Thursday, April 16, 2015


In reader's workshop this week, we started our new unit in poetry. We spent the first part of the week discussing differences between poems and fiction/nonfiction books. We also discussed how poems can give us feelings, and sometimes those feelings can change depending on how the poem ends.

In yesterday's lesson, we talked about how poems can have rhyming words. We also noticed and discussed the placement of the rhyming words in poems. During independent practice, everyone read through their poetry notebooks and found examples of rhyming words in familiar poems. We will be studying more with poetry in the coming weeks!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Oviparous Animals

Hi families!! I am so happy to report that our blog is back up and running! After a little technology glitch, it is finally working again and I am able to post. I have missed sharing with you all that we have been up to. Get ready for lots of posts over the next few weeks! :)

This week in science, we learned all about oviparous animals. These are animals lay eggs and hatch from them too. We did a lot of different activities centered around these "egg"cellent animals and everyone loved learning about them. Here's a sneak peak at a sort we did to distinguish animals that are oviparous, and those that are not oviparous (viviparous). 

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Hi everyone! Just a reminder that our class will be going to the book fair tomorrow afternoon. We also have our field trip this week on Tuesday. Please make sure your child is on time for school as we will be leaving right at 8:45. Thank you so much! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Hi everyone! Here are some pictures from  Valentine's Day and the 100th day of school when we dressed like we were a hundred years old.

Valentine's Day:

We did a candy heart experiment to see what would happen to the candy when we put it in water, soda, and vinegar.

In math, we did candy heart graphing.

100th Day:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

100th Day

If you need some ideas for dressing up on Friday, you can check out some of the costumes my first graders had last year. Just click the label on the right (of the blog homepage) that says "100th day" and scroll down through last year's entries see some other kids all dressed up. I can't wait to see everyone- we are going to have such a fun day!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ways to Make 10

We needed a fun way to finish up this crazy busy week! Can you believe we are scheduled for MORE snow this weekend?! Yesterday, we used candy hearts to show off all that we have learned about decomposing numbers. We used our hearts to record all different ways we can add to make 10. Then, students chose their favorite way and modeled it by gluing their hearts on to a paper plate to display. They also wrote the number sentence that matched the model. We had a great time with this!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Decomposing Numbers

I hope everyone is enjoying their snowy day. I can't believe how much snow has fallen in the past two weeks!

I wanted to share some pictures with you from our math lessons last week. We have been working on decomposing numbers. In the lesson below, I gave students 12 counters and allowed them to explore and work together to figure ways to break down the number (for example, 6+6 or 4+4+4). This a great way to build number sense and build "math talk". They love doing it too and were very motivated to find as many ways as possible.