Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From the Gym to the Classroom

Our class is learning how to juggle. We love to juggle. Mr. Drendel is teaching us how to become great jugglers.
We hope to show you how we juggle.
We have been practicing a lot.

Here are the steps you will use to learn how to juggle.

1. First, take the green scarf and grab it with your fingers. Then, pinch the pink scarf using your thumb and pointer finger.

 2. Next, move your arm in a small circle, inside your body.
 3. Now, let go of the pinched scarf.

4.  Then, you let go of the scarf that you have gripped.

5. Finally...keep going!

Mr. Drendel has been working hard at showing the students how to follow directions. So we have turned it into a "How-To" story.

But before we could write... we had to practice. :)

*This post was written by our 1st grade class. We talked about steps in directions, "how-to's" and transitions words. :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A New Game: Find'ems

Looking for a fun learning game at home?

Look no more! Find'ems is coming home in the backpacks today!

Here is the prep:
1. Cut out all of the letter cards.
2. Cut out the 1st Grade Focus Flash Cards
3. Prepare a clean table top

How to play:
1. Spread the letter cards onto the table top.
2. Flip them all over so that you can not see the letters.

3. Then have everyone place their hands on their heads.
4. One person grabs a Focus Flash Card and reads the word.
5. Then say "go" and everyone frantically starts to flip over the letters until they find what they need to make the word.
6. The first person with the word spelled correctly will stop the game by saying the word out loud.
7. This person gets a point and the games continues in this way.

I hope you have a chance to play this game. Please send pictures of the kids playing. I would love to make a home-to-school connection.