadows had changed size, and had moved around the blacktop.
One of our classmates complimented the book, Penguin and Pinecone in the library. Mrs. Grenier took a picture of our classmate and emailed the picture, along with the comment to the author Salina Yoon. Salina responded to Mrs. Grenier, and our classmate received a very nice gift package from Salina Yoon.
On Valentine's Day we had a special assembly. We got to watch a production that taught us about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. We will be learning more about Martin Luther King later in our Courage Unit.
100th Day of School!
February 13 was our 100th day of school. We are 100 days smarter! We spent the afternoon doing activities that revolved around the number 100.
Piece of Pizza
We were able to identify the story elements characters, setting, problem, and solution. We retold the story Chico the Brave using the SIOP strategy "Piece of Pizza.
Everything is Awesome, When You're Part of a Team!
We used Teamwork to build bridges.
Scientists can apply the Scientific Principle
We used tuning forks to learn about sound waves.
Mathematicians can play Addition and Subtraction games.
Mathematicians can play games to reinforce their addition and subtraction skills.
Twas 5 Days Before Christmas and all Through the School......
During the last week before Christmas break, the first grade learned about 4 Traditions and Customs that are celebrated at this time of year. A special thanks to the volunteers that helped our class participate in activities that helped to enhance our learning.
We had a great time at the Fun Run. We helped the school raise money, and we learned about being part of a team!
Mathematicians can collect and organize data.
We went around the room gathering data from our classmates. We wanted to know what their favorite Thanksgiving side dish was. We graphed the results. Our class like the rolls the most, and the vegetables the least!
We used illustrations and key details to retell the story Swimmy.
To spend or to save?
One member of our class decided to save her hard earned Beach Bravos, and she was able to purchase this very pretty Beach Elementary Shirt. She had been saving her Bravos since Kindergarten!
Everything Is Awesome! Everything Is Cool When You Are Part Of A Team!
We started our Teamwork Unit by working as a team to put together a 24 piece puzzle.
Piece of Pizza
We could retell the story Chrysanthemum by identifying the characters, the setting, the problem, and the solution of the story.
Good Readers can Visualize
We have been working on illustrating what we see when we listen to stories.
Mathematicians can composed and decompose numbers.
We are learning how to compose and decompose numbers by playing Shake and Spill.
We revised our stories by using the strategy TAG.....Tell your partner something you like about their story......Ask a question......and Give a suggestion.
At our table groups, we looked through stacks of Informational Text books to see what they all had in common.
On Friday, October 5, we went to Bayfront Park. We listened to a story that explained the importance of the world's waters. We used our senses to help us as writers. We went on a scavenger hunt, and looked for sharks' teeth. We had a great time!
Mathematicians can compose and decomposed 3-D shapes.
Piece of Pizza!
We were able to retell the story Froggy Learns to Swim by using the story elements of characters, setting, problem and solution.
Mathematicians can identify and explain the attributes of solid shapes.
Mathematicians can locate and identify solid shapes in our classroom.
We can identify the elements of literature.
With our table partners, we looked through books to see what it is books of literature had in common.
Mathematicians can use Geoboards to compose and decompose shapes.
We can work with groups at stations.
We are ready to work in groups at stations. We were doing a word hunt around the room, filling our book boxes, and partner reading.
Mathematicians can divide shapes into equal parts.
In class we went on a "picnic". We had to divide our food into halves.
Mathematicians can use shapes to create pictures or create a new shape.
Mathematicians can sort shapes by their attributes.
We are learning about geometry in class. We explored the shapes. Then we sorted the shapes by their attributes.
Writers Can Personalize Their Writing Journal
We played Bingo with our kindergarten words.
Readers and Writers Can.....
We are building a Reading and Writing Community in class. We will work with groups, partners, and independently in class. We will also play games and work at centers.
In class we are working on building a Writing Community. We learned about the different types of writing we may read.
First Day of School!
Calvert Marine Museum
We went to Calvert Marine Museum. We learned about our estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. We learned about the different animals that live in our estuary. The rain held off so we could go on our boat ride. We had a great day. Some of the pictures appear sideways. If you click on them, they will display correctly.
Thursday, May 3, our class went on a field trip to Ward Farm. We were Bugologists. We were learning all about how important bugs are. The children had a great time and learned a lot.
Beach Elementary had a Sock Hop. It was a fund raiser for the school's Relay for Life Team. Mr. Korsan was our DJ. The students had a great time!
Patience paid off for one member of our class this year!
Insects have different types of mouths.
We did an experiment that helped us to learn about 4 different types of insect mouth parts.
Piece of Pizza!
We were able to retell the story The Tale of Peter Rabbit using the strategy Piece of Pizza. The children were given a piece of paper containing one story of the elements characters, setting, problem, or solution. They had to go find their group based on the color of their paper. The students then created a "pizza" by illustrating and retelling the story using the story elements.
Snow Make Up Day!
The last day before Spring Break was a lot of fun! The cast of Northern High's production of CATS came to school to read to us. We had an Easter Egg hunt, and we got to go home 2 hours early!
Our final activity in our Teamwork Unit was to build a bridge with our team. The students had 90 minutes to design, plan, and create their bridges. The students had a great time and learned a lot about being part of a team.
