Thursday, December 20, 2012

Frosty showed a day late!

Frosty came a day late for White Out Day! We still made it out to recess. Some friends bundled together to stay warm!

Fa la la la...

This is the best time of the year! There is nothing like a sing along to spread holiday cheer!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Not COLD, but COOL!

It may not have snowed, but we still had a cool day.  First graders looked like little snowflakes dressed all in white.  We stayed busy cutting snowflakes and writing about why we are special.  The high point of the day was building sugar cube castles.  After lunch, we had an old fashioned snow ball fight.  We ended the day with a little lesson in weather (trying to explain why it doesn't snow in Houston) and enjoyed Frost the Snowman and an all white snack!

Thanks for making it a great day!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fire Fire!

Today we had a real treat!  Thanks to Station 57 and Captain Dixon for coming (2 times) to visit with First Grade about fire safety and being a fireman.  We were all gathered to listen, when they received a call and had to rush out.  We were so happy when they came back to finish up.  Mr. Dixon put on all his fire gear and showed students what it would like if they had to come rescue us.

This was a great follow up to the Fire Fighter article we read a few weeks ago.  Students used their reading skills to infer what brave meant.  We wrote facts and opinions (my favorite fact was from Maddie ... "My dad is a firefighter"), and used text to support our thinking.  Wow!  What a great way to close up the learning activity!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Astroworld may be gone, but JOHNSON WORLD is here!  We designed and built roller coasters to test our knowledge of motion.  Look at some of the great designs.

Monday, December 3, 2012

America is BEAUTIFUL!

We have worked so hard to learn about our great country!  Students wrote about the symbols we studied.  After learning about different facts and making some of our own opinions, we worked in groups to write scripts for the following voice thread.  Thanks Mrs. Lewis for helping with the recording!

I hope you enjoy these sweet little voices and the great country they are representing!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vivid Images

Math Thinking...

Why do we need to measure the area of a flat surface?  Comment below to tell us why and where we would use area to do something (Zealtiel - said a painter needs to know the area).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Brain BREAK!

We use brain breaks everyday as a way to transition from one subject to another.  It is a great time of non-academic thinking and a chance to work out some wiggles.  There are some great ones online, but we made up our own... If you are feeling a little tired, join us for the ICE CREAM FREEZE!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Math has gone to the turkeys...

Today we learned about symmetry by building turkeys...  I hope you like them as much as we did!

What's Cooking?

What better thing to write about than food!  Today we consumed recipes (some of my family favorites) and then wrote a recipe for our favorite food.  If you are not sure what to cook on Thursday, these look like some great dishes!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Giving Thanks!

Today was the Thanksgiving Feast. It was great to see so many families share lunch with us!

Here is what a few said they were thankful for...

Madeline "my home, family and friends"

Jonathan "my friend Shervin"

Alex "that I can run fast"

Melanie "my brother and sister"

Aniyah "my teacher"

Kaylann "for my mom"

Ashley "for mommy and daddy"

Mrs. Johnson "my sweet class that hugs me every morning with an eager smile, the chance to work in a job I love, and my family that is healthy and happy...blessing abound"

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Problem Solving

Thank you to all the parents that came to our Problem Solving meeting.  It was great to see so many parents dedicated to helping kids develop critical thinking skills.  For those who could not make it, we filmed the night.

As always, please visit with your teacher if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lunch Bunch

Today was our first Lunch Bunch for the year!  Every few weeks, I will set a goal and students will work on that goal.  Today students were invited for showing great self control.  This was a fun time to be able to really visit with just a few kids.

Great job!

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's our DUTY!

Today we had the chance to excersie our RIGHT to vote.  Every student in Meadow Wood went to the poles.  Mrs. Lewis did a great job at making the library a real voting precinct.  Student learned that our vote is private and that we have a duty to express our desires for our leadership.

HIT the target!

This week we continued to work on adding and subtraction while using the signs to write a number sentence.  We played a great game Targe Addition.  Students went in turns to add numbers to the grid.  The person who hits the number wins.

Friday, October 26, 2012

because it MATTERS!

What a great day to learn about heat (when the weather is getting colder!). 

We had a SCI-FRI day - all science all Friday!

Today we learned about heat.  And we used that energy or heat to change matter.  We made a hypothesis on how to melt an ice cube.

Righley said, "leave it on your desk." Maddie said, " put it in the pencil box."  Jonathan thought to hold it to the light.  After forming our hypothesis, we tested it out.  After a little waiting (and some wet desk), kids started to touch their ice cubes.  Madeline and Gabriel noticed that when they held it in their hand the ice melted faster. 

After all was said and done, we realized that the heat from our hands was the best way to make ice melt fast.  Kaylann even said that the room was hotter than the freezer so that in time the ice would melt from the heat of the room. 

Later we used heat to change a liquid to a solid by making pancakes.  It was exciting to see the change happen right before our eyes (and it was yummy in our tummy).