What a delightful group of first grade students we have here! Always hard at work and curious for more knowledge. Please enjoy the shots above.
Another great week of learning for the books! In Bridges Math, we practiced doubling numbers and adding/subtracting on a number line. Students were jumping by 5s and 10s on an open number line to represent the expression given. The doubling activities allowed students to utilize other fun math tools such as the frog game boards, number cards and dice.
In literacy, we were taking a look at proper and common nouns. We brainstormed many different people and places throughout the week. Students also sorted and categorized words based on whether they started with a capital letter or not. They learned that a name of a person or place always starts with a capital letter. This will translate in their writing as they become more independent mini authors.
Overall, First Grade had a grand time wrapping up the lessons on doubling and proper nouns/common nouns. We played doubling Bingo as a whole group and read books with partners! The children all had a blast- as you can see from the photos below!
Please make sure to check out the Sneak Peek in the homework folder to see what’s on the menu for next week.
How do they make silly sounds in cartoons? This was the prompt we explored during a NGSS driven science lesson this past week! The students investigated how everyday objects can produce the sound effects that are in the movies! They explored how a ruler can make a boing noise that could fit into any silly cartoon scene. Or how a laser in Stars Wars comes from the vibrations of a metal slinky. The kids also learned how to use body percussion to emulate a furious thunderstorm!
The students were carrying out these various investigations on how to make different sounds to construct an explanation that objects vibrate when they make a sound. They also found out that if the vibration stops, the sound does as well.
Next week we will go deeper into vibrations, focusing on where the vibration is actually taking place, specifically in musical instruments. Look out for the head harps next week!
Ms. Tuomi has over five years experience in ASD, where she taught first and fifth grade classrooms. An avid skier, Ms. Tuomi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Alaska Pacific University’s Bachelor of Arts in K-8 Education.