Monday, December 9, 2013

This Week in First Grade (12-2-13)

What happened at school this week?
Miss Kloczko was out of the classroom in GLAD training Tuesday-Thursday, with 25 other teachers (yes, 25!) watching two experts teach Mrs. Luhrsen's first grade class, and she learned a ton! Due to the fact that Miss Kloczko didn't get to teach this week, this post will be a short one...

Here are a few things we learned this week:

  • Telling time to the half hour
  • Making tens to make counting big groups of objects easier.
    • For example, if you have ALL of these hedgehogs, you can make groups of 10 to help you count them. Because there are so many, it's easy to make a mistake if you simply count, even if you use one of the strategies we learned earlier in the year (such as crossing out each hedgehog as you go).
Some things we wrote about this week:
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • hedgehogs
  • google accounts
  • the woodland habitat in Europe and what we have learned so far
  • our favorite Disney characters
A is for America
We added two new pages to our A is for America books about important American symbols: G is for Gold, and I is for Immigrant.

Science/Social Studies
  • We learned about what an immigrant is and that over the years, many people have immigrated to America from many different places. Many of our ancestors came from Europe long ago, and many of our ancestors came from other places more recently. Maybe you can talk with your child about how your family ended up in America!
  • We also learned a new chant about the Statue of Liberty!
  • JUST FOR FUN... Ask your child to give you the definitions of a few of our signal words!
    • woodland
    • carnivore
    • operation (a math signal word!)
    • immigrant


  1. My favorite activity this week was writing to Dash from The Incredibles. - Colin Fong

    1. Colin,
      I'm so glad you liked writing to Dash last week! I wonder if any other first graders chose to write to Dash...