Missing Addends, Star of the Week, & Veterans Day

In order to build our fact power, students in the Patience Fruit Stand had to work to find the missing addend in addition sentences. This required lots of thinking as the firsties used strategies such as subtraction, counting on, and their fact power memory to play games, build towers, and solve story problems. This is a TRICKY, TRICKY skill, requiring a full understanding of how numbers work!20151110_114318 20151110_114334 20151111_115101 20151111_115854 20151111_115856 20151113_133809 20151113_133951 20151113_134003

We also spent time honoring our nation’s veterans and learning about the different branches of the military. Mrs. Ursua visited and shared with us all about her job while in the navy. We got to see photographs of what her job entails and even try on navy uniforms worn by her and Mr. Ursua!

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Another highlight of the week was celebrating our Star of the Week: Abigail! Each day Abigail shared something special with us, and at the end of the week received a book of letters the class wrote for her!

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November is here!

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In the Patience Fruit Stand, the firsties began working with our second quarter literature, Ox-Cart Man. We compared this text to several others about the seasons of farming and discovered that farmers have many changing responsibilities throughout each season, depending on what crops they produce. We started thinking about what it means to be a producer, consumer, buyer, and seller and connected these ideas to our own experiences through writing. We also compared the life of the Ox-cart family to our lives today and thought about ways in which it was very different and ways in which families are still the same!

In Bible, the firsties have been focused on learning about the 10 plagues of Egypt. We even turned water to blood! Well, not really; but we did observe how even one drop can quickly contaminate the whole supply!

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Frogs invaded our classroom (Y’all, I thought I took  picture – they turned out to be the cutest frogs ever! Some had mustaches. Stop by the room and check them out while they’re still up!).

The firsties suffered many bites from the biting insects and fleas! They were really sad about it, as you can see. Oh, the suffering.

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We were also attacked by (giant) flies, grossed out by the idea of dead/rotting livestock (much like our rotting pumpkin – its life cycle continues outside),20151106_113142

plagued by large, festering boils, bludgeoned by a hailstorm, surrounded by locusts, blinded by, well, blindness (we made glasses with solid, dark lenses – made it pretty hard to see!), yet protected from death by the blood we marked on our doors for Passover.

I’m looking forward to seeing what next week brings!

We’re “Batty” for First Grade!

One of the things the firsties learned about this week is BATS! We read several nonfiction books and articles about bats and watched a short video clip of the largest bat colony in the world to see how bats swoop and glide. We created bats and learned about all of their parts. Many firsties were surprised to learn that a bat’s wing is really like one large hand with thin skin stretched in between each finger! We learned all about what bats eat, and that although different bats have different diets, none of them like to drink human blood – a few firsties thought they did! Did you know that a bat can eat approximately 600 mosquitos in an hour? The firsties worked in groups to count out 600 mosquitos and serve them up on dinner plates. 🙂 We recorded our learning throughout the week on our bat chart, and used the information we collected to write about bats.

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Last quarter we learned about community helpers, and since October was also Fire Prevention month, we scheduled a visit to the fire station! We’re so blessed to have a station right across the street. 🙂 We got to tour the entire fire house, and learned so many things about these men and women who serve our community! Inside, we got to see their office, kitchen, weight room, lockers, and bedrooms. Did you know that they sleep and eat in the fire house? Did you know that all the food and other staples they buy to share at work is purchased out-of-pocket? We learned what to do in a fire, not to be scared of the uniform in case of an emergency, and that we should all know our own home address so that emergency responders know where to go! Finally, everyone got to hear the siren and sit behind the wheel of the truck and pretend to drive. Our visit was SO much fun!

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On Friday, we practiced following a recipe and writing instructions for others to follow. We made “Franken-snacks” out of rice krispie treats, icing, and sprinkles, and then wrote about the process. Check out our delicious learning!

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