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Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (Week of 5.20.19)

posted May 17, 2019, 12:18 PM by Melanie Walls

This week we will wrap up the school year by completing some fun end of year activities and cleaning up the classroom for the summer.

On Wednesday morning, we will have our 1st grade end of year party.  This will take place outside, so please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen!  

Thursday is our last day of school.  All students will need to be picked up by 11:30am.

Thank you for a great school year!  I am so proud of how much all of our students have grown!

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (5.13.19)

posted May 10, 2019, 11:07 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (5.13.19)

This week, we will finish our Social Studies unit "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Lessons this week include learning about the importance of Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day and why we celebrate them in the United States.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies:

  1. 1st grade Social Studies,  Civics- Standard 4: Notable people, places, holidays, and civic symbols.
    Student Evidence Outcomes

    1. Identify and explain the relevance of notable civic leaders from different community groups.

    2. Identify and explain the meaning of various civic symbols important to diverse community groups. For example: the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Liberty Bell.

    3. Identify and explain the relevance of significant civic places. For example: the state and national capitol, the white House and sites within the local community.

    4. Explain the significance of major civic holidays. For example: Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Cesar Chavez Day.  

    5. Identify the American flag and the Colorado flag.



Upcoming Dates:
  • May 17- Field trip to the Boulder Dinner Theather (permission slips went home last week)
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (5.6.19)

posted May 3, 2019, 6:21 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (5.6.19)

Wednesday, May 8 is Field Day!  Please send students with tennis shoes and hats/sunscreen or jackets depending on the weather.  Students will be wearing our class red Stargate shirts so that they are easily identified during the day.

This week, we will continue our Social Studies unit "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Lessons this week include learning about the importance of Cesar Chavez Day and why it is celebrated in the United States.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies:

  1. 1st grade Social Studies,  Civics- Standard 4: Notable people, places, holidays, and civic symbols.
    Student Evidence Outcomes

    1. Identify and explain the relevance of notable civic leaders from different community groups.

    2. Identify and explain the meaning of various civic symbols important to diverse community groups. For example: the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Liberty Bell.

    3. Identify and explain the relevance of significant civic places. For example: the state and national capitol, the white House and sites within the local community.

    4. Explain the significance of major civic holidays. For example: Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Cesar Chavez Day.  

    5. Identify the American flag and the Colorado flag.



Upcoming Dates:
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 17- Field trip to the Boulder Dinner Theather (permission slips went home last week)
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (Week of 4.29.19)

posted Apr 26, 2019, 6:18 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.29.19)

Our class will be visiting the Usborne Book Fair on Monday, April 29, from 2:00-2:30pm.  Students can bring money to purchase books during this time!

This week, we will continue our Social Studies unit "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Lessons this week include learning about the bald eagle by asking and answering questions, explaining how Mount Rushmore was built and identifying the four faces on the mountain by completing a brochure, identifying important locations in the White House by taking a virtual tour, and identifying and explaining the importance of the Capital, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial by reading and answering questions.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies:

  1. 1st grade Social Studies,  Civics- Standard 4: Notable people, places, holidays, and civic symbols.
    Student Evidence Outcomes

    1. Identify and explain the relevance of notable civic leaders from different community groups.

    2. Identify and explain the meaning of various civic symbols important to diverse community groups. For example: the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Liberty Bell.

    3. Identify and explain the relevance of significant civic places. For example: the state and national capitol, the white House and sites within the local community.

    4. Explain the significance of major civic holidays. For example: Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Cesar Chavez Day.  

    5. Identify the American flag and the Colorado flag.



Upcoming Dates:
  • April 29- Book Fair class visit, 2:00pm
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 17- Field trip to the Boulder Dinner Theather (permission slip to come)
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.22.19)

posted Apr 19, 2019, 6:29 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.22.19)

This week, we will continue our Social Studies unit "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Lessons this week include learning about the meaning and importance of the Star Spangled Banner by reading an informational book, learning about the history of the Statue of Liberty by watching a video, reading an informational text, and completing a craft, and learning about the symbolism and importance of the Liberty Bell by completing a craftivity.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies:

  1. 1st grade Social Studies,  Civics- Standard 4: Notable people, places, holidays, and civic symbols.
    Student Evidence Outcomes

    1. Identify and explain the relevance of notable civic leaders from different community groups.

    2. Identify and explain the meaning of various civic symbols important to diverse community groups. For example: the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Liberty Bell.

    3. Identify and explain the relevance of significant civic places. For example: the state and national capitol, the white House and sites within the local community.

    4. Explain the significance of major civic holidays. For example: Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Cesar Chavez Day.  

