Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Step 1 - Word Problems

We are working our way through solving word problems. Yesterday we learned how to turn the Question into a statement where ___ (umm) is the number that we don't know. Here is a quick little explanation to help parents at home. A good way to help kids practice at home...Ask them questions where they don't know the answer (like the hair on Addie's head in the video), and have them answer with a statement where ___ (umm) represents the number we don't know.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Author's Chair

Did you know that we write everyday in 1st Grade! The Author's chair is a great place to develop confidence, while friends complement and critique our work. Check out Lydia in the author's chair. She is sharing her topic book about Soccer. Be sure to ask your student what they are writing about (it should be something they know a lot about!).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Matter in Motion

We need to move and it all MATTERs! Today we learned about how matter can change from one state to another. We know that heat or cold (less heat) has to be added to make matter change between states (not States like Texas - but kinds!) Check out these examples!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Think Forward Thursday!

Thanks for doing a great job while I was at a meeting. I am back tomorrow, so enjoy the videos I made. I have a big treat for you that we will talk about tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - minus Mrs. J

Here are the lessons for today! I miss these kiddos, but know they are working hard.

Monday, October 2, 2017

busy day ...Tuesday!

I am out for a few days to attend a district meeting involving the redesign team for HCE. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to help build a new future for Hunters Creek and all our kids. While I am gone, Mrs. Grey will be here. I filmed a lot of the lessons for the day so that I could stay involved in the week! This will give parents a little understanding of what we are doing in class!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Two Heads are Better Than One!

Today we started using our writing buddy to share our planning before writing. Students did a great job independently working with a buddy to plan their writing. The author told their story using the sketch, while the buddy listened, commented, and asked questions that didn't make sense.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Matter really does MATTER!

Today we learned that matter is anything that takes up space! Look at some of these great products that they created to show what they know!

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'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!

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