Library Day by Katherine

April 1, 2014  Tagged ,

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Today was library day. I checked out a book called Elmer Takes Off. It’s all about an elephant named Elmer.

It’s a very windy day, and Elmer went outside, opened his ears and flew. It was really cool. I might want to check it out again.

Pete the Cat by Jocelyn

March 31, 2014  Tagged

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I like Pete the Cat. I like the books of Pete the Cat.

I have a Pete the Cat book at home. Pete the Cat books are fun.

Mrs. Wojtera loves Pete the Cat books so much. The whole class loves Pete, too!

 

St. Patrick’s Day by Andrew

March 28, 2014  Tagged

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. You have to wear green on your shirt.

You can try to find a pot of gold.

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday. You have to try to find a four leaf clover.

If you find a four leaf clover, it means good luck!

Sailing by Ella

March 27, 2014  Tagged

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How would you feel if you went on a sail boat? It would be fun to me.

I would catch fish and it would be really fun.

I could go swimming in the ocean and we could take the fish home and eat them.

The next day I would go play on the beach.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk by Colt

March 26, 2014  Tagged ,

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There was a boy named Jack. He lived in a cottage with his mother.

Jack’s mother needed money. Jack’s mother sold their cow.

Jack’s mother said make a good price. An old man stopped him and said

I will take your cow.

 

A New Car by Koreyon

March 25, 2014

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My mom got a new car yesterday or Wednesday.

It is white and the door can open by itself without pulling it.

It has two tv’s in it and it has music in the back and it has heat too.

My Little Sister by Zyan

March 24, 2014  Tagged ,

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My little sister had a good birthday. She is six years old.

She knows how to spell and read first grade words.

Blue Jays by Sam

March 21, 2014  Tagged

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I like blue jays because they sing beautiful. They are birds. They are blue. Their chest is white and a black beak and black spots on their back. Blue jays have cool feathers. Girl blue jays have eggs. The blue jays are one of the medium birds. I like birds. I like every part of every bird.

 

Stop the Clock!

March 13, 2014  Tagged ,

Here is a game to practice matching analog and digital clocks.

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Diaper Derby

February 28, 2014  Tagged ,

Practice addition with this class favorite from Fun4theBrain!

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Snowy Adventure

February 21, 2014  Tagged ,

Have you had enough snow? Well, it’s not spring just yet! Practice your subtraction facts with this snowy game.

Choose all numbers for fact practice.

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Thanks Fun4theBrain!

Wheel Bug Excitement

January 30, 2014  Tagged

Remember our wheel bug that laid eggs in our critter cage?

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Well, we came back to school one day to see this:

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These wheel bug babies were small enough to fit right through the critter cage, so I had them climb on a pencil and shook them down into a different container. I am sure that none escaped.

Wheel bugs were not made to winter over, so we knew there was nothing for these babies to feed upon. They all died over the weekend, but we did enjoy observing their life cycle and learning so much about this interesting insect.

Officer Frost comes to visit

January 2, 2014

Ms. Johnston finished her teaching unit about communities in Virginia and the contributions of our local governments and volunteers. As a culminating activity, she had the students prepare questions to interview our very special visitor, Officer Frost.

He is a part of our local government, as he is a police officer. He also volunteers his time in our school and in our community. He is also the dad of one of our students!

We enjoyed our visit with him and he gave the students nice gift bags from the police department. Thank you, Officer Frost!

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Pete the Cat Pumpkin won the popular vote!

November 15, 2013  Tagged

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Our school had a pumpkin decorating contest. Our class voted to decorate the pumpkin as Pete the Cat. I really wanted Fly Guy, but maybe next year.

It was a good thing we listened to the popular vote in the classroom, because Pete the Cat won this year. I think it was the beautiful painting that Glenn and Katherine did on the body of our pumpkin!

Wheel Bug – up close

November 13, 2013  Tagged ,

The wheel bug has armor that is shaped like a wheel or cog. It also has a long tube from its mouth called a beak. It uses its beak to feed on other insects. The wheel bug overwinters as eggs. What should we do with ours?

Here are some photos taken from our digital microscope from this interesting insect.

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We couldn’t fit the lid of our cage under the microscope to view the eggs, so I had to hold the microscope VERY STILL with my hands. Luckily, Zyan was able to snap the photos from the smartboard right when I got it into focus. We are problem-solvers in first grade, for sure!

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Our Wheel Bug

November 10, 2013  Tagged

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photo permission by  C. Colby

We recently found a wheel bug and got a chance to learn about and observe this interesting insect. A friend and parent of a former student also spotted one the same day. Her photo was great and she shared it with me. Thanks, Mrs. Colby!

Wheel bugs are one of the largest true bugs in North America, growing up to 1.5 inches long. They are helpful insects, but have a painful bite, so do not handle these insects!

They have a ‘beak’ which they insert into soft-bodied prey and insert a paralyzing and dissolving liquid. Then they drink up all the insides of their prey. Yikes! I’m glad I taped down our critter cage lid with clear packing tape!

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We found out that their life-cycle is short. They hatch in April or May and molt 5 times before the summer. In autumn, the wheel bug lays 40-200 eggs. The second day we observed our wheel bug, we found the eggs she had laid. How exciting! Once the wheel bug lays her eggs, she dies. We watched this sad process all day, but understood that it was part of the cycle of this bug’s life.

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I will post more about this bug when we looked at her body and eggs under the digital microscope.

 

Pumpkin Patch Subtraction

October 19, 2013  Tagged , ,

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Let’s practice subtraction with a pumpkin patch game!

 

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Follow these three steps to plant, care for, and harvest your pumpkin.

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Choose your level here. Click on pumpkin 1 for subtracting one – a good start to a mental math workout!

Thanks Fun4theBrain!

Pumpkin Patch trip

October 12, 2013  Tagged , ,

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We had such a great time at the Pumpkin Patch this week. We studied all about the parts of the pumpkin, the pumpkin life cycle, and then experienced it all out on the farm. We took many pictures and videos – all posted on our web page. See below for links and enjoy!

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Moby’s Match

October 5, 2013  Tagged

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Practice your U.S. Symbols with Moby’s Match!

A Fly in my Eye by Sofia and her friends

October 2, 2013  Tagged , ,

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Today at recess a gnat got in Sofia’s eye. She went to the nurse and the nurse said to keep rubbing it. It worked! The gnat came out later.

 

 

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We decided to look through the microscope to see Sofia’s gnat. We could see the compound eyes, the wings, the back and the whole body.

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We liked looking through the microscope. Sofia did not like getting a gnat in her eye.