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Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 100- Kind of...

While my class is on day 100, the rest of the school is still in the 90's. I'm not really sure how it happened, but going back and counting every post would drive me insane. As it stands now, the whole of first grade is going to be celebrating the 100th day on Friday.

We teachers sent home a letter about the 100th day celebration, but just in case the kids forget to take it out of their backpacks, I'll tell you here...

Of Friday, each student will be responsible for bringing a Ziplock baggie full of 100 things. (think of Cheerios, M&Ms, beans, etc.) During school, we will turn in the things they brought into an art project! It's going to be awesome!

Now that that is out of the way, here's what we did today!

We watched this video (I found it on youtube) and talked about similes and antonyms. Originally, my students wanted me to find the 'real' video, but I think Elmo does it better!

My students were singing this song the rest of the day!

In math we looked at finding missing numbers on a 100s chart. Students were to think of different ways to figure out the missing numbers. Were they going to count by 1s only, or notice when counting by 10s would be easier?
Each of my students now have a 100s chart taped to their table to help them. Let's hope they last!

In social studies we are starting to study the changes that African Americans have made throughout history. We have already looked at George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. (but I think we are going to review them during this unit) Today we looked at Harriet Tubman and her efforts on the Underground Railroad.

First we watched a BrainPop Jr video on Harriet Tubman, then we answered the questions after the video. After the video, I had my students do the writing prompt that BrainPop included.

Imaging you are a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Write a diary entry of your day.

I went outside at night. The police try to catch me. I was caught and punished at night escape. I went to a safe home.

We hide at day and then we went to the station at night. I was helping people. They were following me. If the man would have caught me I would have died. The man would of caught me they would of punished me. If the man did not caught me I would of stay safe.

I am safe at night. I am hide at day. I am walking. I am helper people. I am in a safe home.

 The mens are at home sleep. The mens are sleepy. I like my home. I hide from my mens. The men going home.

I was impressed with their insight! We created a word bank on the board before they began writing with words like night, station, walking, safe, etc. I can tell my students are going to learn a lot this week!

Here are pictures form literacy centers:

 Word work (building words)

 Poetry/ Comprehension (review compound words)

 Buddy reading/ Graphic Organizers

Spelling texters/ vocabulary

Even though it was an absolutely gorgeous day today, we had to have recess inside (again) because Hamilton County has not sent anyone to clean the playground yet from the flooding we had a week ago. My students were devastated! We want to play outside!!

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