Sunday, January 29, 2012


This week we will be celebrating our 100th day of school. This is a really fun day for the kids and we have planned a bunch of fun activities for the kids to participate in. I will try to get some pictures to share.

We will also be looking at force and how it affects the world around us. We are even going to conduct an experiment or two to investigate this.

Valentine's Day is coming up quickly. I will send a list home with the names of the students in our class when it gets closer.

Thank you for letting me teach your kids, the are really great kids.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

100 Book Club Member!

Congratulations to our first 100 book club member!
Great job!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

More Matter

Last week we learned about how matter can change. We learned about chemical and physical changes. Ask your child what we did to show both of those changes. We will be wrapping up matter this week.

We also spent time this week learning how to use the SmartBoard. I am really excited to find more ways for the kids to use it each day!

I am also looking for ways to incorporate the new math core into our curriculum now. Part of that is asking the kids to do a  lot more on their own, with tasks that may seem challenging. I know that each child can be successful with this new way at looking at math, and I am excited to see how they grow as students.

Thanks for allowing me to teach your child, it is a rewarding experience each day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How SMART are we?

Here is the completely installed Smart Board! We have used it several times today. The kids are learning how to drag items from one place to another and even wrote their names. It is a little trickier than we expected, but so far it has been wonderful! I can't wait until the kids can start using it independently. We are so lucky. Thank you Fiddler's PTA!

Monday, January 16, 2012


This past week we investigated all sorts of matter: liquids, solids, and gasses. This week we will continue our investigations and learn why each type of matter acts the way it does.

On a side note, I ran into school today to grab something for one of my sons and was greeted by this:

We are sooooo lucky to have a Smartboard in our classroom. It will add another dimension to everything that we do. Mrs. Griffiths and I have worked hard to have some things ready for the day when the boards were installed. That day came a little quicker than we expected, but we aren't complaining! I will take a better picture tomorrow (I just had my cellphone this afternoon) of the completed installation. I am soooooo excited! Thank you Fiddler's PTA!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


For the next couple of weeks we will be studying the different states of matter. Today we learned about liquids by creating a liquid that seems like a solid.

The kids were really intrigued by our experiment, so I told them I would put the instructions here for you to try.

Solution A
1 cup water
1 cup white glue

Solution B
1 1/3 cup warm water
4 TBS borax

Pour solution A into Solution B and knead 4-5 times. When you pull your goo out of the water it will be really slimy. It will become more firm as it sets.

Ask your first grader why this solution is a liquid and not a solid!