Today we started the day with a lesson on three-dimensional shapes (cubes, cylinders, cones, prisms, spheres and pyramids). First we explored how the different shapes move. Asking questions such as: Can it slide? Does it roll? Can you stack the shape on another shape? Then we thought about how the different attributes of each shape effect how the shapes move. Then equipped with only toothpicks and marshmallows, we got building. We created cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, pyramids, and even some hexagonal prisms! Lastly, we made a chart where we recorded what we noticed about the shapes (such as “a pyramid is made up three triangles and a square” and “a cube has 6 faces”) and also recorded where there are examples of each shape in our everyday life (dice, cans of food, ice cream cones, boxes, even the bee trap outside our classroom window!)

Today we were very fortunate to have two amazing authors visit our school. Both Jon Agee (author of Terrific, Z Goes Home and other great books) and Loren Long (of Otis the Tractor fame) spoke to the K-2 learners, explaining their craft.

If you’re interested, you can find more about their books on their websites:
In the afternoon, first graders enjoyed a 100 chart activity, a new sight word game called STOP and learning about the letter P.  Here are some pictures from our day:
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and great break!
-Katie