Monday, December 26, 2016

December Fun

It is hard to believe the month of December has come and gone.  We had a lot of fun with many special visitors!

 


Friday, December 16, 2016

Japan-America Society


The students were part of a special presentation.  A few members of the Japan-America Society of PA came to William Penn.  The ladies shared the Japanese culture with the students by explaining the elementary schools, houses and food of the Japanese culture.  Beforehand, we discussed Japan and the similarities and differences in our cultures.  Did you know that Japanese elementary school children serve each other lunch and are also responsible for cleaning up the school building after lunch and at the end of the day (bathrooms included)?




Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Happy Halloween!

The students had a great time with all the games during the Halloween party.  Thank you to all the volunteers that made the afternoon so enjoyable!



Music by Bobby "Borris" Picket, "Monster Mash"


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Apples, Apples Everywhere

The students honored John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) by creating their own "Crockpot Applesauce."  Each student participated in peeling and slicing the apples.  The ingredients cooked all day in the crockpot and made the entire classroom smell divine!

In the afternoon, the students enjoyed their creation!

In addition to creating the applesauce, the students participated in a STEAM* activity using apples.  We read Ten Apples Up On Top, by Dr. Seuss.  The children had to try to create their own structure of three apples piled on Jenga blocks.  Once the students succeeded in piling their apples, they had to start removing the Jenga blocks to test the stability of their structure.

No worries - no apples were harmed or wasted in the creation of the towers.  Every apple was washed and enjoyed!!






Music provided by iTunes: "Apples & Bananas" by Raffi

*STEAM is a way to teach how all things relate to each other, in school and in life. It’s more fun than traditional learning styles and makes more sense to all types of learners because it is based on the natural ways that people learn and are interested in things.

STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements.


Ten Apples Up On Top



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Superhero Swag

The students practiced their superhero skills and checked grammatical errors in sentences!  They also practiced building words to sculpt their superhero spelling muscles!






Saturday, September 10, 2016

Magic Bracelets

We practiced scientific thinking by predicting, questioning and experimenting with magic beads.  The students created their own bracelet by stringing semi-clear beads onto a pipe cleaner.   With a little help from Mrs. Brinegar, we tied the bracelets together on stretchy string.  The children made predictions about what magical powers were going to be unleashed when they stepped outside.  Some of the predictions included the ability to fly, the super power of becoming invisible and the ability to read minds.  Some students also predicted that the bracelets might change colors.  The students stepped outside and watched the magic unfold before their eyes.






We have scientists in the making!!!



First Day of First Grade

Check out these future Superheroes!!!



Music provided by The Jackson Five

Welcome Back!!

We made it!  Our first day and now first week are under our belts.  I look forward to an exciting fun-filled year!








Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Welcome, Wonders!



I am pleased to announce that Room 104 will be piloting the McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders program during the 2016-2017 school year.  

I am super excited to bring this program to my students and look forward to an exciting year of reading and writing!

Before the school year starts, more information will be provided to the families participating in the grades K-2 pilot.  

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Oh, the places you'll go...

August 2015
From the start of first grade to the end,

I wish everyone the best.
May 2016

"Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way! " - Dr. Seuss


Our future is so bright, we have to wear shades!





Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Our Growing Brood


We are proud parents of six growing chicks.  We candled the eggs yesterday to check their growth.  We are on day 7 and the dark spot in the center of the egg is the growing chick.  More photos will be added as we progress through the stages.

Day 9




Day 11








Day 22 

We are the proud parents of at least two chicks!  Watch the time lapse video of the chicks emerging from the eggs.







Meet Cheeky (female - all black) & Chucky (male - yellow feathers on top of head)



Field Trip Fun

The first grade classrooms visited the National Aviary near downtown Pittsburgh.  We learned a lot about penguins and various other birds.  Thank you to the PTO for funding our trip and the chaperones that attended.








Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wild Thing, you make our hearts sing!


We kicked off our Read-a-Thon today with the Washington Wild Thing.  First grade students are asked to get sponsors for their reading and read at least one book a day.  All proceeds benefit the William Penn PTO which directly impacts the students!  Tickets to a Washington Wild Things game will be rewarded as well as the opportunity to dunk Mrs. Joseph in the dunk tank on Fun Day!!

Let's get wild about reading!! 



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Go Away, Tiny Purple Monster!!

After studying the various types of adjectives, the students created their own version of Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley.  Each student created their own book, video taped a reading of it and generated a QR code that provides a link to their SafeShare.tv video.

Below is the class reading my version of the book.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Sneaky E

This week the students practiced reading words with silent 'e' and adding that sneaky 'e' to short vowel words and completely changing the sound of the word (cap - cape, rob - robe).

Here are the students in disguise...





Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We celebrated Read Across America Day in style.  The classroom was full of cats in hats!!





Monday, February 29, 2016

"Hoppy" Leap Day!!

"Hoppy" Leap Day!! We are leaping towards 2020!!





Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Valentine's Day Party

The students had a great time.  Thank you to all the moms that helped out with the festivities!




100th Day Fun

Better late than never...  Ask your son or daughter to show you the dance we did to this song.




Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Thermometer Song & Water Cycle Song



We have been having fun learning about the weather.
Here are two of the songs we have been listening to and singing along with.




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Selfie Fun!!

Comparing Numbers

The students have been practicing place value and number sense.  This week we focused on comparing numbers using the phrases, greater than, less than and equal to.  Below are two videos the children enjoyed watching. The videos helped them understand the symbols and which way they face in a comparing statement.

Number Gators


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pirates have taken over first grade!

The students have been practicing the sound of "bossy r" spelled -ar.  They transformed into pirates all week to help them remember and practice the sound!!



Sunday, January 3, 2016

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas!

Our fun December song!




December Fun!

Preparing for the holiday is always a lot of fun. This year the students handcrafted snowflake ornaments for a special someone. We also enjoyed our Polar Express Day. The children came to school in their pajamas! We had fun making extra large snowflakes that are now hanging in the classroom (the closest we got to a white Christmas). We played some games with snowballs (extra large marshmallows) and then ended 2015 with the viewing of The Polar Express. 




Japan-America Society of PA

The students were part of a special presentation.  A few members of the Japan-America Society of PA came to William Penn.  The ladies shared the Japanese culture with the students by explaining the elementary schools, houses and food of the Japanese culture.  Beforehand, we discussed Japan and the similarities and differences in our cultures.  Did you know that Japanese elementary school children serve each other lunch and are also responsible for cleaning up the school building after lunch and at the end of the day (bathrooms included)?

Below is a slideshow of the visit as well as the students trying their hands at origami.  Enjoy

Arigatou!