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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Making Applesauce

The children made applesauce to celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday. Each child brought in an apple. They had to peel and core the apple. Then they had to divide the pieces into two piles because we had two crock pots. Once the children had separated the apples, they had to cut the slices into small pieces. They put red hots into one of the crock pots. We let the applesauce cook all day long. Then we ate it. We are good cooks! It was yummy!

Apple Centers in Mrs. Stites' class

Mrs. Stites' class and Mrs. Dye's class joined together for centers all about apples. The classes were mixed for the centers. In Mrs. Stites' classroom the children played Apple Bingo using their reading vocabulary. They made apple prints using apples cut in two different directions. The children enjoyed seeing the star in the middle of the apple. The children also played 'Hot Apple' and 'Apple, Apple, Pie!' What a fun way to celebrate apples!

Apple Centers in Mrs. Dye's class

Mrs. Stites' class and Mrs. Dye's class joined together for learning centers all about apples. In Mrs. Dye's classroom children made painted trees by tracing their hand and arm for the trunk. They made apple smiles using apple slices, peanut butter and marshmallows. The children played apple memory using reading vocabulary words and also did apple puzzles. What a fun afternoon!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Grandparents Day

We celebrated our grandparents by inviting them into our room to watch what we do during our day in first grade. We read out loud to them and did a nice job using expression. We are learning about the exclamation point, the question mark, the comma, and the period. We read our stories really well. We sang a phonics song, a vowel and consonant song, and also the days of the week and months of the year songs. We played a Bingo game using our Reading vocabulary, and Fruit Loops as markers. Yum! We finished the special day by eating lunch with our grandparents and special friends.

Leaf Centers

We had a lot of fun with leaf learning centers. We worked with leaf words using letter tiles, painted positive and negative images of leaves, made leaf graphs by drawing leaf cards out of a bag, ironed crayon shavings around leaves, and stamped and labeled the parts of a plant on our own picture. The centers were very fun. We learned a lot today.