    5. Identify the American flag and the Colorado flag.


Passion Projects:


Passion projects are a time for students to learn about a topic that interests them.  This year, first graders will be able to complete the projects on their own, with a partner, or with small group.  The students selected their passions from a list of choices with broad topics and were grouped accordingly. Due to a high interest in animals, there will be two groups with this focus.   

  • Walls and Spletzer: Animals, dinosaurs, fish, birds, puppies, etc.

  • Ramsey: Sports, dance, games, video-games, karate, etc.

  • Kim: Crafts, building, painting, drawing, art, music, etc.

Each month, your student will rotate to their Passion Project Teacher on a Tuesday during Theme (1:40-2:40 pm) to work on their Passion Project for the Expo on April 19th.  


The dates are listed below:

  • December 11 - Students met the others in their group that had a similar passion and got to know one another.  They also started brainstorming by writing and drawing a picture about their passion.

  • January 15- Students picked a format for their final project and made a list of supplies they will need other than things we have in our classrooms. Please send students with these supplies for our next date, February 5!

  • February 5- Students were supposed to bring in supplies so that they could start working on their project. Students who brought materials spent the time creating their project. Students who forgot supplies were asked to make a plan of their project on paper and a list of any supplies they may need.

  • March 12- This will be students FINAL day to work on projects at school. If they did not bring supplies in February, they need to bring supplies this day!

  • April 9- Students brought in completed projects and finished up anything unfinished at school. If students still have work to be done, it needs to be completed at home before the Expo on April 26.

  • April 26- Passion Project Expo (rescheduled from original date of August 19)



Upcoming Dates:
  • April 26- Passion Project Expo Day
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 17- Field trip to the Boulder Dinner Theather (permission slip to come)
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.15.19)

posted Apr 12, 2019, 7:07 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.15.19)

This week, we will begin our new Social Studies unit "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Lessons this week include understanding the different types of civil leaders within the community and their importance, defining the term symbol by creating a symbol to represent something about themselves, and identifying and explaining the importance of the Colorado and American flags by gathering information and answering comprehension questions.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies:

  1. 1st grade Social Studies,  Civics- Standard 4: Notable people, places, holidays, and civic symbols.
    Student Evidence Outcomes

    1. Identify and explain the relevance of notable civic leaders from different community groups.

    2. Identify and explain the meaning of various civic symbols important to diverse community groups. For example: the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Liberty Bell.

    3. Identify and explain the relevance of significant civic places. For example: the state and national capitol, the white House and sites within the local community.

    4. Explain the significance of major civic holidays. For example: Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Cesar Chavez Day.  

    5. Identify the American flag and the Colorado flag.


Passion Projects:


Passion projects are a time for students to learn about a topic that interests them.  This year, first graders will be able to complete the projects on their own, with a partner, or with small group.  The students selected their passions from a list of choices with broad topics and were grouped accordingly. Due to a high interest in animals, there will be two groups with this focus.   

  • Walls and Spletzer: Animals, dinosaurs, fish, birds, puppies, etc.

  • Ramsey: Sports, dance, games, video-games, karate, etc.

  • Kim: Crafts, building, painting, drawing, art, music, etc.

Each month, your student will rotate to their Passion Project Teacher on a Tuesday during Theme (1:40-2:40 pm) to work on their Passion Project for the Expo on April 19th.  


The dates are listed below:

  • December 11 - Students met the others in their group that had a similar passion and got to know one another.  They also started brainstorming by writing and drawing a picture about their passion.

  • January 15- Students picked a format for their final project and made a list of supplies they will need other than things we have in our classrooms. Please send students with these supplies for our next date, February 5!

  • February 5- Students were supposed to bring in supplies so that they could start working on their project. Students who brought materials spent the time creating their project. Students who forgot supplies were asked to make a plan of their project on paper and a list of any supplies they may need.

  • March 12- This will be students FINAL day to work on projects at school. If they did not bring supplies in February, they need to bring supplies this day!

  • April 9- Students brought in completed projects and finished up anything unfinished at school. If students still have work to be done, it needs to be completed at home before the Expo on April 19.

  • April 19- Passion Project Expo  



Upcoming Dates:
  • April 19- Passion Project Expo Day
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.8.19)

posted Apr 5, 2019, 6:22 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.8.19)

This week, we will finish our Science unit: Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  Lessons this week include understanding how the setting (urban, suburban, or rural) impacts the visibility of the stars and taking an assessment to demonstrate all they learned.  On Wednesday, April 10, 1st grade will have a guest visitor, Jan Kulmann, to discuss what it means to be a mayor and a civil leader.  This will be for our upcoming unit, My Country 'Tis of Thee.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Science:

    1. 1st grade Science Earth and Space Science Standard 3: patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be observed, described, and predicted
      Student Evidence Outcomes

      1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.  (Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day.)

      2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.  (Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on relative comparisons of the amount of daylight in the winter to the amount in the spring or fall.)


