Sunday, April 28, 2013


We have been learning all about plants in Science (and in Reading Group).  We had a lot of fun learning about the parts of a plant and each part's job.  Ask your first grader why a fruit is a suitcase for a seed!  We also learned the things that all plants need to survive.
Last week we did lots of activities with plants and then we PLANTED lima beans and corn.  (I checked on them today and you are going to be very excited on Monday!)  We sorted seeds and graphed our results.  We even opened seeds.  Did you know that you can see the parts of a plant INSIDE a seed?  Thanks to our FUN investigation on Friday, first graders got to see it!  We were great scientists using our observation skills with our hand lenses.  We also watched how a stem does it's job during a celery investigation.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.  I will take some more and post soon!

Don't forget to dress for our field trip on Tuesday.  We will be outside all morning!

By the way....Scruffy grew A LOT over the weekend!!!
Miss Gilbert

Friday, April 26, 2013

We Have a New Classmate........

Meet Scruffy the Caterpillar!
Scruffy will be part of our class for about a week.  He is busy eating so he can build his chrysalis.   We will be watching him grow each day.  When he is finished eating and building his chrysalis, we will take him to the library where he will turn into a beautiful butterfly.

We had fun naming him and are enjoying learning all about Painted Lady Butterflies!

Miss Gilbert

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jack Hartman Fun

We survived the week after Spring Break!  Wow, we were all tired on Monday.  Not to worry, we were all back to our energetic selves by the end of the week!

In Reading Group we started our nonfiction unit on FROGS!  We are learning so much and having so much fun!  Our reports are going to be awesome!

Here are some pictures from a few of our Reading Centers this week. These are 1st and 2nd grade centers.

Word Work:
1st Graders read Froggy's First Sleepover and completed Thinking Maps about the characters.

2nd Graders did the Bunny Hop Syllable Sort 

1st Graders had a Following Written Directions activity.  They created a cloud and kite.  (We read The Kite the week before!)
2nd Graders did a Cause and Effect sort.  

Jack Hartman Concert!!  
The kids (and teachers) had so much fun!  Here are a few pictures and a few videos.  (If the videos do not play, leave a comment and I will try to fix it.  They were being temperamental when I was loading them!)

Have a great weekend.

Miss Gilbert