This last week, we continued to focus on birds in science. We started the week listening to bird reports! Great job First Graders! The students learned and watched a movie about adaptation in birds and how their physical features and behaviors help them survive. Wednesday afternoon, the first grade artists headed down to the art room to paint birds. Mrs. Galash prepares the right colors for each bird. She is so awesome! On Thursday, the First Graders worked on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project by designing their own nests with a partner. First we asked “How do birds build nests?” We watched two videos of birds making nests. Then the pairs of students imagined the possibilities came up with 2 plans deciding on the best one to build. It was a beautiful day as we headed outside to find items to build with; sticks, twigs and moss. The room was a buzz with designing chatter as the partners built their nests. Finally on Friday, the students tested their nest to see if it could hold an egg and then contemplated how their nest could be improved. These students are excellent problem solvers and were able to articulate design process and reasons for their ideas on improving their designs. It is amazing how they have grown this year!!
In math this week, the students continued to explore attributes of two dimensional shapes. The First Graders explored shapes by creating composite shapes with the shapes we have been learning with. Our studies in Geometry will continue into next week! For the month of April ,the First Graders will be focused on the writing skill, Sentence Fluency. The idea of Sentence Fluency is to write sentences that show meaning and ideas as smoothly and clearly as possible. In First Grade, we will be focusing on experimenting with different sentence beginnings and creating sentences of varying lengths. The First Graders will have learned 5 of the 7 writing traits and are reminded of each before they begin writer’s workshop. I am very proud of their efforts in writing!
Photos from the week!
Heifer Drive all week ~ Check Friday Footnotes for details
Tuesday, April 12th ~ St. Stevens Lunches~ Please bring in extra lunches
Thursday, April 14th ~ All School Mass at 2:15 ~ Join us!