Sunday, December 20, 2015

Our Book Talk Poster!

On Friday, we presented our book talk poster to Mrs. Vallely to hang in the library! When students visit the library, they can use an ipad to scan the QR code to hear about the books we love.  We hope it will help others in making book choices if they need help.

Making 10

Given the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, how many ways can you make 10?

Look what the students came up with:

If we had a bigger whiteboard, there would have been many more!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

We Love GoNoodle!

I'd be surprised if your child hasn't mentioned GoNoodle at home. We take GoNoodle breaks almost every day! It helps us move our bodies, follow directions, enjoy music, and just have fun!

Here is a link if you haven't checked it out:

Also...look for the GoNoodle At Home Winter Challenge to go home in this week's tote. It's a fun, engaging way to keep moving this winter is you are stuck indoors!

Here we are moving to The Holiday Dance:

It's been a while...

We have been busy in the classroom, but it just hasn't made it to the blog! Before Thanksgiving, we talked about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. We learned about how each lived by seeing their houses, clothing, and food. This helped us compare and contrast how we live today with the past. The students created a game using a map of the Pilgrims' journey from England to Massachusetts. Hopefully they shared it with you!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I can....write stories!

Since September the students have been writing! In the past month, they have been focusing on four targets to make their writing better. These targets are:

  • I can use an uppercase letter at the beginning of my sentences (lowercase letters for the rest).
  • I can use spaces between my words.
  • I can put a period at the ends of my sentences.
  • I can match my illustration to my writing.
This week we read the book, The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster. 


The kitchen window in her Nana and Poppy's house is a special place where magical things happen. Do you have a special place? We all do, and here are some of the stories the students wrote.

My special place is the YMCA. Because I do swimming.
Isla is at Primetime. My mom is watching me.
My special place is Albuquerque. My favorite place at New Mexico is
Itz. At Itz I like to play a Batman game. After I went rock climbing.
My special place is my house because my mom and dad are there. Sometimes my
baby sister Sadie comes out and gives me a hug.
My favorite place is my Nana's house because my Nana has a play room that
I play in. And my Nana's house is my special place because she has a playroom. And because I love her.

Stay tuned for more awesome writing!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin?

It all started with this book:

Mr. Tiffin asks his class this question as they look at the small, medium, and large pumpkins on his desk. This leads the class to make predictions, get their hands messy, and explore counting larger numbers. Which pumpkin had the most seeds? Read the book or ask your child!

And now...our Pumpkin Project:

Small, small medium, medium, and large pumpkins

 Pink post-its: which pumpkin do you want to work with?
Blue post-its: which pumpkin do you think has the most seeds?

Medium pumpkin - Messy work!

 Small medium madness too!

Small pumpkin hiding behind the bowl!

Large pumpkin for many hands!


Counting the largest seeds from the largest pumpkin.

Groups of 10.

 Lines of 10.

Careful counting.

And the winner is...the largest pumpkin had the most with 525 seeds!
Look how close the other pumpkins were with their seed count!

We had a lot of fun doing this project!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Finding Combinations of Numbers

One of our math targets is: "I can find different combinations of numbers up to 10". For example:
5 + 5 = 10, 1 + 9 = 10, 7 + 3 = 10.

The students have been exploring this through math games. Two games are "Heads and Tails" and "How Many am I Hiding?" They use either pennies or connecting cubes to explore the different ways to make 6, 7, or 8.

Another activity we use to learn this target is called "Peas and Carrots". If you have 7 in all, how many peas and how many carrots could you have of each? This is a different kind of question for the students to explore, because with story problems there was only one answer. This type of question has many answers.

Check out the games:

So Nice to See You!

It was wonderful to see a lot of you for Parent Conferences! While it makes for long days for Mrs. Pelletier and me, it is certainly time well spent! We are a team in your child's learning experience. Getting to know families is just as important as knowing the student. Thank you for your support at home, we all want your child to have a fun, successful year in first grade!

Here is a link to an article from PBS Parents about supporting your child at home:

The Role of Parents

Thanks again!
Mrs. Caron

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Field Trip Fun!

Tuesday morning the three first grades at Skillin went on our first field trip! The Rideout and Jordan families of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth welcomed us to their farm, The Alewive's Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth. Caitlyn Jordan led us on a tour of the farm with important stops to pick green beans, carrots, beets, peppers, potatoes, and finally pumpkins. Phew...farming is hard work! We also got to feed the chickens and taste apple cider as part of our snack. Although a bit rainy and drizzly at times, we had an awesome time learning about farming in a fun, engaging way!

Check out the farm's site: Alewive's Brook Farm

And check out the photos:

 Caitlin welcomes us to the farm and talks to us about the green beans we will harvest.
We are First Grade Farmers!
Bees on the farm are an important part of helping the crops grow.

Green beans are in the bag!

Check out this carrot!

Good lookin' green pepper!

The chicken coop.

Feeding the chickens.
Farmer Jodie used the tractor and potato digger to dig up the potatoes for us!
Time to pick a pumpkin from the patch!