April 1, 2020

Dear Silly First Grade Students,

Today’s joke:  Knock knock
Who’s there?
Ice cream!
Ice cream who?
Ice cream Happy April Fool’s Day!

Today is the day to do something fun and something funny.

Share funny jokes with your family.

Wear your clothes backwards today.

Eat breakfast for dinner.

Write a message in secret code (see my Links page for ideas)

Have a fun, fun, funny day today.  Love, Mrs. Wood

March 31, 2020

Dear Sparkling First Grade Students,

Joke for today from Rosie: Where does the tree store their stuff? In their trunk of course! Haha, heehee!

Welcome to stay inside Tuesday.  Looks like it is going to be a rainy day.  So, my challenge today is an inside math challenge:

Choose a toy or belonging that has many pieces, like Legos, crayons, doll clothes, shoes.  Count how may you have.  Sort them in some way that makes sense to you, like color, size, type.  Count each group.  Make a table or graph in your learning log, showing how many of each.  Then, make some number sentences using your table or graph (for example, 6 tennis shoes + 8 boots = 14 shoes).

Make sure to clean up and organize your things after you finish!  Have fun.

Miss you, hiss you (said the snake)!  Love, Mrs. Wood

March 30, 2020

Good Morning Inquisitive First Graders,

Ready to learn something new this week?  Ready to have some fun?  Ready to play some games?  I hope you will spend the week growing as readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists.  I am missing learning from you; I love all the interesting ideas and facts you always share with me!  I challenge you to add a new page to your learning log this week, so that I can read it and learn from you (remember to put the date at the top!).  You could . . .

  •   Write a few facts from a nonfiction book that you read.
  •    Tell me why a chosen fiction book you read is a good book.
  •    Pick a challenging math problem you do this week and explain how you solved it.

Have a great week, good friends.  I will be thinking about you all!  Love, Mrs. Wood

March 27, 2020

Dear Adventurous First Grade Students:

Joke of the Day from Annie:  What did one egg say to the other egg?  Answer:  You crack me up!!  Hee, hee, hee!

Fun Friday!  I challenge you to read a funny book, play a funny game outside, and write a funny story!

In case you are looking to go on an adventure this weekend, go to my Links Page to go on some fun virtual fieldtrips on the internet:

Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s House)

Cincinnati Zoo (What do some interesting animals need to live?)

National Park Tour (Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt)

Have a fun, fun, fun Friday!  Love, Mrs. Wood


March 26, 2020

Dear Hard-Working First Grade Students,

Today’s joke is from Rosie: Why didn’t the egg cross the road? Answer:  Because it might get all cracked up! Hahahahah!

It was so fun to see you on Zoom today.  I loved hearing about all that you have been doing, listening to your funny jokes, and seeing your artwork.  I have such talented first grade students!

Some more ideas for keeping busy tommorrow:

Read a book in a dark room with a flashlight with your brother or sister or favorite stuffed animal.

Go to the next clean page in your learning log and think of at least ten ways to make 10 (like, 5 + 5 = 10) or fifteen ways to make 15 (like, 14 + 1 = 10).

Go to the Easy Drawing site on my Links page and draw your favorite cartoon character.  Send me a picture of your drawing, so I can post it on my blog!

Have a thinking Thursday.  Love, Mrs. Wood



March 25, 2020

Dear Wonderful First Grade Students,

Our joke for today is from Joel: Knock Knock. Who’s there? Who. Who who? Are you an owl?  Too funny!!!

I hope I will get to see some of you at our Zoom meeting today.  Have your parents check their e-mail for the link.

Keep reading, calculating and writing today.  On this sunny day today, however, make sure you get out and play in your backyard.  It is important to get fresh air and exercise.  I know you can all think of lots of fun things, but here are some extra suggestions:

Take your beanies outside and read a book to them.  They will enjoy the fresh air too!

Go on a backyard scavenger hunt.  Check out the scavenger hunt list on my Links Page.

Do 120 exercises, like we did on the 120th day of school.  Think of 12 different activities (jumping jacks, run around a tree, skip across the yard) and do each one 10 times.  Remember, 12 groups of 10 equal 120!

