Below you’ll find an evolving list of optional enrichment activities to support student learning at home during this period. Staying safe, supporting each other, spending time outside, exercising, and stepping away from our screens when possible is the best way to support each other in this unprecedented time.  I’m thinking about each of you and sending positive thoughts your way.  

This is a working document!  I’ll keep adding to it and sharing ideas every few days.  Please continue to use ClassDojo to communicate with me about your progress or questions. 

  • Practice counting! 
    • Count anything you can find.  Go outside and collect leaves or pinecones and find out how many!  Think about how you can organize collections of objects into groups to make counting easier. 
  • Add and Subtract! 
    • Our goal is to have all first graders have the ability to add and subtract using numbers 1-12 with confidence. 
    • While we can’t send you worksheets at this time, you can always have your kids work on “Today’s Number!”  It’s a routine where they select a number and try to share or write or build (with objects) as many different ways to make that number as they can.  If Today’s Number was 12, we’d want them to come up with:  10+2,  6+6, 9+3 and as many other ways as possible. 
  • Story Problems
    • They can create them or you can.  
    • Example:  You were collecting rocks in the yard.  First you found 7. Later you found 6.  The next day you found 3.  How many rocks did you find?  
      • What is the most efficient way to solve this?  
      • Are there different ways to come up with the correct answer? 
      • Can you draw a picture to represent your thinking? 
      • Can you create a number-line or even a 100’s chart? 
  • Measurement Practice
    • Measure 5-10 objects around your house to the nearest half-inch.
      *If you do not have a ruler, choose an object to measure with! (shoe, pencil, envelopes, etc.) Find the half-way point and measure to the nearest half-unit! Compare measurements with someone at home.
  • Counting Collections and How Many Tens?  
    • Collect a group of objects within your home (coins, pasta noodles, etc.) - Start small (between 15-25), then collect more if you're up for a challenge. 
    • How many different ways can you make equal groups?  
    • Make them into groups of 10.  Write a number sentence to go with it.
  • Telling Time Review
    • Practice telling time to the nearest hour or 30-minutes.  Have someone draw clocks for you to read or use. Or draw your own!  
    • Think About Elapsed Time; how much time has passed or how much time until something starts.  Have someone give you start and end times

The most important way to help maintain your first graders developing literacy skills is to practice reading and writing. 
  • You can read to them and they can read to you. 
  • They can practice writing whenever possible.  
    • If they create a written piece, feel free to take a picture of it and send it to me! 
    • If they create and work in a journal, we’d be happy to read it together when we’re back in school. 
Here is a developing list of resources that may help you find materials, inspire your children to practice reading and writing.
This is a great resource! -  free online activities and books for first graders.
Mo Willems is hosting a lunch doodling time each day.  Kids LOVE him!
All first graders know and enjoy storytellers reading books to them

Research Project Idea!
Science, Reading, Writing, Communication, and Social Studies

Please remember that this work is optional! 

This is the time of year when first graders learn about an important person in the world.  We’ve already read biographies about Martin Luther King Jr., Emmanuel Yeboah, Jane Goodall, Ella Fitzgerald, and a few other people that have made the world a better place. We’ve discussed the characteristics that make these people special.  Your kids created a list that included: bravery, determination, kindness, an understanding and value of individual differences, and desire to share their message with others. 

If you’d like to tackle this research project at home, here are the steps! 
  1. Choose a person to study. - Pebble Go is an outstanding resource for first graders.  If you go to our school webpage, then navigate to the library page and you’ll find it. It has many people to choose from, but please select someone whom you think has done something to make the world better. Pebble Go will read text to you, as well!
  2. Write some notes about the person you’re learning about. 
    • When were they born? 
    • Where did they live?
    • Who did they help? 
    • What was their work? 
    • What characteristics (what type of person were they) did they have that helped them make a difference for others. 
  3. Draw a picture of that person doing their work or sharing their message. 
  4. Decide how you want to share what you’ve learned with others.  You can make a video, create a poster, write and illustrate in a journal, write a play to act out, build a model with blocks or legos and then tell the person’s story with that as a background.  It’s totally up to you.  If you’re able to send me your project, I’ll pop it in your ClassDojo Portfolio and we can all see it when we’re back at school together. 

Science and Social Studies and Art 

New Mystery Science Lesson:
A very cool virtual place to tour some famous museums around the world.
This tool uses Google Earth to explore some of America’s most breathtaking National Parks.