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Don't you want to be in first grade at recess in the snow? It was so much fun to have school last Friday. Please remember to pack your child's winter gear if it snows again. We usually go outside everyday. With the first day of spring around the corner I am ready to be done with all the gear. If you are missing anything, please check in the lost and found outside the gym or near the stairs below the office.
We have been enjoying the math games on starfall.com and ABCya.com this month. Students have been working on symmetry, doubles, fractions, and reviewing addition and subtraction facts.
A shape is symmetrical when it shows EXACTLy the same thing, but flipped on each side. If you fold it, the edges of one side perfectly match the other side. A line of symmetry is where you can fold it and make the edges match up.
This month we have been studying liquids and solids in science! It has been so much fun. We began the unit exploring the properties of water. We talked about using "science tools" in our classroom and how to keep our classroom safe during a messy exploration. The students worked together to develop a list of rules to use in our classroom.
1. Have fun, 2. Work together to clean up spills with paper towels, 3. Share materials, 4. Keep the liquids over the buckets, 5. Push up your sleeves, 6. Do not drink the liquids
Together students developed a list of liquids they knew:
sprite, water, hand sanitizer, water, oil, lemonade, soy sauce, vinegar, juice, milk, coffee, dishwashing liquid, medicine syrup, blood, coca-cola, milk, powerade, chemicals, hot chocolate, fruit punch.
During another lesson, students made a concept map of different properties of liquids:
Leak, wet, clear, color, air can move it, tastes good or bad, splashes, drips, moves around, moves fast or slow, feels smooth, hard to hold, some you can drink and some you can not drink, bubbles, liquids have to be in a container, can smell good or bad, it is all around us, move fast when they spill, some are safe and some are not safe. Students had an easy time identifying their favorite liquid during a game called, "A warm wind blows."
Students have been working with their science teams to explore the different properties of oil, water, and corn syrup. They have been able to identify and describe the similarities and differences between these liquids. We had a lot of fun exploring mystery liquids. Each student got a different container with a different liquid inside. Students were ready to blurt out their claim about what liquid it was right away. Some were easier to identify than others. Students used their background knowledge to identify what they knew about the liquids: color, thickness, how it moved, if you could create bubbles when you shook it, etc. The science teams worked together to describe the liquid's properties. Students wrote their evidence in their notebooks and identified the properties and characteristics. Some even make a claim based on their evidence. Next week we will use our data to further explore these liquids and try to make a claim about each liquid. Then we will investigate what each liquid was.
Thank you to all the families who helped us during our Lunar New Year celebration!
During our celebration first graders:
-Made Kimbop with Grace's parents
-Dale's mom showed the kids how to use Chinese paintbrushes and ink to do Chinese Calligraphy
-Sungmin and Sunyun's moms helped teach students to make delicious dumplings
-Ananda's dad and Matthew's dad helped the kids make dragon puppets and lanterns
-Ate mini marshmallows using chopsticks
-Played Chinese and Korean Games and much more
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