Monthly Archives: December 2013

Dec 31

Exploring Poetry Books

As we are reading and writing poetry we spent some time in the library one day exploring poetry books. We noticed a lot of things about how poetry books work and about poems. This is really helpful as we read more poems and write our own. Como estamos leyendo y escribiendo poesía pasamos mucho tiempo […] Read More

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Dec 26

Fractions

We’ve been working on fractions for a few weeks. The idea of parts of a whole is a challenging one for first graders. We began by focusing on equal parts, especially of a shape. We talked about parts of a shape and parts of a group. We say our fractions as something out of something, […] Read More

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Dec 23

Veterans’ Day Guest

On Veterans’ Day we had a special guest visit our classroom (actually, most first grade classrooms had a special guest that day). He read several books to us and told us about what he does as a member of The Old Guard. He even taught us to do some of the stretches that he does […] Read More

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Dec 21

Writing Independently

Every day we read and we write. We know we have to do them both regularly to get better at them. As you can see, when we write (just like when we read) we like to find a place where we will be comfortable and able to work hard. Todos los días leemos y escribimos. […] Read More

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Dec 19

Making our Elephant and Piggie Book

Making our Elephant and Piggie book was a lot of work. We planned together what we wanted to write, worked together to write it just the way we wanted, and then illustrated it. Finally, we recorded it to share it here. We think it turned out fabulously!   Hacer que nuestro libro Elefante y Piggie […] Read More

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Dec 17

Morning Meeting with Our Families

  Back in October (oh my, we have to do better keeping up with sharing all our activities, work, and fun), we invited our families to join us for our morning meeting. We begin every day with a morning meeting and we wanted to share that with our families. We greeted each other, a few […] Read More

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Dec 15

Thanksgiving Lunch

The school Thanksgiving lunch is always a popular event. The food choices are different from any other day of the year and families are invited to join us. It was wonderful to see so many families eating together! El almuerzo escolar Thanksgiving es siempre un acontecimiento popular. Las opciones de comida son diferentes de cualquier […] Read More

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Dec 03

Recess Trouble: a book by ExploreOrrs

We wrote and illustrated this book, inspired by Mo Willems. It features Elephant and Piggie and was also inspired by one of our students, who broke his arm falling off the monkey bars earlier this year (luckily, no one pushed him!). The students then read the book for the recording. Nos escribió e ilustró este […] Read More

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Dec 02

Parts of a Group

Fractions are a difficult concept to grasp. We’ve been working on the idea that things must be split into equal or fair parts. Now we’re working on how we talk about those parts. Las fracciones son un concepto difícil de entender. Hemos estado trabajando en la idea de que las cosas deben ser divididos en […] Read More

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Dec 01

Math Work

We have lots of ways to learn more and practice math. We use our 100 chart a lot. Making groups of 10s and 1s is another thing we practice a lot.   Tenemos un montón de maneras de aprender más y practicar las matemáticas. Utilizamos nuestra tabla 100 mucho. Hacer grupos de 10s y 1s […] Read More

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