Thursday, April 27, 2017

Community Visits

We enjoyed two community walking field trips this week!  First, to the State House to help Governor Phil Scott launch "Vermont Green Up Day", and second to the Hunger Mountain Coop to learn about this community resource.  They generously donated a grocery bag full of healthy snacks to our class.  Thank you Hunger Mountain Coop!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

First Graders Write Reviews

Our current writing unit asks first graders to consider their opinions and find convincing ways to support their thinking.  We began by judging a collection of items such as toy cars, shells, or lego characters.  The children compared the items in the collection and chose their favorite, then used examples to convince others to agree with them.  We talked about writing a catchy introduction, elaborating, and using counterarguments.  This week we began writing reviews of favorite books, movies, places, or toys to persuade others.  In addition to elaboration and organization, we are practicing language conventions such as spelling, capitalization , and punctuation.  Ask your child to tell you more about the review he or she is writing!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Making Waves

This month our science investigation centers around light and sound waves.  In the first few experiments, students are using the scientific method, the children are conducting experiments to observe waves through vibration.  Our last experiment had students observing salt vibrating as a result of sound.  They predicted what would make the salt move, then tried it and recorded their results.  Ask your child to tell you more!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


The sunshine and warm weather made for a perfect ECO lesson. The children spent the afternoon enjoying the sun, playing games, building sit spots, looking for animal tracks, listening to a story, and making winter "bouquets". It was a full day!









Wednesday, February 8, 2017

100 Days Smarter!

We celebrated the 100th day of school with a variety of literary and math activities. The kids also enjoyed "touring" the other first grade classes to see the many different ways their peers represented 100.  Check out some of the projects from our room!









Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Books!

Our Scholastic book order arrived today along with all of these free new books for the classroom.  I was able to choose them with points earned from purchases made by you! Thank you!