Falling for First Grade!

Our 1st grade students have been enjoying the sights, smells, sounds, and even tastes of fall! After reading A Tree is Nice at the beginning of fall under the oak tree outside of the school, we did an observation of the tree; we’ll go back later in the fall to do another observation and then chart our results.

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The cooler weather always signals “Apple Math” week! We chopped up our apples and made homemade applesauce. Students tasted a variety of apples: apple pie, apple juice, dried apples, and raw apples.

Math is so much fun when it’s done with pumpkins! First, our students used props and flannel story cards from the story to retell The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything. Then we estimated the number of grooves in our class pumpkin, carved it into a jack-o-lantern, and listened to the story The Pumpkin Patch Parable as we were carving. We tallied the seeds and found that we had 453 seeds in our class pumpkin. Yummy! We toasted the seeds and tasted them, along with pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. If only we could have pumpkin math every week!

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