Classroom Updates

Classroom Updates

Classroom Updates: December 10th – December 14th

  • We worked on a fun Friday project. We read The Gingerbread Man and we made gingerbread glyphs. We had to decorate our glyphs according to our answers to questions about ourselves. For example, if our birthdays are in January, we would make our gingerbread person have blue and white hair. If we have one sister, our gingerbread person would have one stripe on each leg, etc.
  • We worked on creating a holiday gift for our parents. We’re very excited to give our gifts to our parents!
  • We had two rehearsals for the Peppermint Parade. Everyone has learned their poems and we are all excited for our big performance on Wednesday, December 19th.
  • In math we worked on writing story problems that matched given equations. We also worked on using different strategies to solve various types of word problems.
  • Mrs. Moules had us practice jump rope. We skipped over the jump rope and we did regular jumping over the jump rope.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us continue to work on our dot art.
  • Mrs. Harrigan played a button game with us in music class.

Classroom Updates: December 3rd – December 7th

  • We went to The Children’s Theater in Boston to see The Velveteen Rabbit.
  • We worked on our Peppermint Parade advertisements in writing.
  • We wrote about our special memories from the month of November.
  • In math we learned about fact families and we learned about related addition and subtraction math facts.
  • In Fundations we are working on spelling and reading words with an “s” suffix.
  • Mrs. Moules did jump rope games with us. We practiced “Around the World”, “Snake” and “Ocean Waves” with our jump ropes.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us continue working on our dot paintings.
  • Mrs. Harrigan read Imaginary Friends to us and we got to make sound effects with instruments for the story.
  • David Rottenberg, an author, visited our school. He read us a story called Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig and dancers from Burlington High School and Marshall Simonds Middle School performed his story as he read it.
  • We had our second practice for the Peppermint Parade. We said our poems on the stage, using the microphone. We also practiced our songs on the stage.
  • Ms. Scheffer and Mr. Murphy worked on coding activities with us in the Learning Commons.

Classroom Updates: November 26th – November 30th

  • We are learning about persuasive writing. We are writing advertisements for the Peppermint Parade. On our advertisements we have to include convincing reasons of why people should come to our performance.
  • In math we started topic 4. We are using a number line and making ten to help us solve subtraction problems.
  • In Fundations we are learning about the “s” suffix and we are spelling and reading words with an “s” suffix.
  • Mrs. Harrigan had us practice our songs for the Peppermint Parade. We also decorated hand for the 4th and 5th grade peace concert.
  • Mrs. Moules showed us how to play scooter soccer and we practiced using the scooters with a partner to get from one side of the gym to the other.
  • We had our first practice for the Peppermint Parade. We learned where we will sit during the performance, how to get on and off the stage and we practiced singing our songs. At our next practice we will practice saying our poems on the stage.  

Classroom Updates: November 19th – November 21st

  • We wrote about what we are thankful for.
  • We took our topic 3 math test. We also played Five-in-a-Row to practice our addition facts.
  • Mr. Rosenblatt let us watch Toy Story as a whole school reward for our excellent behavior. We also got to wear our pajamas.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us paint.
  • Mrs. Moules did stations with us.
  • We picked our poems for the Peppermint Parade.

Classroom Updates: November 13th – November 16th

  • In math we solved word problems and talked about different strategies we could use to solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • In Fundations we learned about two new glued sounds: /am/ and /an/.
  • We uploaded our Tree Books to Seesaw.
  • Ms. Scheffer showed us a new app. It’s a coding app and it’s called Lightbot.
  • We also used the Code-and-Go-Mice.
  • Mrs. Moules had us work at stations in p.e. class and we played several different games with jump ropes this week.
  • Mrs. Harrigan taught us more songs for our Peppermint Parade performance.
  • We welcomed a new student to our classroom. His name is Jonas. He is from Brazil.



Classroom Updates: November 7th – November 9th

  • We wrote about our special memories from the month of October.
  • We learned about Diwali. We want to wish our classmates and their families a Happy Diwali!
  • The first graders all met in Mrs. Carroll’s room to read a story about Veterans Day. We also wrote letters to members of the United States Armed Forces to thank them for their service.
  • Mrs. Moules taught us a snowman game in p.e. class. We had to build snowmen out of buckets and protect them from being knocked down by balls that were being thrown. If a snowman fell over we had to rebuild it. The team who had the most snowmen standing at the end of the game won.
  • Mrs. Harrigan started to teach us the songs that we will sing during our Peppermint Parade show.
  • In Fundations we completed our unit on bonus letters and the glued sound /all/.
  • In math we learned how you can make a 10 to solve addition problems.



