Saturday, April 27, 2013

Week 34 & May Calendar

Dickinson County Naturalist, Charles came to give us a presentation on air.  He showed us many neat experiments to show the following:

1. Air is made up with different gasses.
2. Air has weight.
3. Air has volume.
4. Air has pressure.
5. Air gives power.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Poetry Party

We had a month filled with poetry.  We had a great time performing for our guests today!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Our Community Project

Here is a book that we made about our community.

Please take a few minutes to answer questions my students have.  Thank you!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Community Unit

We have started learning about neighborhoods and community.  We listed things that we have and we don't have in our community.  We are planning on making a book about our community.  Here is a sneak peek of some pages in the book.

We would love it if you could answer some questions about your community.  We will post some questions tomorrow.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Rock Tour

We spent last three weeks learning about rocks.  Today we took a Google Earth tour to some neat sites in the world.  Our stops were the followings:
As you can see we had a blast visiting some natural rock formations as well as the rock structures.

Do you know a place where we can find cool rocks?

Primary Blogging Community

Hello, Ms. Leech's first graders, Mrs. Muller's second graders, and Mrs. Levitt's kindergartners!
We are very excited to connect with you through our blogs.

A lot of exciting things are happening in Mrs. DeGroot's first grade class.  We have 19 students in our class.  Our day is always filled with learning!  We are looking forward to sharing some of the things that we will be doing this week.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Week 31

This week we investigated 3D shapes in math.  As we sorted and played with the shapes, we asked ourselves the following questions.  Can the shapes roll or slide?  Can we stack them on top of each other?  Here are our findings.
1. A 3D shape rolls if it has a round side.
2. A 3D shape slides if it has a flat side (=face).
3. We can stack them when they have more than two flat faces.

We had opportunities to connect with two classes through Skype and Google Hangout this week.  The first class was Mrs. Schreier's 2nd grade class in Manson Northwest Webster School in Iowa.  We shared our writing piece "All About Me."  It was great to listen to older students and their writing.   The second class was Mrs. Langhus's 1st grade class in Portland, Oregon.  We read a Three Little Pigs passage together.  We asked them what time it was in Oregon.  To our surprise, it was only 10:45 in the morning (it was 12:45 over here:)!  We also noticed that they were wearing uniforms.  Some of us thought it would be fun to wear a uniform over here, too!

Starting next week, our class will participate in the Primary Global Blogging Community Project.  We will have three other classes to work on this project.  It will be a great opportunity for us to see what other schools are like and also to share our learning with them.

Next Week
** I will have a substitute on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a district committee responsibility.  If you need to get hold of me, please either e-mail me or contact Dana in the office.