This is the last full week for me for quite a while. Next week we’ll have parent conferences on Monday. The week after that there will be a two-day holiday followed by a field trip. The next week I have a workshop to go to. The following week is Thanksgiving holiday.
I cannot tell you how glad I am.
We’ve been needing a vacation for a while. First graders get antsy if there is nothing to look forward to. That’s why I gave them something to look forward to this week: “the matter show.” Jack and one of his grad school pals came and did some states of matter demonstrations for kinder, first, and second today. We’ve had a matter show countdown during calendar time for the past two weeks! It all culminated today when the kids got to see racquet balls shatter, a not-quite-a-liquid-not-quite-a-solid substance, and ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. My little munchkins were so happy!
In language arts we finally finished our first published work of a personal story. They’ve also been continuing their literacy groups (which are going really well). We also had about 19 tests during this week of everything from a running record of their words per minute to their listening skills. Poor munchkins.
In math we finished our unit our unit on understanding subtraction and began working with a ten-frame. They’re really catching onto how to use the ten-frame quickly. Math takes about 30 minutes now. Yay!
You’ve already heard about science a bit, but we talked about states of matter and then they took a test where they looked at pictures and then told which state of matter it was. The bonus was: what state of matter is lava?
In social studies we’ve begun talking about families. Students created a quilt-square with an illustration of a custom that their family observes. We then began talking about family jobs–they have a bit of an inflated view of how much work they do. But that’s the way it should be, right? 🙂