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 bead 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!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Creating is the Best Form of Understanding...

To go along with our learning about Ancient Egypt, we created plays based on a topic about Ancient Egypt. Students were put in groups of 3 and given a topic. They did a little research and then wrote a play about their topic. Today we made backdrops and costumes. It was great seeing the groups present their plays. I was so impressed with the information that each group "taught" in their play. Here are the first of them, more to come tomorrow.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


We have been working on researching an animal and then writing about what we learned. The final piece is to make a Digital Book. Here is one of the first ones done... Way to go Connally! This was created with the Book Creator App. Connally will now be a trainer to help others as they work to create their books. It is all about collaboration and team work!

Good Morning Mr. Turner!

Today we had a quest teacher for the day! Mr. Turner did an outstanding job teaching small groups, leading us to specials, monitoring during recess, filing papers, teaching a lesson about Mummies, was a great sport as we played game "wrap the mummy!" and so much more! Come back anytime!

Friday, May 12, 2017

We love MOM!

Today we spent community circle talking about why our mom is special...I thought you would love to see what they think! Andrew - "she makes the best cookies" Daniel- "We have birthdays close together" Claire - "She is a substitute" Connally - "She makes lots of cookies!" Chris - "she is a nurse" Max - "She loves to say "boot, scoot, and boogie" Elliott - "she has a big family that I get to go see" Maddie - "we cook together" Gianni - "the is soooo funny" Ella - "she helps at HCE" Olivia M - "I get to cook with her" Charlie - "she is always at the bus stop" Grant - "she makes the best brownies" Rathi - "she is different" Luke - "she doesn't watch TV" Reggie - "she is a weird dancer" Wilcox - "she makes the best green beans" Stella - "knows how to train wolfs" Olivia Z. - "My mom is funny Logan - "a great cook" Jordan - "she has a birthday and Mother's day close together so she gets 2 presents" Max P. - " she can cook with out looking at the paper" Kirby was not here today - but she probably would say her mom is doing a great job getting her to feel better Here is a little book that Connally wrote for her mom using Book Creator!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Here is a little poem to help us remember our coins and their value. Be sure to pay attention to their fingers... they tell us the value of the coins!

Friday, April 28, 2017

it's a BUGZ world

What an amazing job the kids did yesterday! These bugz are too cute to squish!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's All about the EARTH!

For months we watched the ground collapse. Today was the day that we dug up our pumpkin. Yesterday, we predicted what we would find, and then did the dirty work today! We were RIGHT! The pumpkin was absorbed into the dirt while the trash was still there. You should have heard the kids expression when the shovel hit my Diet Coke can... the crunch of all the aluminum and plastic under the dirt was like discovering a hidden treasure. Kids were able to apply what they learned with a great discussion about what we should do differently? We may be hunting a recycling bin soon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

JOBS popping up everywhere!

Today we used the Popplet app to show a little of the knowledge we have about jobs... Check out the team work and technology skills they learned while showing off what they know about which jobs produce a good or a service!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The TAX MAN comes...

When I was first putting the information on the board, I heard kids say that they were going to earn money based on what they had in their wallet. There was collective awww, when I explained that we all pay a certain amount based on what we have earned. To go with our economics lessons, today we talked about Taxes. Kids learned that they help pay for things in our community, and then the Tax Man (Woman) came to collect payment. The class was way more eager to pay up, than I was (or imagine you were!). Be sure to ask about how much they had to pay and what it will be used for...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

It all goes Round and Round...

Choice is the best learning tool there can be. Today I gave kids 1 task create something to show the Human life cycle that tells what happens at each stage! They could use ANYTHING in the class and had 45 minutes. They picked a partner (if they wanted one), and went to work! WOW! These are the days that I LOVE TO HAVE!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TOO pretty to not do Math!

I know why everyone wants to live in California...if I taught there, I would never have a kid inside. The last few days have made me get the kids moving and soaking up a little sunshine. We stated math time with a warm up outside. Adding and subtracting 10, adding and subtracting 1 is an important skill. Yesterday we pretended like we were on a 100's chart and physically made the jumps to connect mind to body! We finished up the math block with a little small group problem solving, by srawing a bar model to solve for the missing part. Check out these 2 hard workers!

Art on the MOVE!

Today was a special treat for the kids and myself. HCE was treated to see some of the Art Cars as their first stop on the parade. I loved to see the kids reaction the cars, and this was a great way to be exposed to some FUNKY art! The artist that designed the cars was driving or riding in the cars. Kids got to ask questions and look at the special art. One of the artist said "my car smells purple?" The kids were quick to know that meant grade!