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!
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!
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.
What does respect mean to you? This a question that the first graders were thinking about all week. We participated in so many fun activities that encouraged the students to be who they are and celebrate what makes each of us special. Some of these activities include Superhero Day, Hat Day, watching the play Cindy Rella, Valentine’s Day Dance, and Sports Day. We are all “wonders” and had a great time celebrating this spirit week together!
The first graders had a special treat this week. K-110 came to visit our class and shared all that they learned about reading with us. Each kindergarten student got to partner read with a first grader. They supported each other and worked together to read each other’s books. They had a great time celebrating all of their hard reading work!