Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nov 30

Personal Space

Keeping our bodies to ourselves is a challenge in first grade. Our fabulous counselor read a great book to us, Personal Space Camp, and then we examined how tough it can be to have people in your personal space. Mantener nuestros cuerpos para nosotros es un reto en el primer grado. Nuestro consejero fabuloso leer un […] Read More

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Nov 28

Pattern Video

We made patterns using physical motions and musical instruments. We started small, moving our bodies while sitting on the carpet. Then we made big physical movements standing up. It was tough to remember the pattern and make our bodies move the right way. But it was fun! Hicimos patrones usando movimientos físicos y los instrumentos […] Read More

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Nov 26

Independent Writing

During our independent writing one day everyone was so focused and intent on their work I had to capture it on video. Some students were using picture dictionaries to help them spell words or get new ideas. Others were at the window using our feelings pictures to help them with their writing. Durante nuestra escritura […] Read More

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Nov 25

Getting Our Library Ready

Our classroom library is full of many, wonderful books. At the start of the year, our library was closed. We only had some of the books available for us. Then, we spent one day going through all the baskets in the library and making labels for them. We had to decide what types of books […] Read More

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Nov 23

Special Guest

Recently a special teacher came to visit for a lesson with us. He shared an amazing alphabet book in which letters were turned in different directions and made into pictures. Then we got to try it! We each got the first letter of our first names and made them into rockets, ice cream cones, cars, […] Read More

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Nov 21

Practicing Math

Practicing what we are learning about numbers in math means we do the same thing a lot. So we are always looking for new and fun ways to practice. This game is a great one for first graders. You can also find lots of other games, for math and reading and writing and more, on […] Read More

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Nov 19

Free Choice

Most afternoons, at the end of the day, we have some free choice time. There are lots of options for us, including blocks of different kinds, magnets, brain noodles, and more. It’s a time when we can play, think about things in new ways, and work out problems together. La mayoría de las tardes, al […] Read More

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Nov 14

Buzzing About Books

We read independently every day. Often we are so excited about our books it is hard to not turn to a friend to talk about them. So we make sure we have time to do that. At the end of our independent reading time we turn to ‘buzz’ with a friend about our books. We […] Read More

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Nov 12

Lots and Lots of Patterns

We have made patterns in so many different ways. If you look closely at these, you can see that they are growing patterns. Repeating patterns are easy for us now. Growing patterns are a new challenge. Hemos hecho los patrones de muchas maneras diferentes. Si te fijas bien en éstas, se puede ver que están […] Read More

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Nov 10

Playing with Pixie

We have figured out how to do a lot of fun things using Pixie. The best part is that we notice each other doing something new and we want to do it too. So we’re teaching each other all the things we’re learning. Hemos descubierto la manera de hacer un montón de cosas divertidas con […] Read More

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