Classroom Updates: October 29th – November 2nd

  • We are using an app called Book Creator to make a book about trees. Keep an eye out for it on Seesaw. We’ll upload it to Seesaw when it’s complete.
  • In math we have been working on memorizing our doubles facts. We have also learned about doubles-plus-one facts and doubles-plus-two facts.
  • In Fundations we learned about a new sound. It’s called a glued sound and the sound is: all. We are also continuing to spell and read words with bonus letters.
  • We watched Stella Luna, had a dance party and enjoyed our party-in-a-bag snacks on Wednesday.
  • Mrs. Harrigan showed us a musical called The Marvelous Musical Mansion.
  • Mr. Scarpulla showed us how to make minions in art this week.
  • Mrs. Moules showed us a new game called Hula Huts. There were throwers, builders, and blockers. Whichever team had more hula huts standing at the end of the game won. Throwers would throw balls towards the hula huts, builders would rebuild the huts if they were knocked down and blockers would try to prevent the huts from being knocked down.


Classroom Updates: October 22nd – October 26th

  • We created plant models in science class. We had to label each part of our plant and describe what the function of each part is.
  • On Wednesday we visited the Learning Commons to check out STEM activities that Ms. Scheffer and Mr. Murphy set up. Ms. Scheffer showed us a robotic mouse that we had to program to guide it through a maze to find it’s cheese.
  • We learned some new math games to help us with our addition and subtraction. The games are called Five in a Row, Roll and Record and Snake. We are learning how to use number lines to help us solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • In Fundations we are working on reading and spelling words that end with a bonus letter.
  • Mrs. Moules had us work at station games this week. We rotated through the different stations.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us complete our Day of the Dead skeletons.
  • Mrs. Harrigan taught us a new song about a floppy scarecrow.




Classroom Updates: October 15th – October 19th

  • Ms. Pavlicek and Mrs.Hogan (teachers from the Burlington Science Center) visited all of the first graders. They led our tree walk exploration. We visited an oak tree, a maple tree and a pine tree and we took photos of the entire tree, the bark, the leaves and the seeds. We are going to use our photos in a book that we will write next week.
  • In science we observed a real maple tree, oak tree and pine tree leaves and seeds and made sketches of each to record our observations.
  • We finished unit 2 in math. This past week we were working on solving word problems with addition and subtraction equations.
  • In Fundations we are working on spelling and reading words with digraphs. The digraphs we’re learning about are: ch, sh, ck, wh, and th.
  • We worked on a Fun Friday project. We painted fall trees and we’re working on an acrostic poem about fall.
  • Mrs. Moules taught us about playground safety this week. She also taught us about how we can stay healthy and protect ourselves from getting and spreading germs.
  • Mr. Scarpulla let us glue together our skeletons.




Classroom Updates: October 9th – October 12th

  • We had our Boosterthon Fun Run! It was a glow run in the gym because of the rainy weather. Every child got a glow bracelet and every student in our class was able to run 35 or more laps within the time span that we had. Our class raised $1,197.50. The entire school raised over $20,000. It was a huge success!
  • We learned about bus safety this week. We practiced safely exiting a bus through the emergency back door exit.
  • In science we started a new experiment. We planted seeds and we are going to be observing the roots of the plants we planted. We will discuss what we think the functions of the roots are.
  • In math we are practicing our doubles and near doubles facts.
  • Mrs. Moules taught us how to play scooter tag.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us cut out the body of the skeletons we made for Day of the Dead and he helped us connect them to the skulls.
  • Mrs. Harrigan showed us some new instruments. We used the sand blocks, wood blocks, tambourines and a thunder shaker that makes a thunder noise.