Still miss you!  Love, Mrs. Wood


March 24, 2020

Dear Friendly First Grade Students,

Joke for today:  Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?  Answer:  Because she was stuffed.  I think Teddy Roosevelt would have loved that joke!

Thanks to all my friends who worked so hard yesterday.  I went to Learning A-Z and Freckle and saw lots of activity from so many students.

Some suggestions today for some activities that do not require a device:

Sort your books on your book shelf today.  Organize them from most favorite to least favorite.  If you don’t have a lot of books, choose something else to organize.

Read your favorite book to your Beanie Baby or favorite stuffed animal.

Write about your favorite book or other thing you organized.  Pretend you are doing a commercial on television and write what you would say to convince someone to buy it.

Miss you and love you, Mrs. Wood


March 23, 2020

Dear Sweet First Grade Students,

Joke for the day from Josiah: What do you call a stegosaurus with carrots in its ears? Answer – Anything you want. It can’t hear you anyway. So funny!

I hope you had a good weekend with your family. What fun things are you finding to do around your house? I walked my dogs, read a book, built another jigsaw puzzle, and cleaned some of my house. I hear that last week, Palmer surprised his mom and cleaned his toy room all by himself!

If someone else needs to use your computer today, here are some other learning options:

Do a few pages in you math book. Look for some story problems to work on. They are all through your math book. That way you can read and do math at the same time!

Turn to a clean page in your learning log.  Remember to write the date at the top.  Think of as many three letter words as you can and write them.  You can brainstorm or look in a book!

Think of something nice you can do to make someone smile today.  Some ideas:  clean your room, play a game with your brother or sister, write a note to your parents telling them why they are so special.

Miss you to the moon and back!  Love, Mrs. Wood

March 20, 2020

Dear Busy First Graders,

Friday’s Joke: Why did the egg get thrown out of class?  Answer:  Because he kept telling yolks!

Happy Friday, good friends.  I hope you have had a good week of learning.  If you want to learn a little more about Mt. Rushmore, make sure to check out some writing on our Super First Grade Learner Page.  Lots of great drawing going on too!  We have a classroom of illustrators.

Consider today Fun Friday.  Here are your challenges today:

Check my Links page to find fun Sudokus to challenge your brain.  Start with the Easy Sudoku for Kids with Timon and Pumba.  I have already been playing this all morning.

Visit the Jokes by Kids site (under my Links) and read some very funny jokes sent in by kids.  Find a really funny joke, write it down and e-mail it to me.  I will post it on my Blog!

Today or this weekend, build something.  By yourself or with your family, build a jigsaw puzzle or build with your blocks or Legos or just some tape and paper.  You could even go in your backyard and build something with sticks or pine straw.  Have your parents take a picture, and I will post our creations on our page.  My daughter and I built a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle this week.  We had so much fun.  Here is a picture.

Have a fun, fun Friday!  Love, Mrs. Wood



March 19, 2020

Dear Fun First Graders,

Joke for the Day:  What do you get when you cross a snake with a tasty dessert?  Answer – A pie-thon!  Ho, ho, ho!

Have you been reading any good books?  I am missing story time in our class.  I hope you are reading every day.  If you finish the books you brought home, you can go to Tumblebooks on Cobb Digital Library.  If you are looking for a good author, search for Robert Munsch.  His stories are so funny.

Math Challenge:  Find at least 5 story problems to solve in you math book.  Remember to write a number sentence and then think of the best strategy to use to solve it.

For writing, try to write some math story problems.  Write stories about your classmates; make sure to write some addition and some subtraction.  You can even write a mystery number problem.  Here is one for you to solve:  Mrs. Wood gave her students 50 Skittles.  They ate 10 Skittles.  How many Skittles are left?

Remember how much Teddy Roosevelt liked museums.  Want to go on a fieldtrip today? Go to my Link Tab and take a virtual fieldtrip to the National Museum of Natural History.  You can click on the arrows to “walk” around the museum.  Have fun!

Have a thoughtful Thursday.  Love, Mrs. Wood