Category: 1st Grade

1st Grade Memory Walls with Padlet

CaptureIt’s getting close to the end of the year, so many classes are recalling the good times they’ve had together. Today First graders at Holladay Elementary created memory walls using Padlet. Padlet is an online bulletin board where students can post notes, pictures, videos, and files. Teachers create accounts, but students don’t need to sign in or anything, so it’s very easy for them to use. We gave the students a link to their teacher’s boards, and all they had to do was double click on the board to create a new post. They typed their name at the top, then they typed a sentence or two about their favorite memory of first grade. Next they used the webcam to take a snapshot of themselves and added that to the note. With Padlet, posts appear on the board immediately, so students can see each other’s work, and even offer helpful suggestions. You can take a look at their memory walls here: Valvoda, French, and Schemmel.

1st Grade Flower Fraction Graphs

MykalaFirst graders at Laburnum have been learning about spring (Science SOL1.7) and fractions (Math SOL1.3). So today students in Ms. Wingfield’s class made spring flower fraction graphs. First we helped them log into Google classroom where I gave them a Google spreadsheet template that you can copy here (File > Make a Copy). The students had a choice of four flower bouquets photos. They picked one and deleted the others. Then they counted the number of flowers for each color. They typed the color and the number into the correct columns on the spreadsheet and a graph was automatically generated. Below the graph, you can see the fractions of the group. Click the sample tab at the bottom of the template to see a finished product. You can also take a look at the student samples here.

1st Grade Spring PowToons

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 2.42.19 PMFirst graders at Davis Elementary have been learning about the changes that happen in the weather, plants, animals, and people in the spring (SOL1.7), so today students in Ms. Long’s class created animated spring pictures using PowToon. First we discussed some of the changes that happen, and I showed them a few samples so they would get an idea of how a finished PowToon animation looks. Once they had their ideas, we helped them log into PowToon with their Google accounts and get started. First we changed the background and added text. I showed them how each element has it’s own timeline for when it appears and when it leaves. Next we looked through the various free clipart galleries and added some images that were spring related. The last step was to add a speech bubble and make one of the characters say a sentence about the spring. We copied the links to our finished PowToons and posted them to Google classroom so our classmates could watch our animations. You can see a few samples here.

1st Grade Fractions in Google Docs

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.21.49 AMFirst graders at Holladay Elementary have been learning about fractions showing halves, thirds, and fourths (SOL1.3), so today students in Ms. Bower’s class reviewed their fractions while learning how to use Google Docs for the first time. It took a while to help sign everyone into their Google accounts and get into Google classroom, but once we were there, I had posted a blank template for them to open. They typed the word “Fractions” at the top, and I showed them how to change the font, size, and color of the text. Next I demonstrated how to create a simple 1×2 table using the Table dropdown in the menu. The students created their table, and I asked how we could use that to show 1/2. They replied that they could color in one section of the table. I showed them how to use the paint bucket tool to fill in a section any color they wanted. Then we typed “1/2” in the remaining section. We followed the same procedure for thirds by creating a 1×3 table, but I let them decide whether they wanted to show 1/3 or 2/3, and they filled in the appropriate sections. By this time some of them were familiar enough with the procedure to create their fourths fraction on their own. Since all the tables were the same length I asked them how many fourths would fill in the same amount as 1/2? They could easily see that 2/4 = 1/2. They decided whether to show 1/4, 2/4, or 3/4 and wrote the fraction. Finally we helped them post the links to their fractions on Google classroom, and they enjoyed looking at each others’ creations. You can take a look at some of them here.

1st Grade Compound Words & Shapes

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 7.46.08 AMFirst graders at Laburnum Elementary have been learning about compound words (SOL1.6g) in language arts, and they’ve been studying shapes (SOL1.13) in math. So today students in Ms. Schumacher’s class created their first Google documents using compound words about shapes. We helped them log into their Google accounts and into Google classroom where I posted a blank template as an assignment. I showed them how to choose a font, size, and color, as well as how to type capitals and periods. Next we brainstormed some compound words that were shapes (pancake, football, bookmark, sunflower, hamburger, blueberry, cheesecake, bathtub, corndog, breadstick, watermelon, notebook, blacktop, etc). I instructed them to type a complete sentence using a compound work and a second sentence identifying its shape. When they were finished with their sentences I showed them how to add an image using the Google image search. We posted the links to their documents on Google classroom so they could read at each others’ sentences. You can read a few samples here.

