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Morning Bins for Skill Building
This summer I was the recipient of $500 in partnership funds from the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri. With this generous grant I was able to purchase a huge variety of "toys" that will help . . .
Fall Fun in First
We read a story titled "Seasons" this week. We learned all about the different things that happen during our four seasons in Missouri. Students knew it was fall right now from the leaves and temperature outside, so we went on a leaf . . .
Making Segmenting Words “Pop”
During small reading groups, students have been practicing segmenting consonant vowel consonant words like pig, bat, etc. We use tap out the word on our fingers to count the sounds. Then we use counters to mark the sounds. Finally, we . . .
Fabulous Start in First Grade
We are having a great start in Mrs. Hamilton's first grade! We have worked diligently on learning our classroom's expectations and procedures. Together we created our Big 3 rules: Be responsible. Be kind. Be . . .
First-Grade Students Write Non-fiction Texts
First-grade students recently created non-fiction books about an animal of their choosing. After reading to learn about the animal, they used graphic organizers to help find good facts to include in their writing. They also created . . .
First Grade Celebrates 120 Days of School
We are lucky to have had 120 days of in-person school this year! We enjoyed celebrating together. Counting and writing numbers to 120 is a big first-grade skill. We played games, colored pictures, and made a fun snack mix of 120 items. Thank . . .
St. Patrick’s Day Fun
To celebrate Arts Appreciation and Music in Our Schools Month, even more, this week, we combined it with St. Patty's day for even more fun. After reading "How to Catch a Leprechaun" students enjoyed watching Art Hub for Kids to . . .
Never Too Late for a Lovely Celebration
We were excited to celebrate Valentine's Day a little belated but it was fun nonetheless. Students stacked candy heart with each hand one at a time then with a spoon and straw. I added some math fun with graphing the colors of the candy . . .
Learning with Technology
Our class was so excited to receive our set of classroom computers. Each student has one. We have been learning how to log on, use the trackpad, find keys on the keyboard and utilize Google Classroom to find our Symbaloo and access websites . . .
Cosmic Math Fun in First!
Once in a while, the teacher stars align and a lesson just makes itself. That happened in first grade today. We were celebrating a students half birthday, which we do for those having June and July birthdays. He graciously brought treats for . . .
Fun Fall Celebration
We were so grateful to celebrate Fall together Friday, October 30. We enjoyed the Addams Family cartoon, trick or treating around the room, and Halloween 4-in-a-row. And we can't forget all the fun treats and snacks families sent to help . . .
August & September Character Education Winners
We celebrated our August and September Character Education winners Friday, September 25, 2020. Mrs. Altiser hosted a Google Meet that allowed students to hear their names called for each of the three awards - academic, behavior and character . . .
Warming Up in First Grade
We are off to a great start in first grade! We have been diligently practicing letter formation and sounds, number formation and addition. This easy game can be played at home too. Students use 2 die, roll them and then write an equation . . .
Self Monitoring & Self Correcting
Many families spend a considerable amount of time reading together but may wonder how to best help their child as they learn to read. One of the best thing and the hardest thing to do is to allow a reader to make mistakes. Making . . .
First Grade Fact Fluency
First grade has recently started devoting intervention time to math facts. Each student is working on the fact set they need to master, which means many of them are on different sets. We group math facts by number, like +1, +2, etc. At the . . .
Fabulous Fall Fun!
Thanks to our room parents for a great Fall Party!
First Grade Visits PC Fair!
First grade enjoyed a trip to the Putnam County Fair to see the livestock, 4-H and open exhibits. They even got to pet Mrs. Hamilton's heifer. Students were very appreciative of the ice cream cones too! Thank you for the generous . . .
Students Use Audio to Record Opinions
Students recently wrote their opinion on the best fruit or best outdoor activity. After each piece was finished we used a site called Little Bird Tales to create digital artwork to represent their opinion. Then students recorded themselves . . .
First Grade Celebrates Read Across America Week
First-graders enjoyed a week celebrating reading on February 25 - March 1, 2019. We had a Dr. Suess themed week of read-aloud, activities, and dress-up days. Monday was Green Eggs & Ham - wear green; Tuesday was Fox in Socks - wear . . .
Holiday Fun in First!
Holiday time in our classroom is always my favorite! We enjoyed listening to music by the "fireplace", building gingerbread houses (many thanks to our generous families for the donations!!!), doing Gingerbread write the room, . . .
Technology Fun in First Grade
First graders have been learning through a variety of fun, engaging platforms lately. Daily, we use our 4 Chromebooks and 2 iPads to access EPIC or Teach Your Monster to Read during our literacy centers. On EPIC students can access ebooks, . . .
Fall Party - Success!
We enjoyed a fall-tastic party Wednesday - all thanks to our amazing room parents! There were yummy snacks followed by fun games and prizes. Enjoy our photos!
Students Create Animal Covering Costumes in First Grade
Students and families in first grade recently created their first science project. We have been learning about animal coverings, such as fur, scales, shells and feathers. Students were given a human form to cover in a pretend animal . . .
Keeping First Grade Fabulous: Mrs. Amanda Hamilton
Please give a warm welcome back and congratulations to Mrs. Amanda Hamilton. 🙌🏻 Amanda is a native to the area and a 2007 Putnam County graduate. 👩🏼🎓After graduating high school, Amanda obtained her Bachelors in Business Management from . . .
About Mrs. Hamilton
Amanda Hamilton Welcome to first grade! As a 2007 graduate of Putnam County, I am delighted to be back in my school to educate our Mighty Midgets. I hold my B.S. . . .