Thursday, March 30, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Today we put our knowledge of plants to use and planted a garden. It will take lots of little gardeners to make sure that we get a good crop of beans, spinach, and carrots. We love that we have a wagon! This will let us use our critical thinking skills to move it to the best spot every day! Check back to watch it grow!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Show me the MONEY!

Have you heard that we are working? Yes, all first graders are learning about money with a real life First Grade Economy. Every morning they get paid $1.00 to do their job. They have been able to earn a few bonus dollars for extra good jobs. On Friday, they will have to pay rent for their chair and desk... During the next 8 weeks, they will have the opportunity to spend on their needs and wants. We will donate to charities, pay the Tax Man in a few weeks, and even learn about renting and collateral! This is one of my favorite things to teach because it is integrated into the entire day! Today we opened The BANK of JOHNSON. Kids used their math skills to skip count and make exchanges! Olivia M. said... "MY dad said I could put $1.00 in the bank and wait it will turn into $50.00, I want to do that!" Maybe we need a little lesson on interest!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Once Upon A Time

There were some very creative and smart first graders who were learning about fairy tales. They even created their own fairy tale and made them into puppet shows!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

They did it... TEXAS CAME TO LIFE!

Yesterday was a wonderful celebration of all things Texas, and even more a celebration of learning that was authentic and across all of the curriculum! We had a little technical difficulty with the video and are working to see if we can piece some footage together. Here are a few of the pictures of the day!

Friday, March 3, 2017

the BIG art day!

We are learning about Texas across the curriculum and today was no different. To celebrate the big art day, we made a Texas Mosaic. Every student had a tile to draw from the picture on the board. After working with the color and placement of the lines, we put the tiles together to create the Alamo! Not too bad, if I say so myself.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


We are working on building our number sense by finding a missing part, and using good model drawing to see the problems. Today we paired that with a new app - Show Everything! This was a great way to build on what we know, but use our academic language to think through the process. This is just the start with more to come. We will be using this same process on our next Where is the Math boards, be sure to check them out on your next trip to school.