This week we continued to focus on character traits by learning about "perseverance". Students learned in "Elena's Serenade" and "I Had Trouble Getting To Solla Sollew" some characters had perseverance throughout the entire story while other characters changed and had perseverance at the end of the story. Students learned what perseverance meant and how it could look different in two different stories. Students also learned that perseverance is a common literary theme that is seen in many different stories and this can help us to connect different texts. Additionally, students also learned what a "moral" of a story is and have started identifying them in stories.
Students continued working on their opinion writing by becoming a "reviewer" this week. We looked at a few different examples of this kind of writing and noticed that we had high interest in the piece right away. We learned how to ask questions, describe the setting or share an interesting fact to create an interesting opening to our opinion pieces. First graders had fun trying this out.
Students continued to learn about geometry and focused on the following common core skill:
1.G.A.2 Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
Student Friendly Objective: I can make shapes using other shapes (like with pattern blocks). I can build objects using other objects (like with building blocks)
This week our engineering lesson with our 5th grade buddies focused on technology. Students learned that technology doesn’t have to only be electronics. We ask two questions when we think of something to determine if it is technology: 1. Was it engineered (made) by someone? 2. Does it help solve a problem? If students answer “yes” to both questions it is technology. After practicing this with several different items we came to the conclusion that non-technologies are things that are created in nature.
This week students were introduced to a new science unit: Light and Sound. We were excited to focus on our essential question: What causes sound? Students tested this by exploring sound using a rubber band on a cup, a tongue depressor, and a table fiddle. We noticed that each "instrument" we created used vibration to make it's sound.
We have continued our famous people study by starting to learn about Dr. Seuss and his impact on children's books. We celebrated his birthday on March 2nd by reading a few of his books during the day and watching a short video clip about his life.
Wednesday, March 21st: Ice Cream Day, students can purchase ice cream during lunch for $3.00.