First Grade

PLTW light experiments, recording observations, working with short vowel and sight word activities, and a little math.

posted Nov 3, 2017, 4:01 PM by Norma Pettegrow   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 4:39 PM ]

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November 3rd, 2017 Class News in a blog.  We had another busy week! Enjoy watching students conduct experiments with light and recording their observations. One of the tools they used was a spectroscope (those are the little black instruments that look like a mini telescope). This allowed them to see a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength. In the slideshow, you will see students using some of our short vowel games and activities. There is also a picture of a "Sight Word Search" using a container of colored sand and word tiles. And finally, one studios little fellow is working hard in his math book. This is just a small peek at our very busy school days of learning.

Mrs. Pettegrow's First Grade Sound Unit

posted Feb 8, 2016, 12:17 PM by Norma Pettegrow   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 9:58 AM ]

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Mrs. Pettegrow’s First Grade News

First Grade students had a great time working on our Physical Science Standards:  Waves & Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer, 1-PS4-1 and 1-PS4-4.  Sounds like a mouth full right?!? In First Grade terms it means:  I can plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate. And, I can use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. We began our study focusing on sound with a KLEWS chart. K - What do we already know? W - What do we wonder or want to know? E - Evidence/Observations, S - Science stuff/vocabulary, and L - Did we answer the essential question? What did we learn? Our essential question was:  What is sound? The students used a collection of assorted materials to investigate, observe, design and build a device, and then record the results of some of their favorite investigations and experiments. Their recordings required 1. The answer to the essential question 2. A diagram of their favorite device with labels and 3. A description of their device, how it works, and the correct use of some of the science vocabulary words learned. We hope you enjoy the slideshow as much as we enjoyed our unit.

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