Thursday, December 13, 2012

November Terrific Kids

These three Kiddos are terrific kids for being wonderful citizens. Kiwanis comes to recognize students throughout the year. Congratulations to MJ, Joaquin, and Niyah!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas in Sweden

German Gingerbread Houses

Field trip to Swift Creek Mill Playhouse

What have we been up to?

It's been busy in first grade preparing for a new teacher and helping her and the students adjust! She's wonderful and is a great addition to our team. I miss my kiddos but know they're in great hands!

An elf was delivered to our classroom. He's been helping us learn about Christmas traditions around the world. He visits different countries around the world and brings us activities to help us learn more. We find him in different places around our room each morning. It's been fun!

December Portraits by Mr. Brooks

Mr. Brooks took Holiday portraits of our class! They're great! Check them out!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


We created Green Giants using the Jack Prelutsky poem.  I thought the idea was cute when I read about it on Deanna Jump's blog, and it was so concrete!  It was perfect to launch mental images!

Scholastic Book Orders

Sometimes the right book is all it takes to nurture a child's love of reading. That's why I'm pleased that our class will be participating in Scholastic Book Clubs this school year.

The Book Club flyers I'll be sending home each month are full of just-right, affordable books and Storia(TM) eBooks for every age and reading level. Please have your orders in by November 15.

Thank you for helping grow your child's love of reading and for supporting our class.

P.S. When you place your order online, you'll help earn FREE Books for our class and you also get a $5 FREE Book Pick Coupon to use on your next online order!

Ordering online is fast and easy:


CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia(TM) eBooks

SUBMIT the order to your child's teacher

EARN FREE Books for you and the classroom too!

ScootPad Rewards

Ahmad and Jayla have been earning coins as they practice math and reading using !

They cashed in some coins to have lunch with Miss Lankey! They each got to choose a friend! It was a lot of fun!

College Week at Hopkins

We celebrated "Chesterfield Goes to College" week! We learned about different colleges in Virginia. All of the teachers decorated their doors with the colleges they attended. We were very curious to find out where everyone went to college! When discussing colleges we also set goals and talked about the importance of school now in order to be able to go to our college of choice.

We ended the week with a school wide morning meeting and a parade!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

We Love Fall!

Part of the 1st grade science curriculum is learning about seasonal changes. We "adopted" a tree today to follow through the seasons. We collected fall leaves and noticed different signs of fall.

Friday, October 19, 2012

What dissolves in water?

We were scientists today!

We asked the question: "What dissolves in water?"

We made hypothesis as to which solids would dissolve in water.

We tested our hypothesis and recorded the results. We found out that sugar, salt, and flour dissolve in water. Sand does not dissolve in water.

Finally, different groups shared their results! We discussed what other things may or may not dissolve.

Try different items at home!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lunch with Parents

We enjoyed eating with our parents today!