1st Grade Push-Pull Animations

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 3.10.09 PMFirst graders at Holladay Elementary have been learning about force, and specifically push and pull motions (SOL1.2). So today students in Ms. Schemmel’s class created push and pull animations to illustrate these forces. We used ABCYa! Animate to create the animations. First we reviewed and demonstrated push and pull motions. I pointed out that the force is usually in front of an object when pulling, and it’s behind the object when pushing. The students used clip art and their own drawings to illustrate either a push or a pull. After saving the finished animations as GIF files, we uploaded them to our Google classroom page so we could look at each others’ and comment on them. I posted a few examples here for you to see.

1st Grade Goods & Services

chefFirst graders at Davis Elementary have been learning about goods and services (SOL1.7) so today students in Ms. Long’s class created Pixie drawings showing what they want to be when they grown up and telling whether they would provide goods or services. They used the brush tool to paint parts of the picture, but they also used clipart from the Stickers library. Then they added a photo of themselves with the webcam tool. The last step was to type a sentence identifying their job and the goods or services they provide. We exported their pictures as .jpg images, and I showed them how to upload the files to their Google classroom page. Since the classroom page is private, I also uploaded them here for you to see.


1st Grade Turkey Stories

karenThanksgiving is coming up, and 1st graders in Ms. Tyler’s class at Laburnum Elementary have been practicing their new writing skills by writing about what they would do if they were a turkey. They had already written their stories out on paper, and today they wanted to publish them. We used Pixie because it not only has some turkey clip art, but the students could also paint their own turkeys if they wanted. First they typed their sentences out, which was a lot of work for 1st graders this early in the year! Next they added a turkey picture and put a photo of their face on the turkey’s head. Finally we exported the Pixie documents to JPEG files so we could post them on our Google classroom page. I also posted them here so you could see them.


1st Grade Motion Animations

motionFirst graders in Ms. Gerrard’s class at Davis Elementary have been studying different types of motion: straight, circular, pushing, pulling, vibrating, and back and forth motions. Animations are a great way to show motion! Today we used ABCYa! Animate to illustrate different motions. I instructed the students to pick a motion and to try to make it unique, something the other students in the class wouldn’t think of doing. Then they started drawing the first scene. I showed them how to duplicate it several times with the Copy Cat button to slow down the animation. Then they changed the image slightly to show the type of motion they were trying to display and duplicated that several times as well. Since it’s a loop, the motion just continues through the two different images and it looks like constant motion. They saved it as a GIF file, and I published them all to a Google Doc that you can see here. As you can see, Ms. Gerrard’s first graders did a great job being creative and sharing unique types of motion!

1st Grade Fact Families

factfamToday I tried out two new web tools with Ms. Edmond’s first graders at Holladay Elementary. She’s always willing to try new things! They have been learning about fact families in math (SOL1.5) so we illustrated some fact families with QuikSlides and SketchToy. I like both of these sites a lot because they are easy to use and don’t require a login. QuikSlides is a way to make a simple slideshow. You can change the font and color of the slides and even link to online images and videos. You can also set a password so you can go back and edit your slideshow later. The slideshows can be viewed online with any device including the iPads! The students made a new slide for each of the four members of the fact family that they wanted to show. You can see their slideshows by clicking here. Next we created animated illustrations of those fact families using SketchToy. With SketchToy you can draw pictures and then watch an animated replay of your drawing. The students especially liked how they could adjust the vibration of the lines. The students drew a picture showing the number of objects in their fact families and then wrote out the corresponding addition and subtraction equations. I instructed them to make the color of the objects match the numbers. Most of them did a great job following directions. I put all their links together into a Google doc that you can check out here: