Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rock Detectives

Emma and Moritz came in to teach 4 Winds Science on Monday. The showed the 3 ways that rocks could be formed(igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic). We then did some investigations together to learn about some very interesting rocks.
Emma teaches Sandy about rock formation

Emma demonstrates latering with bread, cream cheese and jelly. Then she smooshes the layers.

Moritz helps kids find the rock that can attract a magnet.

This group looks closely at rock features.

More Community Projects

A model of a local business, and notepads for all the students too!

A model of Harrison Field
In 1873 Harrison Street was named Pitkin Street

A model of The Vermont Clothespin Factory- complete with elevator
A photo used to help determine the scale of the Lego State house model. A grid was superimposed on the photo, and each square was used for each Lego block.

Harrison Field information booklet and model

The Kellogg Hubbard Library checkout desk with many model books!

Central Vermont Medical Center has 123 beds for patients.

THe Chinese restaurant has 8 Chinese employees and 5 American.
A model of the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility
A creemee- tee-hee

The Dairy Creme, and a power point with details!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Learning About Our Community

Some projects have arrived at school this week. We have had the pleasure of listening to first graders as they introduce different parts of our community to classmates.

 A model of City Hall, and an information book

 Saint Augustine's Church
 Learning about Associates in Pediatrics, and dreams of becoming a doctor
A model of the The Kellogg Hubbard Library , and an informative poster

A first grade toothless grin is a bonus!

We can't wait to see some more projects!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Letters to Veterans







Word Study

First grade word study has several elements. As a class, we learn spelling features through Fundations lessons. This week, we are learning about the glued sound "all" and the letters that usually get doubled at the end of words f,l,s. Some words we have been practicing together include, miss, off, boss, fill, etc.

In small groups, children are learning to sort words at their individual spelling levels. Some groups are working on letter sounds, some on digraphs, and others are working on vowel sounds. You should be getting these words each week to practice at home too.

In class, we have taken on the challenge of learning to spell longer, trickier words. We are collecting such words, and are trying to incorporate them in writing too. 

Here is a glimpse of our "interesting words" board.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Using Maps to Learn About our Community

Our trip to the police station needed to get postponed... Corporal Knisely called to say that there was a "situation" at the police station, so we would need to reschedule. Fortunately, our downtown community has so many learning opportunities. We headed to the information booth to get some maps, then made our way to the State House.

Upon arrival back at UES, everyone was interested in looking closely at the map, to see some of the landmarks that we had spotted on our trip!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Learning About Our Community- Part 2

On Wednesday, we will travel to the Montpelier Police Department. Please contact me if you can help with this walking trip. We will depart UES around 12:20.

Integrated Learning

At ECO last week, we were able to integrate science,  math, art, and literacy. We explored the leaves of the forest by classifying and sorting. We then worked in groups to create  leaf mandalas.

 At writer's workshop time, many science journals reflected the morning experiences!