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Collect $1.00

We are playing lots of math games in first/second grade in order to become more fluent and efficient at adding and subtracting within 100.  These games are simple, quick, and easy to play at home with everyday objects.  One of … Continue reading

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Writing As “Experts”

Today we wrapped up our informational writing unit in first/second grade with a writing share celebration!  Fifth grade students, who also just completed an informational writing unit, came to our classroom to share their writing.  The first/second grade students were … Continue reading

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Snowflake Bentley

As part of our unit of study around nonfiction, we read an amazing biography the other day called Snowflake Bentley.  Snowflake Bentley is the story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont.  Bentley loved snowflakes more … Continue reading

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Close to 20

In first/second grade students are working on addition and subtraction by playing a fun and very useful game in math called Close to 20.  You can play this game at home with your child using a standard deck of playing cards (designate jacks as zero, … Continue reading

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Why are so many toys made out of plastic?

In this week’s Mystery Science lesson, first/second grade students discovered more about melting and the solid and liquid states of matter.   For this exploration, students learned why and how plastic was invented and then worked as teams to test … Continue reading

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The Ugly Pumpkin

After several weeks of practice and hard work, students in first/second grade shared their class play, The Ugly Pumpkin, at our school-wide assembly this afternoon.  They really worked together as a team and did an amazing job!  Click here to … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Dress-Up Day

Students at SES celebrated SPARKLING vocabulary words on Friday by dressing up in costume and labeling themselves with one very descriptive and interesting word.  Words in first/second grade included imperturbable, imaginary, desirous, infrastructure, dazzling, and stealthy.  Click here to see more photos of first/second … Continue reading

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