The first grade celebrated our Catholic Schools Week theme, May God be with You, with a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Star Wars project today. The students were given uncooked spaghetti noodles and mini marshmallows to build a Rebel Alliance look-out tower. The taller the tower, the farther away they could spot the Empire attacking, so they were supposed to make it as tall as they could get it to stand by itself until time ran out. They had to work as a group, listen to everyone in the group's ideas, and every group member had to participate in the building. They had to decide the best shape for their towers and bases, the best size of the tower to make it sturdy, and when to stop building so it would stand on its own for the whole time period. They did an amazing job and had a lot of fun!
The students learned about magnets through many different hands-on experiments. They learned about what materials are attracted to magnets and which are not. They learned how magnets can both attract and repel. They also used magnets to do things like make a toy car go without touching it, make a magnet float in mid air, and roll balls across books without touching them. They had a lot of fun learning!
Back in November, right before Thanksgiving break, we had a pair of mystery readers that I somehow missed online. Sorry! The couple read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey" by Lucille Colandro. It is from the series The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and it is quite funny! The children enjoyed the story and the Thanksgiving goodie bags and snacks! I love all the giggles this book received!
We had a lot of fun preparing for and celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in first grade! For Thanksgiving, we invited our prayer partners to join us and we made a trail mix with each ingredient being a symbol of a blessing from the holiday. We then watched the Peanuts Thanksgiving while we ate our trail mix. For Christmas, our prayer partners invited us to make edible Christmas trees. We decorated them with green icing, licorice, chocolate chips, sparkles, and M&Ms. Then we had fun eating our beautiful and yummy trees! Another great surprise was a visit from Santa. He read The Night Before Christmas and gave each first grader a chance to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. We had a fun Christmas party where we shared snacks and drinks and even Christmas tree pizza. We played games and everyone won Christmas prizes. In addition to these great events, we had a visit from St. Nicholas, we read many Christmas stories, did Christmas crafts, and even made some ornaments. And of course we learned a lot about the real reason for the season, the birth of our Savior. We also lead Los Posadas throughout the school, the Mexican reenactment of the Holy Family looking for a place to stay.
Hello! I am Stacey Biggins, the first grade teacher at St. Joseph School. I am so excited to be teaching first grade! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or by sending a note with your child. I can also be reached at the school office by calling 717-632-0118. By working together, we will all have a blessed school year!
Mrs. Stacey Biggins
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First Grade Specials
Tuesday: Computer and Spanish