Saturday, February 26, 2011

All About Teeth

This past week we learned all about how to take care of our teeth.  We even did an “Eggs-citing” experiment with an egg and vinegar.  We soaked an egg in vinegar overnight to see what happens to the enamel on our teeth when we don’t take care of it.  Hopefully your 1st grader told you all about what happened to the egg.


We did LOTS and LOTS of writing this week, too!!! 

Here’s a peek at cute little book we made about brushing our teeth.  Everyone did a great job sequencing the pictures and writing complete sentences. 


Several of the writing activities we did throughout the week went along with some popular {dental themed} children’s literature.  This was one of our favorite and funniest stories!!!  It was by one of my favorite authors . . . Robert Munsch.  In the story Andrew has a loose tooth.  Both of his parents, the dentist, and even a motorcycle-riding Tooth Fairy try to help him get rid of his loose born tooth, but his tooth just won’t come out.   When there seems to be no solution, some pepper takes care of the problem by causing a big sneeze.  After we read the story everyone had to recall four characters and what they did to help Andrew with his loose tooth.  DSCN4239DSCN4242

Our best writing of the week {and maybe the entire year} involved retelling the story of Arthur’s Loose Tooth.  They turned out so great I had to hang them up in the hallway.  DSCN4244 DSCN4246DSCN4248DSCN4254


I’ve got LOTS more to post . . . but I keep getting an error message from Live Writer. 

Check back tomorrow for more pictures from our week of dental themed fun!!!      

Saturday, February 19, 2011

President’s Day

Since President’s Day is right around the corner we spent the week learning about some of the symbols of our nation and a few of our great leaders.  We began with George Washington . . .George WashingtonDSCN4161DSCN4127 

We also leaned a few things about Abraham Lincoln.Abraham Lincoln

One of our favorite books  of the week was Abe Lincoln’s Hat.  It was all about how Abraham Lincoln kept important papers in his hat so he wouldn’t lose them.  We even got our own copy of an important speech that President Lincoln gave {The Gettysburg Address} and put it in a special pocket on the back of his hat.DSCN4142 DSCN4143DSCN4166 DSCN4162 DSCN4163  

We talked a lot this week about the qualities a good leader must possess.  Honesty seemed to be the one we focused on the most.  To go along with this theme we read a very funny story about the importance on honesty and did a little writing of our own about being honest.Liar, Liar     DSCN4171 DSCN4172 DSCN4173DSCN4175

Here’s a peek at all the fun {President’s Day} themed activities we did at centers.

We put some famous president’s in ABC order using their last names. DSCN4135DSCN4125

We unscrambled sentences about some famous leaders and American symbols.DSCN4159

We created “Presidential Patterns” using coins and then recorded how much money was in each pattern.  Counting sets with nickels and dimes was a challenge.DSCN4139

In math we’ve been learning how to figure out what number is one more, one less, ten more and ten less using a hundreds board and what we know about tens and ones.

After doing this center we are ALL STARS at filling it pieces of a hundreds board.DSCN4132DSCN4137     

We covered a log cabin with pattern blocks.DSCN4133   

We also had fun playing on our mini-laptops.  One of our favorite websites is {}.  We can play lots of fun games here that review many of our 1st grade skills.DSCN4138

Thursday, February 10, 2011

100th Day of School

Sorry about the delay in getting these pictures posted . . . I finally got a chance to sit down tonight and play catch up.  Last Monday we celebrated the 100th day of school.  We’ve been counting up to this day all year and we were all excited when it finally arrived!!!100th Day SignAll day we worked hard on activities that centered around the number 100. 

We began by making these cute 100th Day of School glasses.DSCN3963

Then we read a story called The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza.  In this story a wolf tries to fatten up a chicken for his stew by feeding him 100 scrumptious snacks each day.  After the story we wrote about some other things we thought the wolf could have fed the chicken.   We also made our own 100th Day stew.  While we were enjoying our 100th day snack mix we colored a worksheet with 100 shapes on it and then counted how many of each shape there was.   We made sure that our numbers equaled 100 when we added them. DSCN3957 DSCN3959 DSCN3960DSCN3961

We also read The 100th Day and made a book of our own about the number 100.  We wrote sentences about 100 things we thought we could lift, 100 things we would like to eat, 100 things we would not like to eat, what we would do with $100, what we wished we could have 100 of and what we would never want to have 100 of.  The kids really had fun finishing these writing prompts!!!DSCN3964

After lunch we got to flip a coin 100 times and record if we got heads or tails.  Then we color coded each turn and recorded how many heads and tails we got all together.  Then we learned how to use the calculator to add our numbers together to make sure they equaled 100.  We also got to do the same thing with a dice.



Our big writing project for the day centered around the book called I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words.  After we read the book we made our very own book filled with 100 words that we can read and sound spell.

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