All first grade students joined together to recognize the 100th Day of School! Each classroom had two activities set up for the children. The classes rotated between classrooms for a 15 minute experience led by a first grade teacher. The activities included hats with 100 stamps, flip a coin 100 x and track heads vs tails, 100 piece puzzles, roll to 100 with a dice, running for 100 seconds, and figuring out if your name was equal to 100 (each letter of the alphabet was given a numerical value). It was a very exciting morning for all the children! The celebration was complete with a 1-0-0 cake provided by Dianne Sheridan!
The current math unit is devoted to extending children's understanding of, and proficiency with place value. Children have been busy investigating 2-digit numbers and solving a variety of number stories. The students are also exploring a tool called base-10 blocks, a set of blocks used to represent ones, tens, and hundreds in the base-10 place value system. One way to practice counting with base-10 blocks is to build a structure and then determine the value, counting the 10 rods first and then adding on the 1's.
Mrs. Noble, 2nd grade teacher and the Primary School’s Educational Technology Coordinator, visited each of the first grade classrooms this week to introduce a tool on the iPads called ShadowPuppet. This app is an open-ended content creation tool and a perfect educational tool for extending the non-fiction learning the students are working on. Shadow Puppet allows students to create screencasts that demonstrate their thinking. Using their own voice for narration, adding photos and adding their own text or illustrations, students have a finished digital product of their non-fiction work. The finished screencasts give children a vehicle to quickly show off their understanding of the non-fiction content they have learned and provides a record of their progress. With the current unit on nonfiction, the children are invited to create a ShadowPuppet presentation on a topic of their choice.
Children are full of curiosity and in first grade the students are taking a close look at books that can teach them about the world. The children are discussing ways that nonfiction readers become super smart about topics from their books. Other areas that will be emphasized in this unit are working on fluency, predicting, rereading for comprehension, and tackling super hard words.