Awesome Authors: 1st Grade Visit
The First grade girls have been hard at work learning about different types of literacy, writing, and poems. Each girl made a collection of writings featuring the different formats they had discovered and the creations were made into a book. The parents of the first grade girls were invited to come to the classroom to hear exerts from each book read by the students. The girls were able to dress the part by expressing what they thought an author would wear to their book reading. That afternoon, the girls visited the JK girls to share their books with them. The JK girls were thrilled to have the big girls and to hear all of their stories. "I cannot wait to be a big first grade girl and get to do this! It is so awesome!"- Eliza
This week we participated in an Everyday Math activity called Treasure Map. This activity was to provide experience using spatial reasoning to follow a simple map. The girls returned to the room from Music and were informed I had found a treasure map. We examined the map together as a class and began making predictions where the map might lead us. Below you will see the girls' predictions and their account of our journey.
Maybe we are going to the farm.
Maybe we are going to the gate at the front of Hutchison where cars can drive.
Maybe we are going to the desert.
Maybe we are gong to see the pond.
Maybe we are going to Mrs. Holcomb's house.
Maybe we are going to Dr. Smith's house.
Maybe we are going to the library.
The map took us to the farm! We were so excited and we saw Mrs. M&M. We got to go check on our radishes and we saw that they were about half way done. We get to go back in two weeks to pick them!- Ann Farley
The radishes were green and there were leaves sticking out of the ground. We couldn't see the Easter egg colors. Maybe when we pick them we can see all the different colors.- Dorothy
We are so fortunate to be able to learn and play at such a beautiful place. Hutchison is one of a kind and the girls love to learn all about the Hutchison community and environment. The girls have been fascinated with the changes of Spring and have greatly enjoyed seeing the new goslings around campus each day. We revisited the pond where we first observed the nests that were developing just a few short weeks ago.
What do you notice about the Hutchison pond?
I see rocks all over! I wonder if the rocks are all the way to the bottom.
I see the fountain! Its so pretty.
Look at Peanut Butter Puffball over there!
That's the duck with the pompom on his head!
Do you see any duck babies? I haven't seen any.
I think just the geese have babies.
There are so many bugs out here! I see one walking on the water!
Wow!! How does he do that?
Maybe his legs are special and help him do that?
Where are all of the geese?
Maybe they are walking around everywhere else.
Where is the mama goose that was sitting on her nest?
Maybe her babies are big and she doesn't have to sit on them anymore.
What is that?!
Is it a snake?
I think its a big big fish! I can see his fins sticking out of the water.
Our JK girls have been researching our Earth and the many ways we can help to preserve its health and beauty. Throughout this process the girls have researched land, water, and air. We started this project as individual classrooms and it turned into a grade by collaborative project. Below you will see the process and a glimpse into the girls learning.
Each classroom, based on the student's interest, became an expert on one of the three topics, land, air, and water. Below you will see the comprehension posters each class made and presented to all of the JK girls.
Over the next week, the girls continued to come up with ideas of what we could do to help our Earth. Finally, Earth Day arrived and we joined together again in the hallway to kick off our celebrations.
Later in the day our class was admiring the beautiful weather outside when we decided to go outside and create with chalk. The girls drew pictures of maps of Earth, some of their favorite things about our Earth, and illustrated ways we could help preserve our planet.
As the day was coming to an end, the girls worked together with other JK friends to plant mint in one of our empty flower beds on the playground. Mint is something our class has been drawn to each time we visit the Hutchison farm so we knew this was the item that needed to be planted in their favorite space. The girls picked weeds, mixed up the dirt, brought in new soil, and planted the mint.
Earth Day 2016 was a complete success!
Sunny skies and the warmth of Spring reminded us that it was time to visit the Hutchinson farm. The girls first ventured throughout the flower beds looking for familiar and unfamiliar plants. The girls discovered: strawberries, chocolate mint, irises, and cotton. After returning to the classroom some of our friends continued their discoveries by drawing with black fine tip pens of each of the plants.
Next, the girls worked together to plant something new on the farm. Below you will find an account given by the girls.
“We went to the Hutchison farm to plant radishes! Mrs. M&M said the radishes are Easter Egg Radishes. The radishes will be purple, white, and red.”- Gray
Upon on return to the classroom, the girls sat down with Mrs. Holcomb to illustrate their prediction of what the radishes will look like.
The girls are so excited to revisit their seeds soon to see if there are any changes.
Sight Word Review: The girls created a personal sight word dictionary using illustrations and sentences using six of our introduced sight words. Next, the girls read each word and then wrote the words using brushes in sand trays.
Phonics Reinforcement: The girls practiced each works spelling words but writing the words in different ways. Next, the girls practiced reading their little readers independently. These words use introduced sight words and also incorporate spelling words.
Planet Earth: The girls have learned that the Earth is made of land, water, and air. This activity allowed the girls to study in a hands on way the placement of land and water on a map. The girls first used colored pebbles to complete a map showing land as green and water as blue. Next, the girls did a similar exercise but this time the map was black and white and they used blue and green dot paint complete the map.
Art Center: The girls studied pictures of examples of land, water, and air and represented each artistically using oil pastels and watercolor.
Sorting Living Things: The girls were given a basket of items and were asked to sort the items into the appropriate categories. The items consisted of animals, plants, and even clouds. After sorting all of the items the girls were to illustrate and label examples for land, water, and air.
Middle Sounds: This activity continued our conversation of vowels. The girls looked at the picture and decided which middle sound was missing. The student was to find the correct vowel and complete the word. Once the word was complete the girls were encouraged to read the word to check their work.
This week we participated in our annual Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude. The girls did a great job riding their bikes, trikes, and scooters! Thank you all for your participation and support. After lunch the girls were given celebratory snow-cones as a thank for raising over $10,500!
This semester the girls have been learning about number stories. We have been completing simple addition and subtraction problems. To take this step further, the girls were given the opportunity to create a math problem within a story. Partners worked together to arrange loose parts to create character and setting of their story. Next, the girls created a story that involved a number story or word problem. This higher order thinking helped the girls to develop a problem and find a solution. Below you will find some of the stories the girls created. You can find these stories around our light table in our classroom.
Skills in Development:
The students have been talking about Spring and learning about Spring from books and videos inside the classroom. To enrich our conversations we took a walk around our beautiful campus to experience first hand what is blooming around us. The girls discoveries were everything from the grass has turned green to flowers blooming.
There are tiny baby flowers on this bush!
Those are called flower buds.
Wow! This one is turning into a whole big flower!
Flowers are growing on this little bush!
Some are pink and some are white.
This tree is growing!!! Look at the little leaves coming out.
That tree has flowers.
I found some petals.
Wow! This flower is huge and beautiful!
Is that pollen on the inside. I think it is because it's yellow.
The tulip poplar tree is really really growing now!! Wow!
There are tons on leaves.
What do you notice about the leaves?
The have lots of points.
They don't really look like circles.
Girls, do you know what the lines on the leaves are called? They are veins.
Veins?! We have veins in our body. They connect to the heart.
Some branches don't even have leaves yet.
The leaves at the bottom are so small.
Maybe it's because those leaves haven't gotten as much sun.
Spring Rhyming Words: The students worked on two activities at the rhyming center. First students played a rhyming game on the iPad where they were given a word and had to decide which rhyming flower it belonged to. Each new correct word filled a petal until one of the flowers was complete. Next, students were given four Spring words and were asked to illustrate and write a rhyming word for each.
Dissecting Flowers: With our discussion of Spring, the girls have loved looking at flowers and have asked many times to pick some. We decided to bring this experience to the classroom by allowing the girls to use their sense to continue their learning of flowers. The girls used magnifying glasses to look at the flowers, tweezers and their fingers to pull the pieces apart, and then glues the pieces onto a piece of paper. The girls then labeled their findings using a black pen.
The girls returned to school with a new season. The official first day of Spring was March 20th. We sat down together to discuss what this means..
Girls, we began a new season yesterday. Do you know which season it is now?
It is spring!- DC
Because we just had winter and after winter is spring!- AF
Seasons are a cycle. Remember?! There is Summer, Fall, Winter Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.- AZ
I know it is spring because the flowers are growing.- NT
All of the plants are growing.- EB
Yeah, I saw the leaves on the trees coming back.- MKP
My dad and my mom planted seeds in February and now they are growing because of the sun and the warmer weather.- EBW
My mom said I can wear short sleeves now because its warmer.- VA
It is getting closer to swimming pool time. That's in summer not in Spring. It is next.- GR
My mommy's flowers all died when it was cold and now they are growing again.- SM
But girls, why it is getting warmer? Why is it Spring time now?
It is Spring and getting warmer because the sun is leaning forward and when it is cold the Earth leans away. - MKP
The Earth is looking towards sunny space now so it is warmer because the sun is shining closer.- BH
Each girl created a picture of Spring at the art easels. It is so exciting to see how detailed their painting have become since the beginning of the school year. Our JK girls have definitely blossomed into wonderful artistic little ladies!