Today was a very fun day in first grade! Our theme for today was camp! We built forts this morning using blankets, desks, and chairs. Next, we heard stories about Arthur and Froggy going to camp, we worked in our Smarty Pants Camp booklet, and we wrote in our camp journals. Later this morning, we went on a nature hike, where we wrote down and drew what we observed. Finally, we created camp nicknames and shared them with our classmates! It will definitely be one of our most favorite memories of this school year!
Today, our class took a field trip to Legoland. At Legoland, we were able to see a 4D movie, ride on some rides, play in the indoor playground, play at the water table, and attend a class on force and motion, where we built our own tops out of legos! We are now Legoland Engineers!
See the pictures below of all of the fun we had!
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The first graders really enjoyed learning about the moon throughout August and September. We did many hands on activities, watched video clips, read books, created charts, and worked in small groups while learning about the topic. They had a lot of fun learning about this topic!
On Friday, the first grade classes attended their field trip at LegoLand. The kids were SO excited! It was a very, very fun field trip that included hands on areas, rides, an indoor playground, a 4-D movie, a pizza lunch, and a Science class on tall towers and structures. In the class, the kids were broken up into groups and had to use team work to build the tallest tower. After building their first tower, they were taught why it is important to build a secure structure and how to do so. They then were given a second chance to not only build a tall tower, but use what they were taught to make it secure. Friday's field trip was definitely a memorable one.
Today, Wednesday, March 4, our class got to do a VERY fun science experiment! First, we read, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss! It is about a man who sees Oobleck fall from the sky as rain. Then, we learned all about solids and liquids, and discussed the characteristics of each. Finally, we made predictions about whether oobleck was a solid or a liquid. We found out that it can be both! :)
Each student then got the chance to make their own bag of oobleck with cornstarch and water. They then had to draw a picture of what the oobleck looked like, think of describing words to describe it, and then state whether they first thought oobleck was a solid or a liquid. The students LOVED this fun science activity. One student even said, "This is more fun than a backflip!". HAHA! :)
Children love Science and our students sure proved that with our pumpkin investigation. Ms. Riplinger gathered a few different types of pumpkins: small, large, orange, and green (yes, a green pumpkin!), and the students made predictions about the pumpkins. The formed a hypothesis about how similar and different all of the pumpkins would be. They also predicted if the green pumpkin would look the same or different than the orange pumpkin. We then made Venn diagrams before and after we cut the pumpkins open and discussed the results. Look at the pictures to find out what we learned.
Next, the students were able to get into groups and dig into the pulp of the pumpkin to dig out the seeds!
October was filled with many learning opportunities with our reading buddies. In October, we learned about Christopher Columbus and wrote about what we would do if we found new land and we investigated ways to use our adjectives to describe apples through our 5 senses. We used those adjectives to create a web and then formed sentences in an apple template to talk about apples. Our reading buddies were a great help, since we are just starting to learn how to write! Our projects turned out great!
Ms. Riplinger, a second grade teacher in the Chicago-land area.