Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Froggie Facts

Is it already May?  The kids and I have been so busy that time is flying by.  The big news in our classroom right now is that we have a frog!  We received 5 Bullfrog tadpoles the week after Spring Break and now we are down to 3 tadpoles and 1 frog.  The kids have been feeding the frog crickets and observing him.  He loves to sit on the rock in our tank.  Two of the tadpoles have back legs and we are waiting for their front legs to grow.  Hopefully they will soon, so our lone frog can have some buddies.  Here is a picture that shows the life cycle that the students got to observe (tadpole, froglet, frog).

We also did a ton of writing about our tadpoles and frog.  Here is some of our writing.  I'm so proud of all of the writers that we have this year.  They are fantastic writers!

Lastly, we do have two new class pets.  Can you see them in this
picture?  We have two dwarf frogs, which are a species of aquatic frogs.  They live only in the water.  The kids and I also did some research on the African Frog, which is also an aquatic frog.

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into our classroom.  The kids are really enjoying our research and learning about different life cycles.  This week we are learning about insect life cycles.  I will post more about this later this week.  Thanks for reading our blog.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tadpoles and Froglets and Frogs ... OH MY!

We are busy busy First Graders recently.  We just started learning about frogs and boy do the kids love them!  We just recently started using popplet and our class created this wonderful popplet on the frog life cycle.  The kids LOVED using the drawing feature and drew each of the steps on the life cycle.  We made this poplet as a whole class, so each of the kids took turns drawing and typing in the words to explain the life cycle.  Here is what the class created.

If you want your child to create popplets at home you can go to the web based version at or you can download the app on your iPhone, iPad, or android phone.  It allows you to create a free account and create up to five popplets.  If your child creates a popplet at home make sure to share it with me.  I would love to see what they create at home.

I have been not so great at updating my blog this year.  I will work super hard to get it updated every 2 weeks.  Thanks for reading our blog!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Welcome to a Brand New Year

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Welcome to a brand new year in First Grade!  I can't believe it's already the fourth week of school.  We have been so busy learning such new and exciting things.

Here are a few things we have been learning about....

We have been working in our Guided Reading groups. We learned how to use the first letter in a word to help us predict a word that we don't know.  We also check the picture to make sure that the word we predicted makes sense.

We also started an author study on Mo Williems.  His pigeon books are so funny.   We compared the books and made text to text connections.

We are writing just like authors!  We started working in our Writer's Workshop and learning strategies to use to help our writing.  We practiced writing a response after we listen to a story.  Our favorite story was No David! and we loved writing just like David Shannon.  We also created a word wall to keep in our desk to help us spell sight words.

Math is so much fun!  We have been working on the numbers 1-20 and also working on writing these numbers.  We also have been describing sets of objects by saying which number is one more and one less then the set.  We have been enjoying learning new math workstations to practice our number combinations.

We just started our Solids and Liquids unit of study.  This past week, we worked with Solids and learned about the different properties that describe Solids.


We described Solids as being....
  • hard
  • soft
  • smooth
  • rough
  • flexible
  • rigid                                                                      
We even wrote a book about Solids using these properties.

Social Studies
In Social Studies, we have been learning about school authority figures and good citizens.  We have been reading books and then discussing what qualities make up a good citizen.

Wow!  We sure have been busy.  We can't wait to share some pictures of what we have been doing in First Grade!  Make sure to check back soon.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Texas Rio Star Grapefruit

A few weeks ago the kids and I entered the Texas Rio Star Grapefruit Contest.  This worked perfectly because we have been learning about Texas symbols and the Rio Star Grapefruit is the State Fruit of Texas.

Today I got this in the mail.  I taped it to the door, so that the kids can see it first thing when they walk into the classroom tomorrow.  They have been asking me for weeks if they had won :).

I put the squeeters (or juicers) on their desk along with a bookmark and tattoo.  I will be sending home the directions on how to use the squeeter.  I hope you and your kids get to use them at home.  I know they will be super excited tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Synonyms and Antonyms

Last week, the kids and I learned about synonyms and antonyms during our writing lessons.  We are trying to use them to help our writing.  The kids really enjoyed making these antonym books.  First, we made a list of different antonyms.  Dead and alive was their favorite for some reason.  Then we drafted our sentences, edited them, and then completed our books.  We even added a table of contents and bold important words to help us review our nonfiction conventions.

The kids writing is improving so much.  I'm so proud of all of their hard work!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Contraction Caterpillars

We have been busily working on contractions over the last few weeks.  The kids have been noticing that we find a lot of contractions in the books that we read.

Here are some of the contractions caterpillars that the kids made to help us remember our contractions.


The kids picked three contractions and wrote them on their circles.  Then they thought of the two words that make up the contraction and wrote the two words on the caterpillar's legs.

The kids really enjoyed making their consonant caterpillars.  We are hanging them in our classroom to help us remember the contractions as we continue to read our favorite books.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Shelf Elf ...Days 2 and 3

The kids have really been enjoying Lou the Shelf Elf.  He has turned out to be very good at hiding!  On day two it took us quite a while to find him.

See if you can find Lou in the picture.

It was super hard to find him but we finally did.  He was hanging on to the top of our activboard.  Here he is.

On day three it was a little easier to find him.  Actually, the kids found him right away.  Here he is hanging on to the American Flag.

Lou has caused so much excitement that the kids have decided to write him letters to thank him for visiting our classroom.  They are also writing to tell Lou what they would like for Christmas.  Lou travels back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa all about our wonderful class!

We have been working so hard on our handwriting.  The kids are definitely improving!!  Thank you Lou for visiting our classroom.  We can't wait to see where you hide next.