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First Graders Learn About the Five Boroughs!

The first graders went on a field trip to the Queens Museum.  First, we got to see the Panorama, a bird’s eye view of the five boroughs that was put together by a team of over 100 people for the World’s Fair.  We learned about the five boroughs and what kinds of places and structures were in each borough.  Then we broke up into five groups:  Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.  Each group applied what they had learned from the Panorama to recreate each borough using building blocks and other materials.  Take a look to see how we worked together to create each borough!

Class 1-204B Performs Reader’s Theater!

As a culminating activity for our reading unit on characters, the students performed reader’s theater!  The students broke up into groups and then chose their roles.  We performed Froggy Bakes a Cake, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Lemonade Stand.  The first graders practiced their lines and made their characters come to life by thinking about what was happening in the story.  They used this information to help them change their voice and use their bodies to match how the character was feeling.  Last, they created props that they felt were important to tell their story.  They all did a great job becoming their characters and using all that they learned from the unit to perform their play!

First Graders Practice Measuring!

The first grade students just started our unit on non-standard measurement.  The students are practicing measuring things around the room using different kinds of non-standard measurement such as cubes, counters, and inch worms.  They are making sure that they start measuring at the beginning of the object and that there aren’t any gaps in their measuring tool.  Then the students are recording their measurements and comparing which things are longer and which are shorter.

Third Graders Experiment with Force and Motion

The third graders have been learning about force and motion in various ways.  Today we performed 2 different experiments around force and motion.  The first was with a small catapult.  We launched a pom-pom off a catapult, two trials having the catapult halfway down and two trials having the catapult all the way down.  We measured how far the catapult launched the pom-pom each time.  The second experiment was with a pulley and a scale.  We used a pulley system to fill a jar with marbles and weigh different amounts of marbles inside the jar.  We observed the pulley and noticed the changes as we added more marbles.

First and Third Graders Wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Class 1-204B and Class 3-205E got together to celebrate through the use of the book Green Eggs and Ham.  First, the third graders took turns reading the book out loud under the ELMO projector.  Then, each student made a page for a big class book about things they would eat in silly places.  Finally, we made a green eggs snack.  The two classes mixed together and divided into 4 groups.  Each group made vanilla pudding and dyed it green.  They mixed it up, served it out, and put a vanilla wafer cookie in the middle to make it look like a big green egg.  We had a great time celebrating withe Green Eggs and Ham!