Saturday, March 17, 2012


We have been busy in first grade, as always! Our latest math unit has been great fun--I love teaching Geometry and the students seem to enjoy learning about it. We have studied both two- and three-dimensional shapes. Students have learned shape-related vocabulary, such as corners, sides, edges, faces, base, and vertice. They have also learned about symmetry and had a chance to find the line of symmetry in various images. We will do one of my favorite projects next week when students create symmetrical butterflies and dragonflies. Math is fun, and Geometry is especially fun (in my opinion)! Here are some pictures from last week, taken by students. 

Students explored shapes in many ways last week. They built shapes (2-D and 3-D) with straws and pipe cleaners, Wikki Stix, and some chose to explore shape building with toothpicks and marshmallows. There was some amazing teamwork in our classroom!
I introduced our new voice recorders to a small group of students this week. These will be used for MANY purposes--recording reading to monitor fluency, explaining a concept in math or science (which will allow me to hear students' thinking for assessment purposes), answering questions (again, an assessment tool for me), and much more.

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