Now that was a BIG Morning Meeting! You were part of a school-wide event! What fun joining everyone at Murch for a happy, friendly Good Morning! Daphne and Lauryn taught us our dance move for the Greeting which you did perfectly. Some of the other classes were hilarious. Tell an adult about the dances and other parts of Morning Meeting you liked.
This week you learned that planets “rotate” or spin, and they “orbit” or go around the sun. The ones closer to the sun go around quickly. The planets that are far away from our star take much longer to orbit. This is true. We talked about facts. When you know something is real or true, it is a fact. When you see facts, sometimes you find a pattern. When you have a pattern, you can make predictions. You know spring follows winter. You know now is a good time to plant seeds because it will gradually get warmer and warmer so the plants will grow properly. So we went out and planted radishes in the school garden. Mr. Welsh talked about the tilt of the earth and its orbit causing the seasons. Remember the video from last week’s blog?
You played an “orbit game” in which the sun (played by first Gabriel and then Ellie) closed its eyes and had to guess where the sneaky planet (Mr. Welsh’s orange) had moved or orbited around the rug. One of you had it secreted on you. How do you all look so innocent? You also did a “rotate” greeting. You spun around once and then shook hands and said hello.
Scientists do like to argue! They even argue about the facts sometimes, such as how many planets are in our solar system. You saw three different amounts written in three different books. One book said 9, one said 8 and one said 13??? The debate, or difference of opinion, came down to whether ‘dwarf planets’ really are planets. What do you think? Then scientists argue about predictions that are not so easy to make. You predicted and then changed your prediction about which ice cube would melt first. We had to do the experiment more than once because we were not in the classroom one of the times when the ice finished melting. We will do it again in the hotter April sun.
You played number games this week. You already knew Subtraction Race. You learned B10 and Penny/ Dime. In each of those two, you roll a die and take that many ones. When you get ten of them, you trade them in for a ten counter. Tell an adult what the ten looks like in B10. What is the name of the ten coin in Penny/ Dime? Counting, adding and subtracting are all First Grade skills. Good for you.
You have done many pages in the Handwriting Without Tears workbook. In April you will start forming the Lower Case letters. See last week’s blog for the chart with all the letters. Your hands are getting stronger and your letters are looking like the big kids make them. The First Grade teachers will be very pleased.
You have been writing sentences in Writing Workshop. Sometimes you wrote two or more sentences. You have been Word Building too. You have gotten really good at reading words after Mr. Welsh changes a letter in the word.
There is no homework during the spring break. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. Many of you saw, and liked this picture Mrs Marcus took a few weeks ago in New York at the Metropolitan Museum. It shows patterns too…