Monday, January 25, 2016

Published Persuasive Movies!

Over the past few weeks first graders have been hard at work wearing many different hats-- researchers, note takers, authors, illustrators, and producers. We are very proud of our finished product-- a persuasive movie about the season we think is the best. The process was a long one-- but it was worth it! Here are the steps we took to complete our finished product:


  1. We researched the four seasons and took notes in a research notebook.
  2. We chose which season we thought was the best and made a list of reasons why.
  3. We rated our reasons on a scale of 1-4 to find our strongest, most persuasive reasons.
  4. We wrote a catchy lead sentence to grab our audience’s attention.
  5. We drafted our reasons using transition words and juicy details!
  6. We came up with snazzy titles to make our movies more appealing.
  7. We illustrated and researched pictures for each reason.
  8. We imported our pictures into the iMovie app and recorded our movie!
We are SO excited to finally be able to share our finished product with our families and friends! We hope that we are able to persuade you to believe the season we chose is the best season of all!  

Click on our names below to watch. Enjoy!
















Friday, January 22, 2016

We are SUPER scientists!

It has been an exciting few weeks in first grade. We have especially been learning A LOT of science. Be sure to ask us about the four seasons, recycling, and chickens!!

Ready, Set, ACTION! We have been SUPER busy during writing time wrapping up our persuasive unit. First graders are writing scripts to produce their very first persuasive movies using the ipad app iMovie! The purpose of our movies is to persuade our audience of what season is the best. We wrote some snazzy topic sentence that will be sure to catch our listeners attention and then wrote juicy details that will convince them without a doubt! On Thursday and Friday we wrote a closing and starting planning out our illustrations and pictures.  Stay tuned for the finished product….


Recycling! Ms. P and Mr. Musselman of the Burlington Science Center, came and talked to Pine Glen students about trash and recycling. We learned that there are three types of trash: food waste, trash, and recycling. They challenged us to reduce the amount of trash we have at lunch by recycling more. Each day after lunch we have spent time separating our trash into three barrels. Ask your student about what they learned about recycling and talk about how you can help the environment by recycling at home. Check out some pictures of the assembly below!


Chickens! On Friday, Ms. P came to teach us all about chickens! Next week, our chicken eggs will arrive and we will watch them hatch into baby chicks. We are so excited for our classroom visitors!
Hoot Hoot Hooray! Pine Glen students earned their school wide prize of having a Whip Nae Nae dance party!!  We are now working towards earning a Pine Glen Movie Day! We are excited to keep being appropriate, safe and kind to earn more hoots!!
Talking Tidbits
-School Whip Nae Nae Video
-Exploring and choosing NEW to us books in library
-Earning more hoots for a movie day!
-Science Center Assembly on Recycling
-Learning about Chickens with Ms. P!
-Our chick eggs coming Monday!!!
-Writing our persuasive movies on the best season. (Ask us what our reasons are!)
-New Glued Sounds! ink ank unk onk



Authors at Work!







Recycling Assembly!





Learning about chickens with Ms. P!



Friday, January 8, 2016

Back in Action!

Happy New Year families! We had a great first week back to school!

In phonics we learned about and practiced writing words with four new glued sounds: ing, ang, ong and ung. We also learned our new trick words- by, my, try, and why. Don’t forget, first graders can always practice these rules and trick words at home too!

In science we began researching the four seasons, and even got our very own research journals! We researched using books and on the Brainpop Jr. app on our iPads. We took careful notes on weather, activities, clothes, foods, and other interesting facts on each season.

In math we continued solving addition and subtraction story problems, and learned how to solve story problems that ask more than one question!

During our library block we read the story The Hat by Jan Brett, and then began creating a picture glyph of a sock or a hat. We added details such as colors, stripes, or polka dots depending on our favorite seasons, our age, and the number of siblings we have. We loved creating these glyphs on our iPads on the Drawing Pad app!

Talking Tidbits
-Glued sounds ing, ang, ong, ung
-Researching the seasons!
-Our chicken eggs at the Science Center!
-What books we read this week!
-Creating hat/sock glyphs in library
-Solving 2 part story problems
-Our last Mystery Reader!

Ryan's Grandmother came in to read to us!