The children had been eagerly anticipating the 100th Day of School. So for the 100th day, we had a celebration with special activities such as making a 100 Fruit Loops necklaces, playing addition games, camouflage the number 100, and making a snow day scene with 100 snowmen. The children read poems about 100. We counted to 100 in different ways. We even read stories about 100. What a fun filled day we had!
Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) are very interesting animals. Our class learned about this animal, who has its very own holiday. After learning about Groundhog Day and the legend behind it, our class made our own predictions about when spring will arrive.
The children learned about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We discuss the concept of peace, fairness, and equality. Then, we celebrated Dr. King’s life by making a crown and writing about our own dreams for the world.
The Holiday Season usually brings gingerbread to mind. So the First Grade classes came together for a special lesson involving the story The Gingerbread Man. We even made our very own Gingerbread Man by following a recipe. (A great lesson on sequencing and following written directions!)
After sending our Gingerbread Man to the school kitchen to be baked, the First Graders happily went back to our lessons for the day. All of a sudden, we were interrupted by the cafeteria ladies with the news that our Gingerbread Man had jumped out of the oven and ran out of the kitchen!
And so, the hunt for our Gingerbread Man began! We searched high and low for clues as to where the Gingerbread Man could be hiding. We even enlisted our Big Buddies to help us make Wanted Posters to hang around the school.
We received many reports of Gingerbread Man sightings. He even managed to turn the Principal’s Office upside down one evening! He was a fast and mischievous fellow! The children came up with the ingenious plan of making Gingerbread Houses to lure and trap the sneaky Gingerbread Man. Our plan worked! The Gingerbread Man was found and brought back to us. A great big Thank You to the wonderful parents who came to our class to help build Gingerbread Houses. The children had a great time!
Our class is proud to participate in helping others this Holiday Season.
We were so excited to be a part of the annual Fifth Grade Bake Sale to help needy families. By purchasing baked goods, we helped our fifth grade classes raise over $1,600 for our community. Way to go!
Our class also participated in the Macy’s Believe Campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s will donate $1 for every “Letter to Santa” they collect during the Holiday Season. However, Macy’s donated $2 for every letter received on Believe Day (12/8/17). That was the day we dropped off our letters of course. A quick math lesson showed us how the money we raised through these letters can quickly multiply when our Buddy Class, along with other classes, join this wonderful program. Macy’s Believe Campaign will run until December 24th.
Our class worked with our Big Buddies to create Kindness Rocks for distribution throughout our community. Participants of our school’s annual “Stand Tall and Rake for Fall” placed these rocks around our community as they went around raking leaves.
The Kindness Rocks Project was created with the goal of inspiring others through randomly placed rocks inscribed with encouraging or uplifting words. This project also hopes to encourage other to conduct random acts of kindness. To learn more about this project, please go to thekindnessrocksproject.com.
‘Tis the season for monsters! The children worked with our “Big Buddies” to create a math monster. By generating addition equations with dice, the buddies created a “recipe” for their math monster. The equations dictated the number of eyes, ears, mouths, etc. their monster should have. Then they had to use their combined imagination to draw their monster. I was extremely impressed by the children’s creativity.
A great big Thank You to the moms who came to our class to help with our Halloween craft. The children had a wonderful time making pumpkin mummies and decorating goodies bags for our Halloween treats.
This year’s Literary Pumpkins were amazing! Great job on all who helped decorated our Halloween Parade path.
The children looked amazing in their Halloween costumes for our annual Halloween parade. Our class had a fabulous week!
This week we learned about John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) and did many activities with apples in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day which is September 26th. The children had fun learning how the apple tree changes with each season. We studied the parts of an apple. We even played apple themed games. We ended our apple mini unit by tasting applesauce. Yum!