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Thursday, April 25, 2013

When will the chicks hatch?

As a part of Science learning, scholars are learning about life cycles and will be making observations on how chicks hatch and grow. At Cannon, we have a live video stream on some chick eggs which we can view 24 hours a day.  You can also watch from home.  The chicks will take 21 days to hatch.   
The approximate date for their hatching is between May 5th and 6th.  
Tune in to see the miracle of hatching!

Cannon Incubator 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retelling Folktales

Retelling stories is a foundational skill that first grade scholars work on throughout the year. After learning about folktales, scholars chose a folktale to read. They used the app Educreations to retell their stories. The criteria for retelling includes retelling the beginning, the important events and the ending. Scholars are also learning to include reflections and connections in their retellings.
Check out their work!


The Wheels on the Bus Go 'Round and 'Round... 1st Grade Field Trip

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Investigating Folktales

Last week scholars investigated the attributes of a folktale. I choose 5 different traditional folktales and grouped the kids for learning together.

Each group read a folktale and as scholars read, reread and read with partners, we discussed the attributes of the tales they were reading.

As scholars compared similarities and differences among the books, we consolidated the ideas and created this chart.

Next week, scholars will choose a folktale to read and retell. Check back next week to hear their retells.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Worms...friend or foe?

After planting in Cannon Elementary School's new garden center a few weeks ago, scholars became interested in worms. After a bit of "oh, worms are so gross", they began to ask questions. This led me to design a research project around WORMS.
We began by investigating worms - observing, discussing and touching.

Then we decided to do an experiment to see if worms really did help plants grow. Each scholar planted 2 broccoli plants: one with a worm and one without a worm. We've been observing and discussing their growth for a few weeks now.

While we were waiting for the broccoli to grow, we did a little research. Scholars read books and used online resources to gather information. We used a RAN chart to organize our thinking and learning.

For the past week, scholars have been working on conveying their learning by writing a nonfiction book about worms.They used a tree map to organize the information then designed and wrote the pages in an app called Keynote. They then took screenshots of the Keynote pages and uploaded them and read each page using the app Storyrobe (I love this app!!).
Check out some samples of their work.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Money Podcast$

Math Class
In first grade scholars are responsible for examining the attributes of coins in order to identify them. They must also know the value of each coin and be able to show it in a variety of ways. After spending some time investigating coins and playing some games with coins, scholars were ready to 'show what they know'.
Miss Pettit, kindergarten teacher, asked if scholars would share their knowledge with her kindergarten class. First grade scholars decided to create podcasts to share their learning. They took the job of teaching kindergarten scholars very seriously!  They were totally engaged in this project.

As part of the Dual language Program, Math is taught in English. Scholars worked together with their Bilingual Buddies to create and produce their podcasts. They first created a learning page for each coin using Pic Collage. Then they layered that into Educreations in order to combine the teaching component and the voice.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Living Alphabet

One of the features of our Dual Language classroom is a student generated alphabet. This alphabet is designed by students, displayed in the classroom and used by students to learn a new alphabet, new vocabulary and a new language. During the past few weeks I have worked with the native Spanish speakers on a digital alphabet project. Scholars have been learning about living things in Science class so we decided to create a 'living alphabet'. Scholars first defined the attributes of living things then searched through books and online for lots of examples of living things. Next, scholars decided on an interesting living thing for each letter of the alphabet. They used and app called Pic Collage to create a collage representing their idea. Then, they imported the images into an app called Storyrobe. This app allows the user to give voice to each page of a presentation. Check out their presentation.

Mrs. Inigo worked with the native English speakers to design and produce a Spanish 'living alphabet'.