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Category: first grade

Taking Surveys

Posted in first grade, math, and picture book lesson

First graders in the Jackson Library learned how to take surveys after reading Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin.   After reading the story, the kids asked each other about favorite ice cream flavors and marked it on their paper using tally marks. Then we used Jersey Teacher’s Ice Cream pictograph sheet (TPT) to draw representations of the data. Finally, they listened to Groovy Joe songs during check out. Who knew graphing data could be so much fun in the library?

1st surveys

 

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Groovy Joe site
Groovy Joe site

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ice cream graphing activity TPT
Jersey Teacher Ice cream graphing activity on TPT

Learning About Mae Jemison

Posted in first grade, and holiday

Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders learned about Mae Jemison from the book, Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed. I like how it is a biography written like a narrative for the younger reader. It talks about not letting anyone deter you from reaching your goals and dreaming big dreams. After the story, the kids put together a little booklet about Mae’d accomplishments (from The Mailbox). Follow Roda here!  #BlackHistoryMonth

 

Mae Among the Stars
Review

Mae Among the Stars Lesson

Mae AMong the Stars YouTube

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Little Booklet
Roda Ahmed
Photo credit Todd Overman

 

Roda’s Website

Roda Ahmed, author

Snowmen at Night

Posted in first grade, and writing

First graders wrote about what they would do if they were snowmen at night! After reading Snowmen at Night, the kids categorized the story by events that happened at the beginning, middle, and end. Then they wrote about what they would do if they were a snowman at night. They also enjoyed Mary Atom’s YouTube song of the story! 

snowmen at night book

snowmen at night

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keri tisher TPT activity

The Wonky Donkey and Seesaw

Posted in bilingual, first grade, picture book lesson, technology, and TTESS 1819

Last week, I created my first Seesaw activity! (link below) After reading The Wonky Donkey and singing the song, the first graders had to think of a NEW flaw for the donkey. They used Seesaw in pairs to draw their wonkier donkey and they used the microphone to tell about its new flaw. They had a blast!

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Exploring Animals with Pebble Go: English and Spanish

Posted in first grade, picture book lesson, and technology

First graders enjoyed the award winning read aloud, Oh No! by Fleming and Rohmann. They predicted what would happen at the end of the story and who came to rescue the animals. At the tables, they watched the book trailer, sequenced the animals (sheet below),  and rotated on the computers to explore animal information on Pebble Go in English and Spanish. PebbleGo is one of our district databases.  The kids can listen to the sounds, read short text, and watch videos to go with each animal. After check out, they watched a San Diego zoo video about tigers. Fun!

 

oh no

 

Oh No! student sheet

 

Thomas the tiger video
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Oh No! story and PebbleGo database

Fun with Chris P. Bacon

Posted in first grade, nonfiction lesson, and picture book lesson

Last week in the Jackson Library, first grade had fun reading a nonfiction book about the cutest pig ever, Chris P. Bacon! The true story of Chris P. Bacon explains how this pig born without back legs was rescued by a kind veterinarian. We read the book Dr. Len wrote himself and learned how he designed a wheelchair for the pig using K’Nex toys. Chris P. Bacon inspired us by showing us that it is good to be ‘unique’!

CPB

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Safeshare video CPB
Safeshare video

CPB website

Time To Play video

PBS

Technology Station

iPad app Block the Pig

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Our OK Book

Posted in first grade, picture book lesson, technology, and writing

The week before STAAR testing, first graders created their own digital book based on Rosenthal and Lichtenheld’s book, The OK Book. The book shows the stick figure shaped like the letters ‘OK’ attempting different hobbies and activities. The figure isn’t very good at these activities yet, but that is ‘ok’ and one day they will find their favorite hobby and talent. The kids used DoodleBuddy to create their pictures and AnyFlip to publish. Check out first grade’s book!

 

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The OK Book collage

 

 


Leprechaun Coin Bridge STEM Challenge

Posted in first grade, holiday, and STEM

Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders competed in groups in a Minute to Win It style game. After discussing bridges and building a sample model with mirror cubes, the kids had to devise a plan to create a bridge-like structure made from only pennies. They had to use all of the 30 pennies in the bag and they had to be able to slide a pencil underneath the bridge. After the challenge, they discussed how they would improve their bridge next time re-vamped their designs.

 

coin bridge

St Patrick's Day STEM Challenge

YouTube from last year

Potatoes and Cabbage song

 

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