four-day-week! four-day-weekend! four-day-week! This is going by so quickly! We got Friday off so that we could enjoy a nice, long, four-day-weekend. I’m so tired, but I’m excited to finish the race.
In language arts, we finished up our unit on making connections between the books that we read and the world at large. We are now working on a class research project. We made a list of over thirty student-generated topics and the voted on which topic we would choose. Thankfully, the topic of “birds” won over “famous robbers” because I had no idea how to find first-grade-level books about Bonny & Clyde… We are also writing our last book–a summary of first grade. Hopefully, we will get finished by the end of next week and I can get them graded in time to make it in to the gradebook.
In math, we completed our topic on time. Not too much to say about it except that all the kids did well on the test, but one student wrote down that it took about an hour (rather than about a minute) to pour a glass of milk. Time is relative when you’re waiting for milk, I guess.
In social studies, we learned about Thomas Edison and several of his many inventions. This unit is too hard for first graders, though. They have no idea what a telegraph is. Heck, they probably don’t know what a corded phone is. Oh well, as the curriculum guide goes, I go. Next year, though, I will make changes.
In science, we finally finished learning about life cycles. Students had to draw a picture of an animal out of a cup and draw its life cycle including correct labeling. I have never seen confidence fall so far, so fast as when they unfolded their little slip of paper and realize that all their bravado about “I know everything about life cycles” was for naught.