Guest Authors and Guest Readers
Several students have written some stories at home that they were eager to share with the class. Here are a few of our guest authors.
Boosterthon Fun Run
Our class participated in the Boosterthon fund raising activity. We were the Ellison's Enchanted Empire. The students had a lot of fun. They also learned about being part of a team.
We read the story Flat Stanley. The story is about a boy named Stanley that has a bulletin board fall on him and he becomes a flat as a piece of paper. We read about all the adventures Stanley had because he was flat. The students were then given either a Flat Stanley or a Flat Stella. It is my hope that they will take their Flat Stanleys and Flat Stellas on adventures with them and email me the pictures.
Mathematicians can collect and organize data.
The students went around the room to complete a survey. Each student was asked what their favorite Thanksgiving side dish is; rolls, veggies, potatoes, or cranberries. The students then graphed their data.
History Museums Field Trip
We went on a field trip to the Bayside History Museum and the Railroad History Museum. The trip helped to enhance our unit on Communities and Past and Present. We got a little extra recess while we waited for the school bus to come and get us.
Piece of Pizza
We can retell the story The Little Red Hen by illustrating the characters, setting, problem, and the solution of the story.
We had our annual Halloween Parade and Party on Halloween. It was a beautiful day! A great time was had by all!
Everything is Awesome!
Everything is COOL When You are Part of a Team!
We launched our Teamwork unit by completing a 25 piece puzzle. We worked as a team on this task.
Piece of Pizza
We used the strategy Piece of Pizza to identifiy the story elements in the story Chrysanthemum. Story elements include the characters, setting, problem, and the solution of a story.
On October 18, the First Grade went on a walking field trip to Bayfront park. It was a beautiful day. First we listened to a story that explains the food chain in the sea. The story also explained shy it is so important for people to help protect the oceans and the seas. After that we wrote in our writing journals. We wrote about what we could see, hear, smell, and feel. Then we went down on the beach to look for sharks' teeth and other treasures. Many of us found horseshoe crab shells. They must molt at this time of year. Finally it was time to go back to school. We had an eagle following us most of the way back to school. It wa a wonderful trip! Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with our trip!
A Guest Speaker
Nurse Payne spoke to the first grade. She taught us about things we can do to keep healthy. She also taught us about ways that our bodies keep us healthy.
Mathematicians Can Compose and Decompose Numbers
First graders should have "ownership" of the numbers through 10. Ownership can be achieved by composing......putting together, and decomposing.....taking apart, the numbers. If the students truly own and understand the parts that make up a number, they will understand how to use those parts for addition and subtraction.
The students look forward to indoor recess. During indoor recess we get to play with some toys that are over 25 years old! But there are the Ipads and the computers too.
Readers Can Identify Literature and Informational Text
We looked through a pile of books. Then we sorted them into Literature and Informational text. We compared and contrasted the two piles of books and developed a class definition and anchor chart of Literature and Informational Text.
Mathematicians can Compose and Decompose shapes
During our Geometry unit, we Composed and Decomposed geometric shapes. When we composed shapes, we made new shapes by combining shapes together to make new shapes. When we decomposed shapes, we took the shapes apart to see what other shapes we could see.
Roll and Dab!
We rolled an A-F dice and a 1-6 dice to locate and read words.
We got to see a Sun Halo on the Playground. Halos are rings of light that can encircle the sun or the moon, and they usually occur when a thin layer of cirrus clouds are present in the sky.
We can go for a hunt for words.
We went on a hunt around the classroom looking for short vowel sound words.
Mathematicians can compose and decompose shapes.
We have been composing and decomposing shapes in class.
Piece of Pizza
We retold the story "The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes" by Gary Rubinstein. Each student had a story element to illustrate. The students then put their story elements together and retold the story.
Roll, Read, Write!
We can roll dice and read our Kindergarten words.
Mathematicians can sort shapes by attributes.
We sorted shapes by the attributes curves and no curves.
Mathematicians can use tools.
We explored the tools in our Tool Box. We were thinking like Mathematicians.
Inner Circle Outer Circle
We discussed our thoughts about a story using a speaking and listening strategy called "Inner Circle, Outer Circle".
We played Concentration with our Kindergarten words.
Go Go Mo!
We went on a Consonant Hunt around the room.
First Day of School 2017-2018
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 was our first day of school. It was the first time schools opened after Labor Day in all my years in Maryland.
We did an activity called "'Go Go Mo". The students were asked to write one short vowel word into the top box of each vowel sound. They then had to go around the room to interview the rest of the class to see if they had the same word; Go , Go, or a different word, Mo. The students had a GREAT TIME with this activity. They loved having the chance to move around the room and interview the other students. The class is looking forward to doing this again!
Good readers can get a picture in their mind when they listen to a story
We read Clifford the Little Red Puppy in class. We stopped several time during the story to discuss and illustrate the images the children were getting in their minds. The class was then able to retell the story by using the pictures they had drawn.
Mathematicians can use different strategies......
We have been using different strategies to help us add numbers. We have been making models and counting on.
Is it Literature or Informational Text?
In class we have been learning about the differences between literature and informational text. Each table was given a stack of books to look through. They had to decide which books were literature which were informational text, and why.
We compared and contrasted Ruby the Copycat and Stephanie's Ponytail.