Friday, October 30, 2015

Do you hear what we hear?

We had so much fun in the science lab exploring sound. The students saw how sound make vibrations with tuning forks. They made their own duck or chicken sounds. They also practiced using an old fashioned string phone. This nine weeks students will also learn about volume and pitch.

On Thursday we meet with our book buddies! They shared their pumpkin projects and we read fall and Halloween books together.

In social studies we have started to learn about Thomas Jefferson. The students love hearing about him and all of his accomplishments and contributions. We took a quick virtual tour of his home. If your child would like to take a closer look at Monticello, please see link below.


We have also learned about nouns. Students know a noun is a person,place, and thing. Help your child identify them in sentences to enrich their learning. MAybe even let them label you!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Stop the Clock!

This week we have been working on telling time to the hour and half hour. The students have really mastered time to the hour. Time to the half hour can be a little tricky.Here is a link to a fun game we played in class.

Stop the Clock!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Red Ribbon Week October 19th-23rd

Red Ribbon Week
October 19-23, 2015
Addison Elementary School

Monday – 1. Students will receive RRW stickers.
                  2. Announcement of Red Ribbon Week on Gator News
3. Banners @ Front of Building, 400 Hall entrance,
& Cafeteria

Tuesday – Stomp out Drugs! Students will wear mismatched

Wednesday –  Take the pledge! Students will sign drug-free
class pledge. Teachers will place class pledge on large black paper on the wall between 200 & 300 halls.
Thursday – Wear red day.

Friday –    Show your school spirit. Addison is drug free! Students will wear school spirit wear.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Benjamin Franklin Projects and Our Garden

The students were so excited to share their Ben Franklin projects with their classmates. They did a wonderful job presenting. We had a few fun new inventions too!

A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Flaherty for helping us with our garden plot. The kids had so much fun digging and planting. It looks great! Come by and see it when you are here for the Fall Festival!

Monday, October 12, 2015


On Friday we had an icy visitor in our classroom...Olaf. First grade students are responsible for explaining how water changes states and determining that the weight of water will not change as its state changes. We watched Olaf throughout the day and recorded the changes we saw and his weight. We were pretty surprised that he remained 6 pounds!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ben Franklin Project

October 1, 2015

Dear Parents:

In Social Studies, we are learning about Benjamin Franklin and his inventions.
Please help your child make a representation of one of Ben’s inventions.  Students may also choose to create an invention of their own. However, they must design their invention around a problem or obstacle to make life easier-just like Ben did!  You may use recycled materials or things found around the home such as paper, foil, plastic wrap, cups, empty cereal or shoe boxes, newspaper, etc.  These projects should be sent to school by Monday, October 12th, and students will have the opportunity to share later that day.

A few ideas are listed below:
Lightening rod
Swim fins
Declaration of Independence
The Grabber
Chair with desk attached
Fire Department
Public Library
Postal Service
Glass Armonica
Franklin Stove

Please write about your invention and attach the writing to the invention.  Thank you for your support with this special assignment.

All our best,
First Grade Teachers

COGATs, Conferences, and Project

COGATs are over! The students were super focused and well behaved. Ask your child what the test was like. It's actually pretty neat!
Lots of important papers are coming home today. The first is a conference sheet. These sheet are stapled into your child's agenda. Please sign and return this form as soon as possible that way if we need to reschedule accommodations can be made. Conference week begins October 19. This will also be early early release. 

Students are also bringing home a paper explaining their Benjamin Franklin project . This project is Due on October 12th. Students are to choose one of his contributions to represent ans write about it. They will present these to the class . 

Lastly, there is an opportunity for practice and pre teaching our next math concept. We will be working with a 120 chart next week. I'm sending a chart and activities home for practice over the weekend. There are of choices for practice. I asked that students complete 5 (with your help) and return their sheet on Monday for a treat!