First Grade

Sudoku

Not a numbers person? Perfect! This game doesn’t really involve numbers. In fact, the boxes could just as easily be filled with letters of the alphabet, shapes or even pictures! Numbers are only used because they are well-recognized symbols. Puzzles are a great activity for kids. They exercise the brain, help develop logical reasoning, and […]

A Logic Puzzle is a Problem

A Logic Puzzle is a Problem

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca This story is a biography, B GRA, about how Temple Grandin shows her perseverance and how she thinks differently, how her thoughts are in pictures. It is that same ability to think in pictures that led her to solve a real-life problem. […]

First Grade Poetry Grid

Poetry is magic…it allows you to break all the rules about punctuation, capitalizaion and spacing you have been taught. Poetry is a ‘rule breaker’ in which creative license is given to writers. Catherine, “The Brown Bag Teacher” came up with “My Poetry Promise” in which students commit to responsibly using poetry’s special privileges. I, ___________, […]

What is a Magic Square?

What is a Magic Square?

The Magic Square Puzzle!  An excellent way to build math and critical thing skills. The puzzles are believed to have been discovered in China about 4000 years ago. In a Magic Square, every row, column and diagonal all add up to make the same total. In a traditional 3 by 3 magic square, the digits 1 […]

See the World: Kenya

See the World: Kenya

Second stop…..let’s board the plane and head to Kenya! When visiting another country it is always helful to know a few basic words in order to effectively communicate! What language is spoken in Africa? Do you know any African words? What are they?  Can you share them with your classmates? Let’s look at the video […]

William O. Schaefer Library Renovation

William O. Schaefer Library Renovation

One of the mindset mantras at  William O. Schaefer (WOS) is, “We don’t do EASY, we make easy happen through hard work and learning!” As learners, students at WOS are curious and always looking for ways to better understand their surroundings. Our students are social, expressive and creative. They strive to better understand the school […]

Dewey Decimal System Day

The Dewey Decimal System Day is observed every year on December 10th in honor of Melvil Dewey. December 10, 1851, is the birthday of Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification. Dewey’s interest in simplification led him to create a system that revolutionized library science. Born Melville Louis Kosuth Dewey […]

Hour of Code December 3-9, 2018

Hour of Code December 3-9, 2018

Before we start our coding session there are a few things you should know. At the root of all computer science is something called an algorithm. The word “algorithm” may sound like something complicated, but really it’s just a list of instructions that someone can follow to achieve a result. A program is an algorithm […]

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