Seas the day

In the coral reef

Think, Innovate, Create

We believe learners will do challenging work when failure is embraced as a valuable part of the learning process and they feel safe and valued.

Cooperative groups create a coral reef

Before beginning the design process, students were asked to get into groups and determine the job of each member. Believe me, when I say, this was the hardest of all the tasks!

Step 1-Read/Research about your coral

Step 2-Illustrate your coral

Step 3-Record facts

Step 4-Design your coral

Step 5-Present to audience

Sounds easy enough, right??

This is hard

Why ask Why?

This is one of my favorites! I encourage you to ask thought-provoking questions and have learners explain their thinking. Asking questions can help scaffold learners to knowledge that they attain, rather than just regurgitating what we say.
why are you cutting toilet paper


We believe intellectual growth occurs when learners are genuinely engaged in their learning.
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Standards covered

  • Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. [RI.1.2]
  • Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text. [RI.1.4]
  • Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text. [RI.1.6]
  • Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. [RI.1.7]
  • With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for Grade 1. [RI.1.10]
  • Write informative or explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. [W.1.2]
  • With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed. [W.1.5]
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions). [W.1.7]
  • Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. [SL.1.4]
  • Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. [SL.1.5]
  • Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See Grade 1 Language standard 37 for specific expectations.) [SL.1.6]
  • Identify basic properties of objects. [Sc.1.2]

more to come...

We are not finished designing the reef. We have a guest speaker coming this week from Adventure Sports Montgomery to talk to us about scuba diving in the reef. Our groups have not presented yet. I am so proud of their hard work and their ability to learn from one another.

Congrats to Cami and Chyna for joining the 100 Book Club!!

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Mystery Reader

Thank you to Cami's mom for being the Mystery Reader this week. We have 2 more weeks of Mystery Reader this year. Can you believe it? It has been so exciting for the learners that I will be starting another sign up at the beginning of the year!

Upcoming events

  • Dec. 7-Scholastic Book Order deadline
  • Dec. 7-Reflections Art Work Due to PRS
  • Dec. 7-Polar Express at PRS
  • Dec. 8-Montgomery Ballet visits
  • Dec. 9-Puppet Show for K-2 learners
  • Dec. 10-Guest speaker from Adventure Sports for Community 1
  • Dec. 17-12:30-1:15-Our family's Holiday Party (flyer coming home on Monday)


  • XtraMath practice-flyer coming home on Monday
  • Thank you to EVERYONE who allowed your learner to bring in items for the coral. We have such a grand selection of recyclables and items to choose from.
  • We still need 2 liter bottles. If you drink 2 Liters, will you please send in the empty bottle, with cap. Thanks in advance!