There is also an online version that you can play.
Stick with us this year to watch us grow and see us learn!
Monster Squeeze is an Everyday Math game that requires students to use a number line. One student picks a mystery number and then the students try to guess the number. The game is essentially a "Greater, less than" game. The monsters squeeze together as our guessing gets closer. My class did a great job!
There is also an online version that you can play.
This class is full of rock stars! Every year we practice how to do "school things" like walking in the halls, sitting on the carpet, and getting into line. These students did so well. They obviously remember how to be students from kindergarten.
We took some pictures of ourselves practicing so that we could actually SEE our whole class and notice the things we did well. We also took a few pictures of "sloppy" lines and carpet sitting so we could talk about which class we want to be... sloppy or awesome!
My vote is in, and these kids are awesome! Thanks for sharing them with us. It's going to be a great year!
Attached below is an article that discusses doing math at home with your child. I read it and thought it was a really great resource. I hope you think so too!
Thank you to everyone who made it to Meet Your Teacher Night last night! It was wonderful meeting those of you who I hadn't met before, and it was great seeing so many friendly, familiar faces.
I am thrilled to start the school year and to have your students in my class! We are going to have a great year and learn a lot.
Education is such a huge partnership between the families and the school. Please know that I want your input, questions, and collaboration. You know your children the best, and I can learn so much from you!
Always feel free to reach out! My contact information is below.
We often talk about the difference between wants and needs. We are pretty good at identifying them but we don't always focus on our needs and how we get them.
We did an optional project this week during recess. For this project we discussed our different needs and how we get them. We also talked about how many people don't have all of their needs. When that happens, it is a problem!
My students are caring, thoughtful individuals, and through our conversation, they identified that many of them have seen people who don't have all of their needs. This turned our conversation into: what are our needs and how can WE help people who do not have all of their needs met.
Our answer: care packages for people without homes.
This is what we came up with.
. Need How
Food Granola Bars and Water
Family/Love Cards and Well-wishes
Health Bandaids, Tissues
Cleanliness Soap, Hand Sanitizer
Shelter List of Resources offered in Columbia
I'm so proud of the love and kindness my students show to each other and to people they will never even meet. They are never lacking a kind word or a thoughtful gesture!
We just finished a big writing project so to take a break, we are learning about parts of speech. Our first graders learned about adjectives, nouns, verbs, and prepositional phrases (minimally).
They made silly, longer, more descriptive sentences, and they did a great job!
I was (selfishly) so excited to have some surprise guests stop by on Tuesday afternoon. My good friends from Norway, Anna and Grethe, were in the States and chose to spend a part of their visit at TMP.
It was such a fun treat to learn from people who live in a place so far away from us. The kids quickly located Norway on their beloved globe. I quickly scrounged up some photos that I took when I visited Anna and Grethe, and we discussed rural and urban communities.
The kids impressed our visitors with their knowledge of types of communities. They explained how they knew our guests lived in an urban area due to the narrow roads, lack of yards, vertical living space, and public transportation. They also identified that Anna and Grethe's "summer home" was in a rural area.
I am very biased because two of my favorite people got to meet my favorite students, but I thought it was such an authentic discussion of what we've been learning in social studies!
P.S. Thanks to Anna and Grethe for our new class pet moose (king of the forest as it's known in Norway) and the delicious Norwegian candy!
This week and last week we are in the middle of a geometry unit. We've labeled and listed characteristics of plane shapes and solid figures. The kids did a great job learning terms like sides and corners for plane shapes, and faces, edges, and vertices for solid figures.
They used tangrams to make pictures using shapes. They also learned the names of the shapes and figures: circle, square, rectangle, rectangular prism, sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone.
The past few weeks we have been learning about different communities. We've discussed the differences between rural, suburban, and urban communities. As we learned about each one, we put that information into a web.
At the end of our unit, we did a really cool craft project that allowed us to make 3-D replicas of each type of community.
We are just beginning a new writing unit. In this unit, we will be writing opinion essays. Having an opinion is easy, but supporting that opinion is much more difficult. In our essays, we need at least three reasons to support our opinion.The students just completed their first opinion essay. When they were done, they went back and underlined each part of the essay to make sure they didn't forget anything. For just starting the unit, I was very impressed. I'm excited to see how we grow in the next few months!
Here is a key to understanding the parts of our essays:
Introduction = Green
Naming the Topic= Yellow
Stating our Opinion = Blue
Three Reasons + Three Details = Purple
Ending = Red
About Room 116
We are mathematicians, readers, writers, scientists, teammates, and first graders. We spend our days exploring, listening, and learning. We know that learning can feel uncomfortable sometimes, but as a team, we support each other and help each other reach our goals. Join us on our journey!