Welcome to our amazing learning laboratory otherwise
known as Room 106! Prepare to explore and discover!
We are all a part of the Ascension school community. After a terrific discussion
about what it means to be a member of this community the children created
seven rules we would all follow to make our classroom an amazing place to
learn and grow. We then made models of ourselves and nameplates
for our door to show that all are welcome into our terrific classroom of
kind, caring, thoughtful and faith-filled students. WELCOME TO ROOM 106!
Partner Spelling is a favorite activity that
allows students to work with a partner and
independently spell the words of the week using
common patterns. One partner reads the spelling
word while the other spells it out on the dry-erase
board. When the list is complete the partners
switch. The children enjoy working together
and helping each other.
In Science we explored how some animals grow and
change by learning about the lifecycle of a sea turtle.
The children showed mastery of sequencing by
illustrating the sea turtle life cycle and identifying
how a sea turtle changes during each stage of
growth when they shared their sea turtle life cycle
projects with each other. We had fun discussing how
we change as we grow!
We love to listen to stories in room 106! The children
were able to respond to questions about the major
events in a story using key details and identifying
the order of events. The children enjoyed sequencing
this folk tale with classmates. Volunteers enthusiastically
unscrambled the story cards and retold the main events
of the story.
During this "picture walk" activity the children gained a better understanding of the characters, setting and
main details of a story. They came to the realization that the illustrations were helpful in understanding
the text more effectively. We love working with partners to share knowledge and learn cooperatively.
We enjoy celebrating birthdays
in room 106! The birthday child
is asked what he/she hopes to
accomplish in his/her 7th year.
Our birthday boy today hopes that he
will be great first grader in his 7th year!
It is such a joy to be with these precious children
When we left school on Friday we had three chrysalises in the
habitat. We were so excited to arrive today with two butterflies
fluttering around the remaining chrysalis. We carefully observed the
butterflies and identified all the parts we learned about last week.
Since we observed the final stage of the butterfly lifecycle the children
completed their lifecycle project. We felt mixed emotions of
excitement and sadness as we watched our butterfly friends flutter
into the bright blue sky. We know they are much happier in their
The children developed Math vocabulary that enabled them to write and solve addition number sentences.
They identified the parts of a number sentence by using the display on the board to show classmates each
element. Dry-erase work mats and manipulatives were the tools used strategically for extra practice.
Word problems were given orally and the children demonstrated perseverance by working through each
problem using counters to show the addends and writing and solving the number sentence. The children
then worked with a partner to name each part of the number sentence.
We learned how to better understand a story by having
a group discussion to identify the beginning, middle and
and end of Rainbow Fish. We then reflected on the special
gift Rainbow Fish shared and completed an extension
activity to identify our own special gifts. We also searched
for and found descriptive words in the story and used our
imaginations to illustrate many more descriptive words
We love learning sight words when working with a partner
using game boards. Did you know that we will know 175
sight words by the end of first grade? Did you know that
these words are 70% of all the words we will be reading
in first grade level texts? Wow, that is why Mrs. B. makes
learning all of the sight words so fun!
Aunt Minnie and the Twister and The Little Engine That Could are two "Read-a-Louds" we used to
develop listening comprehension skills in grade 1. During this lesson, the stories were used to reinforce the
comprehension skills of identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story to help us retell the story details.
Background knowledge was built by reading and discussing a non-fiction selection about tornadoes and
viewing photos of train engines. The stories were read from an anthology with no pictures. We talked about
and used visualization to get a better understanding of what happened in each story. The children were then
asked to draw the ending of each story. We then looked at the picture book version of the stories. We had
great fun comparing and contrasting the drawings the children made with the illustrators' drawings.
The life cycle of a butterfly is fascinating! We had the
good fortune this year of observing a caterpillar
spin and wiggle himself into a chrysalis. Wow, that
was incredible! We worked on projects to help us
better understand the four stages of a butterfly
lifecycle and how the parts of a butterfly help it
survive. We can't wait to see the monarch emerge
to see firsthand how butterflies are symmetrical!
On our very first day of school we learned all about what
a solar eclipse is and how to be safe when viewing this
"game of hide and seek" with the sun and moon. The
children modeled what happens during a solar eclipse
using a globe, the "moon" and a bright light for the sun.
Later in the day they used their solar glasses to observe
this spectacle. Mrs. B. and Miss Rippin were amazed
when the air cooled and the sky turned dark. WOW!
It was fun to get to know each other the
first week of school. We talked about what we
like to do and created self portraits. We filled
out our "What Makes Me" form and showed
our classmates our portraits. We are so lucky
to have three students join us in room 106
who are new to our school community.
We know they will love Ascension School!