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The Praying Mantis

I found a praying mantis yesterday and brought it to school today. We all were excited to create a habitat for observation of our new friend.


We gave it sticks to climb, moss to stand on, and misted it with water. We learned how to hunt for the best crickets on the playground! Then we watched him eat…

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Click these links for video of our praying mantis eating a cricket and then cleaning his face like a cat!



Observing like scientists

We have been exploring how scientists learn. They use their five senses and we do too!

Yesterday we played a sound guessing game and used our sense of hearing to solve the mystery sounds.

Today, we learned how to use hand magnifiers, then used them to explore 22 different interesting science objects. It was fun and our scientists can’t wait to do it again!



Listening to Reading

IMG_5790 IMG_5789 IMG_5793 IMG_5791One thing we really enjoy is using our iPods for Listening to Reading. We have four folders of great stories on our iPod to listen to every day.

We have learned to wind up and store our ear buds properly to prevent tangles. We have learned how to listen safely, with the volume down. And we have learned how to place our hands on our throats when we’re singing along with our stories to check for vibrations. If our throat is vibrating, we might be disturbing our friends! It’s hard to tell when we’re wearing our ear buds!

Here are some of the 40 stories that we have on our iPods.

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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)