April Showers Bring May Flowers


In writers’ workshop we started a new unit on crafting realistic fiction or animal fantasy stories.  Each student created their own character, person or animal.  They decided how old they are, what their name is, what they like/dislike, what they want, and what they are afraid of.  The next step was thinking of a problem their character could have or face and different ways to resolve the problem.  We had to think about how our character would feel, what they would think, and what they would say about this problem.  After the planning phase, students moved on to writing phase and writing their story over 5-page booklets.  Once students finish one book, they will draft another book for their series.




In readers’ workshop, each student selected a series to read.  As they read, they are studying how the story elements change and stay the same across a series.  Each student has a journal to record what they are noticing about each book in their series.  They are looking for patterns in the characters, who they are, what they do, and how they respond.  Students are also looking for problems in the book and how the character responds.  Is the setting influencing the character?



We have been working on our automatic recall of addition facts.  We learned some strategies to help us solve 2-digit addition facts: using a number grid, breaking the numbers into 10s and 1s (longs and cubes), and changing the number to 10 and then subtracting the difference. 



In science we have been learning a lot about animals and how they survive.  We noticed that animals are a lot like us.  We learned about engineers and how they design things after animals they find in nature.  A train in Japan (the Bullet train) was designed after a bird, the Kingfisher, it can dive into the water quickly and hardly make a splash!  The train was designed to mimic the beak and head of the bird, and it is the fastest train in the world.  We even became engineers ourselves! We thought of physical problems that we have on the playground: getting blisters on the monkey bars, feet slipping on the equipment, losing grip on monkey bars, and the slides being too hot on hot, sunny days they burn our legs.  Then students thought of an animal that they can design their creation after to prevent this problem from happening.  Next, students worked in small groups and used the resources we could find in our classroom to build their design.  Once they were finished, we tested them out on the playground. 



Important dates:


Monday, May 1st - Half Day - May Day Celebration (10:30)

Thursday, May 4th - Philadelphia Zoo Trip (9:00-3:00)

Friday, May 26th - Field Day (All Day)

Monday, May 29th - NO SCHOOL

Friday, June 2nd - Friendship Day (9:00-12:00)

Friday, June 9th - Carboard Arcade

Wednesday, June 14th - Flag Day (Wear Red, White & Blue)

Thursday, June 22nd - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL




Special Schedule: 

Monday - Art

Tuesday - Physical Education

Wednesday - Music & Spanish

Thursday - Media

Friday - Spanish & Music




 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: breannescullin@hvrsd.org.




Breanne Scullin

First Grade Teacher

Bear Tavern Elementary School