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Monday, August 25, 2014

The 1st Day of 1st Grade

Today was an exciting day! The kids were all eager to be back and they were excited to share summer stories. It was a busy day and here are two of the highlights.

We have a new class pet! We took it out of its terrarium to make some observations and consider some questions we might have in order to care for our new pet. The biggest questions were...Is it a boy or a girl? and What's the difference between a tortoise and a turtle - is this a tortoise or a turtle? We will be doing research throughout the week and we have a 'pet expert' scheduled to come in for a visit on Friday morning.

We also had a mini engineering challenge today. Our school wide theme this year is 'Superheroes - What's your superpower?'.
So, with that in mind, the challenge went something like this...
Superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Can you and your partner work together to build the tallest building using only 25 Keva blocks? A secondary challenge was issued where each partner was only allowed to use one hand!
This activity was followed by a class discussion on teamwork, overcoming challenges and perseverance.

Those are just two of today's highlights! Check back soon for more 1st grade investigations and discoveries!

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