Monday, May 15, 2017

Pineland Farms

We had a super time on our field trip today! The kids learned a lot about what different types of farm animals do for us. From the cow who gives us milk to different breeds of cows that we get our meat from, and draft horses that do the heavy work on a farm, we got to interact with many different kinds of animals. Although it was a bit chilly, we were lucky that the rain held off until we had just finished our picnic lunches. This picturesque farm with it's emerald green rolling hills is the perfect place to bring kids.  It makes me so grateful to live in Maine!







We met the enormous draft horses that can be found pulling a wagon through the Old Port during the holidays in December.


We learned that hens aren't ready to lay eggs until they have both a wattle and a comb.  We made our own wattles and combs with our fingers!





The hen house was one of the funniest places to visit. The kids got a real kick out of carefully walking among the hens. As you can see in the picture above, they even untied my shoes, thinking my shoelaces were worms!






Some of us had enough, and were happier watching the pecking hens behind the safety of a closed door!



Have you ever met a pig with curly hair?! Well, we did! These cute creatures even let us carefully touch their course, wiry fur. We learned that they make great bacon!
This shy, young cow will travel to the fairs in the fall, and much to the kids' dismay will be great beef for someone one day.


We had to be very quiet and calm to earn the trust of the 3 cute alpacas.  They had recently been sheared. Not only are they great for their fiber, but they can also help protect the boundary of farms.
 Just look at the eyes on this sweet calf!




The dairy cows were extremely friendly, and would have slobbered all over all of us if we let them!





The final treat of the day was meeting this adorable 7-day-old goat. Her soft fur and sweet eyes won over all of our affection!!
A quick picnic lunch before the drizzle started was the perfect way to end our fun, educational morning!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Animal Reaearch Projects

This spring the kids each researched a different Maine animal.

With Mr. Fleury's help,  they researched their animal on iPads, and took notes on a graphic organizer.





After collecting their information, the students recorded the audio and chose photos for a presentation of their animal.

Also, students created a depiction of their animal in art class with Mr. Plourde.

The animals are posted bulletin board in the front hallway of school, with a "QR Code" that can be scanned, using an iPad, so that their presentations can be heard.


This has been a fun interdisciplinary project for the kids to learn more about animals.

You can view and listen to the presentations at home by clicking the following link:

Animal Research Projects

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Reader's Theater: Billy Goats Gruff and Chicken Little

We wrapped up this series of Reader's Theater with two performances today.

Violet, Peter, Zoey and Noah  performed "Chicken Little," which can be found by clicking on the YouTube link below.



We were also treated to Freyja, Jeremiah, Lucy and Oscar's rendition of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," which can be found here:



Monday, May 1, 2017

Reader's Theater: On the Farm

Please click on the YouTube link to see our most recent Reader's Theater performance. 

You'll hear Caleb as The Dog, Madison as The Horse and Ryan as The Farmer. Once again I apologize for my loud voice,  as I was filming and playing the part of The Chicken.

Happy Viewing!







Friday, April 28, 2017

Writing Stories With a Beginning, Middle and End

Our first grade writers know that authors often get inspired by reading other author's books. We begin most of our weeks of writing by reading interesting books. When they make a connection to those books, those connections help to inspire our first graders in their own writing.

This week, we began by reading Down the Road by Alice Schertle.

After reading this story about a young girl who gets to go to the store by herself for the first time, the children brainstormed ideas for times that they felt proud because they did something by themselves for the first time.

We spent 2 days writing and editing stories with a beginning, middle and end. The students were encouraged to write about how they felt during each part of the story.

Finally, yesterday, the kids were excited to share their stories with a partner.  Enjoy the pictures, and feel free to check in with your child about what proud moment they wrote about!