Thursday, September 21, 2017

Magic Math

Did you know that Mrs. Johnson is magic... working with one group today I amazed them with the trick in the video by guessing the hidden card.  This was a great way to practice number combinations.  An extension of the activity was for the student to "uncover" the mystery!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Small Groups...it's where it's at!

We are making great progress in 1st grade. This week we started math tubs and one of the rotations is Teacher Table. At this time, I am able to reteach concepts, review concepts, and extend concepts! I love this time getting to work with small groups. It allows me to meet them where they are and push them further!

Monday, September 18, 2017

My 5 Senses

Last week we used our 5 senses to explore the world around us. We made scratch and sniff pictures of our hurricane time, went on a senses walk and completed a senses exploration! It was a busy time smelling, seeing, tasting (really only tasting at lunch because
of food allergies), hearing and touching!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Take 2!

what a great RE-Start to the year! We spent lots of time talking about what we saw, heard, and felt during the storm. We are using our experience to create a scratch and sniff art project to go along with our 5 senses study in Science. Be sure to check back for finished projects. Even though we are calling this Take 2 - First Day of School, I am happy to say there was very little that needed to happen to make the day great and smooth. The kids feel right back into the routines they learned 2 weeks ago. Needless to say it was great to be NORMAL and welcome them back to our classroom.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Once in the SHADOW of the moon...

WOW! What a great 1st day! I can't imagine a better thing to teach about on a 1st day than the rare Solar Eclipse that we got to watch on the live stream from Nasa. Today we had a real Solar Eclipse Party, we learned why is was special and then all created party hats to represent 1 of the 3 parts that made today special (Earth, Moon, and Sun). After making our hats, we acted it out by rotating and revolving and stopping in just the right order to make the Moon block the sun's light on the Earth! After acting it our, we had a viewing party and watched the Nasa Live feed from Missouri. We saw the city come out of complete darkness live! We talked about why we couldn't look at the light directly.
It was a great start to our Science unit on safety, we will continue to talk more about how scientist can be safe!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good night, sweet 1st Graders

Dear Sweet 1st Graders, I can't wait to start school tomorrow. I have my first day outfit ready to go and am going to get in bed for a good night's rest. Click on the video to have me read you a bed time story! See you in the morning! Love, Mrs. Johnson

Thursday, June 1, 2017

And That's a WRAP!

Wow, how did the year go so fast. I decided that this year we would make a memory video, instead of a memory book. I love to hear these little voices and see what made a difference to them! In the end, we all made goals for the next year. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! As I type this post, I reflect on the growth that every student has made. A few of my favorite memories... watching kids look at the anchor charts in our room and check their work, seeing each other help friends, loving that they loved to go to math tubs (and were disappointed when we ran out of time), seeing their writing grow, and the confidence they have to share their writing. That is just a few of the highlights of my year. I have said it before, but I honor the time that I have with each student. I want them to know the thrill of hard work, and that success can come after lots of mistakes. Because you shared them with me, I am a better person!