Passion Projects:


Passion projects are a time for students to learn about a topic that interests them.  This year, first graders will be able to complete the projects on their own, with a partner, or with small group.  The students selected their passions from a list of choices with broad topics and were grouped accordingly. Due to a high interest in animals, there will be two groups with this focus.   

  • Walls and Spletzer: Animals, dinosaurs, fish, birds, puppies, etc.

  • Ramsey: Sports, dance, games, video-games, karate, etc.

  • Kim: Crafts, building, painting, drawing, art, music, etc.

Each month, your student will rotate to their Passion Project Teacher on a Tuesday during Theme (1:40-2:40 pm) to work on their Passion Project for the Expo on April 19th.  


The dates are listed below:

  • December 11 - Students met the others in their group that had a similar passion and got to know one another.  They also started brainstorming by writing and drawing a picture about their passion.

  • January 15- Students picked a format for their final project and made a list of supplies they will need other than things we have in our classrooms. Please send students with these supplies for our next date, February 5!

  • February 5- Students were supposed to bring in supplies so that they could start working on their project. Students who brought materials spent the time creating their project. Students who forgot supplies were asked to make a plan of their project on paper and a list of any supplies they may need.

  • March 12- This will be students FINAL day to work on projects at school. If they did not bring supplies in February, they need to bring supplies this day!

  • April 9- Students should bring their final completed projects to school. They will be practicing their presentations during this time.

  • April 19- Passion Project Expo

Please mark these dates on your calendar and check in with your child to see if they need to bring any supplies to work on in class.  



Upcoming Dates:
  • April 9- Last day to work on Passion Projects at school
  • April 10- Guest Visitor (Jan Kulmann)
  • April 19- Passion Project Expo Day
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.1.19)

posted Mar 22, 2019, 6:36 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (4.1.19)

This week, we will continue our Science unit: Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  Lessons this week include asking and answering questions about the moon and craters on the moon by conducting an experiment, describing spatial relations between the earth, moon, and sun's movement by creating a model, and exploring features of stars by watching a video and making a telescope craft.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Science:

    1. 1st grade Science Earth and Space Science Standard 3: patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be observed, described, and predicted
      Student Evidence Outcomes

      1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.  (Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day.)

      2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.  (Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on relative comparisons of the amount of daylight in the winter to the amount in the spring or fall.)




Passion Projects:


Passion projects are a time for students to learn about a topic that interests them.  This year, first graders will be able to complete the projects on their own, with a partner, or with small group.  The students selected their passions from a list of choices with broad topics and were grouped accordingly. Due to a high interest in animals, there will be two groups with this focus.   

  • Walls and Spletzer: Animals, dinosaurs, fish, birds, puppies, etc.

  • Ramsey: Sports, dance, games, video-games, karate, etc.

  • Kim: Crafts, building, painting, drawing, art, music, etc.

Each month, your student will rotate to their Passion Project Teacher on a Tuesday during Theme (1:40-2:40 pm) to work on their Passion Project for the Expo on April 19th.  


The dates are listed below:

  • December 11 - Students met the others in their group that had a similar passion and got to know one another.  They also started brainstorming by writing and drawing a picture about their passion.

  • January 15- Students picked a format for their final project and made a list of supplies they will need other than things we have in our classrooms. Please send students with these supplies for our next date, February 5!

  • February 5- Students were supposed to bring in supplies so that they could start working on their project. Students who brought materials spent the time creating their project. Students who forgot supplies were asked to make a plan of their project on paper and a list of any supplies they may need.

  • March 12- This will be students FINAL day to work on projects at school. If they did not bring supplies in February, they need to bring supplies this day!

  • April 9- Students should bring their final completed projects to school. They will be practicing their presentations during this time.

  • April 19- Passion Project Expo

Please mark these dates on your calendar and check in with your child to see if they need to bring any supplies to work on in class.  



Upcoming Dates:
  • April 1- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • April 19- Passion Project Expo Day
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (3.11.19)

posted Mar 15, 2019, 10:00 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (3.11.19)

This week, we will continue our Science unit: Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  Lessons this week include describing patterns of the Earth's movement around the sun, describing the relationship between the amount of daylight and the changing seasons, and describing the patterns of the moon by creating an oreo model.

Students WILL have homework for this unit!  
- Each student received a moon journal in their Monday folders last week.  Students will need to complete their Moon Journals every night starting on Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 21 (11 days total).  They will need to have these in class on Friday, March 22 for an activity.

This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Science:

    1. 1st grade Science Earth and Space Science Standard 3: patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be observed, described, and predicted
      Student Evidence Outcomes

      1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.  (Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day.)

      2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.  (Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on relative comparisons of the amount of daylight in the winter to the amount in the spring or fall.)




