I have been a First Grade teacher for eleven years. I absolutely LOVE teaching first grade! I am passionate about giving my students opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and exploring the world around them through guided inquiry. I created the blog to allow parents and families to get a glimpse into the daily happenings of our classroom and for other primary teachers to gain ideas to enhance their teaching. With 21st century tools, such as blogs, we can work together to give our students opportunities we never before imagined.
Today we learned how to use Pixie during Computer Lab. The VERY cool art program allowed us to create portraits of ourselves in our Halloween costumes. Students can also type a sentence in the program. I loaded the portraits for you to enjoy in Photostory. Some students typed their sentence independently, while others asked for assistance. You can also view it in Edline. I have posted it twice there on our Language Arts page. If you have Photostory on your computer you can click on Halloween Class Book in Edline and view each page individually.
On Friday, October 22nd, we celebrated the harvest season with a celebration. At the celebration students enjoyed apple and pumpkin foods, compared the weight of a mini pumpkin to an apple, created a pumpkin crafts and learned the parts of an apple. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made food and assisted at the celebration.
We have spent that last few weeks on our unit: The World Around Us. Students learned What is a Scientist and became scientists as we explored the world outside. We also studied Living and Nonliving objects. Students began by observing two types of worms: Nightcrawlers and Gummy Worms.
The next day we went outside and observed our world. Students were instructed to sketch one thing they observed outside. We brought in our drawings and sorted the pictures into two groups: living and nonliving. We did have to do some researching. One student drew dried leaves and another student drew a pinecone on the ground. After making observations and researching using the book What's Alive, students created a new group: Once-Living.
Finally, we sorted the living things into two groups: Living Plants and Living Animals.