Classroom Updates: October 1st – October 5th

  • Mrs. Harrigan taught us a new song in music class. It was a drum song and we got to use drums.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us finish the bodies for our Day of the Dead skeletons in art class.
  • Mrs. Moules showed us how to use hula hoops in different ways. We spun the hula hoops with our hips, we bounced them on the ground and bounced them up into the air.
  • We did a science experiment to determine what the function of a stem is. We put a piece of celery into a cup with either red or blue food coloring. After 2 days of being in the cups we got to observe how the celery changed. We used magnifying glasses and we recorded our predictions and observations in our science journals.
  • In math we finished our first unit. We started unit two. We are working on developing our fluency with addition and subtraction facts within 10.
  • In Fundations we are learning how to read and spell words that have a digraph in them. Digraphs we learned are: ch, sh, ck, wh, and th.
  • We started our school fundraiser. If you’re interested in donating please check out To register your child you will need our school code: 214918.
  • We also wrote about our special memories from the month of September.
  • On Friday we worked on a Christopher Columbus fun Friday project with all of the first graders. We watched a Brainpop Jr. video about Christopher Columbus too.




Classroom Updates: September 24th – September 28th

  • In Fundations we worked on tapping to spell and tapping to read CVC words and we learned some new trick words.
  • In math we are working on solving problems that involve putting together and taking apart.
  • We started a new science unit. We are learning about plant parts and functions. We used magnifying glasses to observe details about plants and how they use their parts to survive.
  • Mr. Scarpulla taught us about symmetry and had us color a symmetrical skeleton from the movie Coco.
  • Mrs. Moules taught us stations in p.e. class.
  • Mrs. Harrigan taught us a new dinosaur song. We had different movements to match the different dinosaurs we sang about.
  • We had a school assembly with Mr. Rosenblatt to talk about Be the One tickets and how we can earn special whole school rewards.
  • We showed off our best smiles for school picture day.
  • We earned a whole class reward for our great behavior. We chose to celebrate by having pajama day.




Classroom Updates: September 17th – September 21st

  • We wrote letters for our parents for Back to School Night.
  • We made a video of our classroom. We wanted to show our parents all the important parts of our classroom. Please check out our video on Seesaw using the QR code on the Seesaw hand out from Back to School Night.
  • In math we are working on solving addition and subtraction word problems.
  • In Fundations we are learning how to tap to spell and read CVC words. For more information about our Fundations please refer to the Fundations packet in the red folder from Back to School Night.
  • We met our reading teachers and reading classmates this week. We’re learning our reading classroom routines.
  • We all have our own journals that we write in when we are in our reading classes.


Classroom Updates: September 10th – September 14th

  • This week we had lots of opportunities to use our iPads for the first time. We started ST Math. We love playing math games with Jiji (the penguin from ST math)!
  • In p.e. class we played Monkey in the Middle – Fox Hill style.
  • Mrs. Harrigan taught us lots of new songs in music class. Some of the songs we sang were The Circle Song, The Goodbye Song, The Froggy Song and The Bubblegum Song.
  • Mr. Scarpulla had us draw a picture of something we like.
  • We read The Best Part of Me during fun Friday and we wrote about what our favorite body parts are and why. Check out our display of “The Best Part of Me” at Back to School Night.
  • We read Jack’s Talent and wrote about what we are experts at. Check out our writing at Back to School Night!
  • We used the iReady app on our iPads to take a reading assessment.
  • We had our first visit to the library. We will get a scheduled library time once we start our reading classes.





Classroom Updates: September 4th – September 7th

  • We had our first day of first grade! We met our new classmates. We are learning all about one another.
  • We shared and wrote about our hopes and dreams for first grade.
  • We created classroom rules and we are learning how to follow our 4 rules. Our rules are: be kind, be responsible, be respectful and be safe.
  • We read lots of books! A few of the books we read are: First Day Jitters, This School Year Will Be the Best, Miss Nelson is Missing, Miss Nelson is Back, One, The Recess Queen, and The Crayon Box that Talked.
  • Mr. Rosenblatt invited us to a whole school assembly. We met Mr. Rosenblatt and we learned a little bit about him and what his expectations for us are. We also had a fun, quick dance party at our assembly.
  • We had our first art class, p.e. class and music class this week.
  • On Friday the whole first grade worked on a fun Friday project. We listened to Mrs. Carroll read The Crayon Box That Talked. Then we all decorated our own crayons to show how each one of us is unique. When we put all of our crayons together our grade one class is complete. Our crayons will be on display in the hallways. Look for them at Back to School Night.
  • During math class we had time to explore the various math manipulatives that we will be using throughout the year. We also practiced writing our numbers.
  • It was a fabulous first week in first grade!




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