This week, first graders explored math manipulatives like Geoboards, Place Value Blocks, and Pattern Blocks. There were many impressive creations! They made structures, created designs, and constructed shapes while discovering how shapes are alike and different. First graders examined how to make triangles, rectangles, and squares. We connected this to our unit about counting by asking questions like, “How many ones cubes could you use to make a triangle?” and “What designs can you make with ten different pattern blocks?” Children used their knowledge of math to analyze how the materials were helpful for things like counting and looking at shapes, while also familiarizing themselves with math tools available in the classroom.
The first graders learned two new games in math to help them begin using the number line as a counting and comparing tool. In the game, The Bunny Hop, the children learned to move forward and backward on the number line. They also worked with a number line while playing Monster Squeeze. This game challenged the students to define a range of numbers, while guessing their partner’s secret number. Finally, the children learned to play Top It, a game requiring the comparison of two numbers. Excitement prevailed in the room as the children were totally engaged in these activities.
We also want to thank all those who returned the decorated writing folders! These are a big help during writing workshop!
The first grade students were given a behind the scenes look into our school kitchen. While there, Chef Kyle introduced the children to the kitchen workers and discussed the jobs necessary to provide lunch for the school children. After the kitchen field trip, Chef Kyle joined the entire class to discuss the importance of having a colorful selection of foods on your lunch tray or in your lunch box. He discussed how the rainbow can help remind us to eat a wide variety of colorful, nutritious foods. The children brainstormed a list for each color. Each class followed up by drawing a picture and writing about one specific topic of the activity. Their work is displayed in the first grade hallway.