By Mrs. Thompson
The first grade has been writing! Mrs. Thompson’s class is now writing fictional stories. The children think of their characters, setting and a problem. The stories have to have 3 ways to solve the problem and then the children finally write the solution. And of course, there are pictures in their stories. The children are doing great and enjoying being authors and using their imaginations!
By Jodi McManus
The First Grade Resource Room has taken on the ever popular idea of turning something old, into something new. No, we’re not redoing a house; but rather, we are redoing some tried and true old favorite games. We’ve given a fresh new look to such games as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Jenga, Fish and Chips, and Don’t Break the Ice just to name a few.
The idea of “flipping” a game was born from the strategy of making learning fun. Students are more likely to become actively engaged when they feel they are playing and having fun. Almost any game can be flipped. You simply take the concept in which you want to focus and modify the game board and pieces to reinforce the skill. For example, the game Jenga was changed to a game that practiced reading fluency when phrases were attached to the wooden blocks. Fish and Chips reinforced the skill of number sequencing when a variety of number sequences were attached to the playing pieces. The game Candyland offered a great review of sight words by simply attaching the words to the game cards. When a player drew a card he/she had to read the sight word before he/she could jump to the correct color.
Sure, the idea of making something new from something old has been around for a while, but it just goes to show that not all “remodeling” has to be on a large scale. So, the next time you are going through your games, challenge yourself to create your own “first flip”.
By Mrs. Rogge
February 10th will no longer be just another ordinary day for me. On that day I became a mom. What an amazing, life-changing experience! (As parents yourself, you know this full well.) I spent much of February and all of March home with my baby girl on maternity leave. Now I’m back just in time to see the 2nd graders experience something amazing and life-changing, too---the life cycle of a mealworm. Each child has a vial with 2 mealworms along with everything they need to survive: oatmeal for food, carrot for water, vial for space, and air holes for air. Students have the opportunity to interact with and observe their mealworms as they witness the extraordinary transformation from larva to pupa and then finally an adult ________...What does a mealworm become? To find out, ask a 2nd grader. :)
By Miss Anderson
During the month of March, Miss Anderson’s class learned all about weather! As expected in Kansas, students were able to see all different types of weather this month. To start off the weather fun the students listened to the story . . .
By Starla Balthazor
Third graders have been studying the history of Cloud County in Social Studies. Along with studying about Cloud County in the classroom we will make several small field trips in town. They have visited the Brown Grand and will visit the . . .
Mrs. Popelka’s 1 st grade class celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, on Thursday, March 2, 2017, by having a Seussville tasting party. After reading several Dr. Seuss books and making character masks, . . .