Welcome Wonderful Ones!

Dear Parents,

I am so excited about our first grade adventures together! This year will be a great one – I can just tell from meeting the children on the last day of school in June. 

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I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, August 17th for Open House. Bring your school supplies with you!

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First graders and flags

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Our class was the recipient of a collection of flags from the travels of Dr. J. Norstedt. He very generously donated the flags and these first graders put them to use!

First they used atlases to identify their chosen flags, then used the index to locate the country’s information in the atlas.


They studied the maps to identify the region of the world and the capital.

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They read for interesting facts and developed a greater sense of place value as they worked to understand the population and the area of their countries.


Then they prepared to give their presentation to their classmates – and to be published on the blog. We hope you’ll leave a comment about their accomplishments.

Thank you Dr. Norstedt!

Where did the birds go?

IMG_5311 The birds nesting in the pool toy bag on our deck are gone! We watched the parents feed the babies all week, then Saturday, they were gone. I guess flying lessons started.

Speaking of birds flying away, did you notice our blog had a new look? Let me know what you think about it with a post-it!

Small Group Work

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We worked in small groups today to construct a graphic organizer that summarized the literary elements of a story we read earlier.

Students chose a writer and a reporter, other participants worked collaboratively on supplying ideas and correct spelling.

It is fun to see what we can do together.


Famous Americans

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Want to brush up on your Virginia History SOL facts? Try out this quiz that features the first grade Famous Americans that we study.

Try to find the four phrases that are connected to a famous American. Earn a point for connecting all four, then an extra point if you can name the person!

Comment below with your score or what you think about the quiz.

(Free quiz maker from Classtools.net)

School is cool!

We have been working hard in first grade this week. We have come up with a list of cool school tools that we love to use around the classroom.

We worked in pairs with our bucket of notebooks and colored pencils to come up with a list of school nouns. Then the words were typed into an application called Tagul that makes word clouds. Here is a screen shot of our word cloud.

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School Supply List



Class Supply List

  • 2 boxes Crayola Crayons (24 count)
  • 1 pair Fiskars scissors
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 pack of broad Crayola washable markers (classic colors)
  • plastic pencil box
  • pencils (Dixon Ticonderoga)
  • 2 spiral wide-ruled 70 pg. notebook
  • 1 container of wipes
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • hand sanitizer and liquid soap (or refill)
  • $5.00 for National Geographic Magazine
  • Backpack (no wheels!)

Extras, if you can:

  • 1 pack of 24 twistable crayons
  • Ziplock baggies – gallon, quart, or snack size


Bring your school supplies to Open House, Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:00 – 6:00.

Camping is better with snacks!



image permission by flickr cc

We went camping for math today again! This time we had graham crackers and Hershey kisses for s’mores!

We took the story problems we wrote while camping last week. Then we solved everyone’s stories. It was fun and delicious!













More camping stories

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picture permission by flickrcc

More camping stories by the Wonderful Ones!

Andrew and Jaden went camping. They saw 10 boys, 3 girls, 5 men, and 6 women. How many campers did they see altogether?


On their camping trip, Noah and Shane saw 20 deer and 50 bears. How many animals did they see in all?


Jocelyn and Koreyon went camping. They saw 12 deer, 20 bees, 1 moose, and 2 cats. How many animals did they see altogether?


Sam caught  79 deer in the woods. Maggie caught 22 deer in the woods. How many deer did they catch altogether?


Caroline and Colt read 8 cat stories in their tent. Then they read 19 eagle stories. How many stories did they read?