Student Led Conferences
This week, First Graders invited parents into the classroom to guide them through
discussion and activities about their growth and goals. At the Self-Assessment station, students shared their Self-Assessment Folder, a portfolio full of student reflection on everything from science to handwriting. At the math center, parents solved math problems that their children made just for them. At the reading and writing center, students showed parents a “just right” book from the beginning of the year, and a book that is just right now… and what a difference! At the science and social studies center, students showed parents how energy moves through our backyard biome, and how it moves through the tundra biome. It was a fantastic afternoon!
To celebrate completing our Cynthia Rylant unit in reading, First Graders chose their favorite Cynthia Rylant book and read it to a third grade partner. The Third Graders remembered studying Cynthia Rylant in grade one, and offered lovely encouragement and feedback to our young readers. Once finished, the partners shared other Cynthia Rylant books together in the sunny backyard.
We headed outside this week to experiment with water. To see evaporation and
condensation in action, we placed cups of water underneath a tented plastic bag in a sunny spot. Our hypothesis: that water from the cup would be warmed by the sun, evaporate, and then condense on the inside of the bag. We knew that water vapor rises from the ocean to make clouds, and our experiment mirrored that process in miniature.