Scientist "C" came to school on Thursday to teach our class all about magnets. After some initial teaching, the kids were dismissed into centers where they got to explore all about magnets- how they attract, how they repel, material that magnets can still attract through, how to make a paper clip magnetic, and so much more! Here are some pictures of the children learning and having a blast!!
Bobby celebrated his birthday last Friday with his 15 minutes of fame. Since it was right before Halloween, his mom spoke to the class about the Teal Pumpkin Project. By placing a teal colored pumpkin at your door, it lets children know that you're giving out candy without the main allergy ingredients (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, etc.).
The children had some great ideas for what I should be on Halloween!
We've been learning all about nouns. We've been practicing reading and writing singular nouns, plural nouns and proper nouns. Ask your child to tell you the difference!
We had a GREAT time at the Atlanta History Center today. The weather was beautiful as we learned all about life on a farm in the 1860's. The children learned from a blacksmith and wood-smith, visited the house and kitchen, helped to make candles and even did some laundry. Enjoy some pictures from our busy day!!
I'm sorry I haven't updated the blog recently. We've been so busy that I've hardly had the time to even take pictures. Next week is already the end of the first marking period. It has really flown by!! Here's a few pictures I managed to take over the last few weeks. :)
Last week was Wellness Week and the PTA and PE teachers planned lots of fun activities. To kick off the week, we had an assembly with Grand Master Chung. Everyone in the gym was memorized by his inspirational stories. He talked about the importance of wellness for our body, mind and attitude and how important it is to be consistent and persevere. It was truly an amazing program!!
Anthony and Brooks celebrated their 15 minutes of fame by reading to the class. We learned lots of interesting facts about sharks (Anthony) and Susan B. Anthony (Brooks) Great job boys!!
Jackson is lucky to be piloting the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) program this year and the children seem to really love it. One aspect of SEL is the Community Gathering, or morning meeting. There are three main components to the Community Gathering: greeting, sharing and activity. Here's a picture of the students during our sharing time today. They were partnered with their "elbow buddy" to discuss what they have most enjoyed about our first IB unit. We've talked a lot about making eye contact with your partner, what it means to be a good listener and how to effectively communicate your ideas.
Next week, I'll be adding the Second STEP program to our Community Gatherings. Here's a letter that explains the program. I'm excited to see the impact the lessons will have on the children!
We've been busy the last two weeks learning all about healthy eating and the different food groups. Hopefully, you've noticed your child making some smart choices about food. We've been discussing a "Balanced Plate" and what that should look like for first graders. In case you're wondering yourself, click on this link:
Here are some of our own balanced plates! The children worked hard to sort the foods into the correct food groups. To learn all about the different food groups, we've been reading through and completing our balanced plate books.
We also started Work Board this week! During Work Board, the students complete reading and writing activities in small groups while I'm leading guided reading groups. I like to spend at least 1 hour each day reading to small groups of students (2-3 at a time) so it's important for the other children to be engaged in meaningful learning.
We also celebrated Spencer's 15 minutes of fame this week with some science experiments. The children had a BLAST seeing soap expand in the microwave and making their own flubber.
It was SUPERHERO day at Jackson! The children loved seeing their friends and teachers dressed up as their favorite superhero. We even wrote about what super powers we'd like to have if we could be a superhero.
We've been busy this week learning all about ways to stay safe at school and at home. We had a special visit today from Officer Adams, who spoke to the children about his job and why it's so important. Don't be surprised if your child suddenly wants to be a police officer for Halloween!!
We also read Officer Buckle and Gloria and LOTS of other safety books. After coming up with a list of safety tips we thought were important (Never run near a cliff!!), the children wrote and illustrated their own Safety Books.
Here are a few pictures to show you some other activities from this week.
This is our morning calendar. It takes about 20 minutes each morning, but it's packed with important math skills. We go over the days of the week, the months of the year and the day's date. We use place value to keep track of the number of days we've been in school and the number of days we have left. We use a fact triangle to complete a daily fact family. We solve a problem of the day, show different ways to represent a money amount and create number sentences for a given number. If that's not enough, we also practice counting forwards and backwards by 1's, 5's and 10's, review even and odd numbers and will soon use relation symbols to compare sets of numbers. The children love starting our day off with the calendar so ask your child all about it.
We learned all about how to be a good friend this week! We read lots of books about friends and discussed how friends treat each other. One of our favorite books was Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. The story is about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum who thinks her name is absolutely perfect...until her first day of school! After the other children tease her about her name, Chrysanthemum starts to dislike her name and wish for a new one. After reading the story I had each child crinkle a paper heart I had cut out. We talked about how each crinkle represented something mean being said to someone. When we were all finished, I tried to straighten out the heart, but it still looked wrinkled. It reminded all of us that saying mean things can stick with a person. Think before you speak!
We also listed some things that good friends do and started working on our friendship books. We ALL want to be a good friend. :)
These are a work in progress. The children are excited to finish them next week.
The children worked hard to create their schedule caterpillars. It shows what days we have our different specials. Our schedule has changed a little since the first day of school. Not only has media center moved from Friday to Monday, but our recess is now 10:00-10:30 (the children needed an earlier break) and our lunch is 11:35-12:05.
We had a GREAT first week of school! I've loved getting to know your sweet children and can't wait to see what we accomplish this year. The children have been busy learning about our daily routines and procedures and all of their new classmates. Here are a few pictures so you can see a little of what we've done these first few days of school.
After reading David Goes to School, we came up with a list of Essential Agreements (class rules) that we all agreed on. The children also made their own Davids on Wednesday afternoon to go along with the story.
The children worked hard to create paper plate self portraits to hang around our classroom. Here are a few examples so you can see what they look like. Aren't they fabulous?
We celebrated Ilana's birthday today with her 15 minutes of fame. We all loved looking through her school photo albums and dancing to some Meghan Trainor.