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:

REGISTER at https://orders.scholastic.com/LNWBD

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 www.scootpad.com !

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!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Christopher Columbus

While learning about Christopher Columbus we made and labeled a boat with movable parts! Check out our creations!


Sink or Float

We were scientists on Friday as we made predictions about items- would they sink or float? After our predictions we tested the materials and recorded our findings!

Daily 5- Work on Words

During Daily 5's Work On Words we practice word wall words and our word study words with stamps, whiteboards, PlayDoh, and magnetic letters!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Being A Scientist

On Friday we practiced using the Scientific Method to see "What Gets Hotter?"
  1. We asked the question: Which gets hotter in the sun? Sand, soil, or water?
  2. We made hypothesis by using our schema (what we already know).
  3. In groups we gathered our materials and put one thermometer into each cup, careful to cover the bulb.
  4. We took an initial temperature and recorded it.
  5. Next, we took our cups outside and sat them in direct sunlight. We left the cups for 20 minutes.
  6. We went back outside and took another reading of the temperatures and recorded them. (They had really risen!)
  7. We came to the conclusion that the sun heats the earth. The sun made the soil the hottest. The water was the coolest.

We had fun being scientists today!