This week we shifted our focus to giving thanks! We started a class bulletin board with pictures and words that describe what we are thankful for. We began reading books about Thanksgiving and learned why giving thanks was so important to the Pilgrims. Of course this weeks' top highlight was our Pajama Friday! Students loved wearing their pajamas to school, and had fun during our Drop Everything and Create time. Thank you to those of you that sent in recyclables!
This week was a very special week! With the long weekend ahead of us, we wanted to learn all about Veterans Day. We read a book about Veterans, read a poem about Veterans, and discussed how to write a letter. We learned that letters start with Dear, and typically close with: From, Your Friend, or Love. We created a class brainstorm bubble about what we could say to our Veterans, and used the information in our bubble to write letters. On Thursday, we even got to meet a Veteran at Loker! Coincidentally, the 4th grade was having a special class visit from a Veteran. We spotted him on our way back from library (my heart was happy to hear the whole class jump with excitement to tell me, " Look Mrs. McCarthy...a Veteran!"). We were able to hear a little about where he has served and will be serving. These letters, along with thank you pictures and the class photo below, were sent to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital in Bedford.
It was an active week in first grade! Students (and teachers) and enjoyed seeing each other's costumes and had fun telling the class which character they were. We reviewed the life cycle of a pumpkin, and finally had a chance to count all of our pumpkin seeds! Boy, there sure were a lot of them! We were all pleasantly surprised to find out that the medium sized pumpkin had the most seeds! We practiced our ALICE safety drill and discussed important rules to keep all students safe.