Passion Projects:


Passion projects are a time for students to learn about a topic that interests them.  This year, first graders will be able to complete the projects on their own, with a partner, or with small group.  The students selected their passions from a list of choices with broad topics and were grouped accordingly. Due to a high interest in animals, there will be two groups with this focus.   

  • Walls and Spletzer: Animals, dinosaurs, fish, birds, puppies, etc.

  • Ramsey: Sports, dance, games, video-games, karate, etc.

  • Kim: Crafts, building, painting, drawing, art, music, etc.

Each month, your student will rotate to their Passion Project Teacher on a Tuesday during Theme (1:40-2:40 pm) to work on their Passion Project for the Expo on April 19th.  


The dates are listed below:

  • December 11 - Students met the others in their group that had a similar passion and got to know one another.  They also started brainstorming by writing and drawing a picture about their passion.

  • January 15- Students picked a format for their final project and made a list of supplies they will need other than things we have in our classrooms. Please send students with these supplies for our next date, February 5!

  • February 5- Students were supposed to bring in supplies so that they could start working on their project. Students who brought materials spent the time creating their project. Students who forgot supplies were asked to make a plan of their project on paper and a list of any supplies they may need.

  • March 12- This will be students FINAL day to work on projects at school. If they did not bring supplies in February, they need to bring supplies this day!

  • April 9- Students should bring their final completed projects to school. They will be practicing their presentations during this time.

  • April 19- Passion Project Expo

Please mark these dates on your calendar and check in with your child to see if they need to bring any supplies to work on in class.  



Upcoming Dates:
  • March 21- Field trip to Denver Museum of Nature and Science (permission slips went home in Monday folders on 2/25/19)
  • March 25-29- Spring Break, no school for students
  • April 1- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • April 19- Passion Project Expo Day
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (3.11.19)

posted Mar 8, 2019, 6:58 AM by Melanie Walls

Mrs. Walls' Science and Social Studies Blog (3.11.19)

This week, we will begin our next Science unit: Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  Lessons this week include comparing and contrasting the sky at different times by making observations, describing patterns in the sun's movement by making observations of shadows and analyzing data, and asking/answering questions about the sun by reading an informational text.

Students WILL have homework for this unit! 
- On Monday, March 11, students will bring home an Objects in the Sky Observation booklet.  We will complete the morning and afternoon portions of this booklet at school.  The nighttime section will need to be completed at home.
- In addition, each student will receive a moon journal in their Monday folders.  Students will need to complete their Moon Journals every night starting on Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 21 (11 days total).  They will need to have these in class on Friday, March 22 for an activity.


This unit will address the following 1st Grade Colorado Academic Standards for Science:

    1. 1st grade Science Earth and Space Science Standard 3: patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be observed, described, and predicted
      Student Evidence Outcomes

      1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.  (Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day.)

      2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.  (Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on relative comparisons of the amount of daylight in the winter to the amount in the spring or fall.)




Passion Projects:


Passion projects are a time for students to learn about a topic that interests them.  This year, first graders will be able to complete the projects on their own, with a partner, or with small group.  The students selected their passions from a list of choices with broad topics and were grouped accordingly. Due to a high interest in animals, there will be two groups with this focus.   

  • Walls and Spletzer: Animals, dinosaurs, fish, birds, puppies, etc.

  • Ramsey: Sports, dance, games, video-games, karate, etc.

  • Kim: Crafts, building, painting, drawing, art, music, etc.

Each month, your student will rotate to their Passion Project Teacher on a Tuesday during Theme (1:40-2:40 pm) to work on their Passion Project for the Expo on April 19th.  


The dates are listed below:

  • December 11 - Students met the others in their group that had a similar passion and got to know one another.  They also started brainstorming by writing and drawing a picture about their passion.

  • January 15- Students picked a format for their final project and made a list of supplies they will need other than things we have in our classrooms. Please send students with these supplies for our next date, February 5!

  • February 5- Students were supposed to bring in supplies so that they could start working on their project. Students who brought materials spent the time creating their project. Students who forgot supplies were asked to make a plan of their project on paper and a list of any supplies they may need.

  • March 12- This will be students FINAL day to work on projects at school. If they did not bring supplies in February, they need to bring supplies this day!

  • April 9- Students should bring their final completed projects to school. They will be practicing their presentations during this time.

  • April 19- Passion Project Expo

Please mark these dates on your calendar and check in with your child to see if they need to bring any supplies to work on in class.  




Upcoming Dates:
  • March 21- Field trip to Denver Museum of Nature and Science (permission slips went home in Monday folders on 2/25/19)
  • March 25-29- Spring Break, no school for students
  • April 1- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • April 19- Passion Project Expo Day
  • May 8- Field Day
  • May 9- Final Assessment Day
  • May 10- