Friday, October 26, 2012

Read the Room Fun

We have been having lots of fun reading the room to practice the phonics skills we have learned.  Over the First Grade Rainbow has a fun R blends unit that has a really fun activity where the kids get to use a pretend camera to go around and "take pictures" of R blends.  Check out her unit on TPT.

I put the big pictures up all around the room and then there are little pictures cut up in the cup.  After the kids "took a picture" with their camera, they read the word and took a little picture to put in their camera.

The camera is a piece of copy paper folded and glued into a pocket to hold the little pictures.
Then they go back to their desk, empty out the camera and glue each little picture into the "photo album" and write the r blend under it.

Here is a view of our Red Ribbon Week door.  "Don't let drugs sneak up on you!"

We wrote about our monsters as if they were our pets for some fantasy fiction writing practice.
The next fun October activity was an Addition Scoot.  I can't remember where I got this from and I apologize if it was from your blog.  On each desk is a numbered card with an addition problem on it.   The kids visit each desk, record the addition problem in the numbered box and answer it.   They loved it.



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Johnson's Corner Farm

The trip to Johnson's Corner Farm was wonderful.  The weather was warm and the kids had a great time.  We started the adventure in the pumpkin patch searching for the perfect mini pumpkin to take home.  

Then it was off to the apple trees.  It was cool to see the kids' reactions to the height of the trees.  They always illustrate such big trees when they work, but these trees were not so tall. 

We each got to pick 4 apples.  Lots of nice yellow apples to choose from. 

HMMMMMM...... which one should I pick?

Julianna found a good one!

Thank you Johnson's Corner Farm for a fun learning experience.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Apples, Apples Everywhere

This year we are going to Johnson's Corner Farm for our class trip instead of the Philadelphia Zoo.  To get ready for our trip we have been exploring all things apples in science.  We will continue with plant life upon our return from the farm. 

To kick off the learning, my family came in to help out.  My 14 year old, Madeline, taught a sink and float lesson with the apples.  We made a hypothesis and all.  Apples are buoyant, they float.  All our little scientists sat very attentively with their clipboards and recorded the results of the experiment.
After that science lesson, we moved on to the taste test.  We tasted red, green and yellow apples.  Thanks to Mr. Cialini for cutting them all and passing them out to us.

There were plenty of apple slices to taste again an again so we were sure which one we liked best. 
Then we graphed our results with the help of my youngest, Mya, who gave out the markers.

                       We liked yellow apples the most.

On another day we made apple art projects and added labels after reading Gail Gibbons book, Apples.  We also read information about apples and decided if the sentence was FACT or OPINION.
We are certainly ready for our trip to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch tomorrow!  Hope it doesn't rain!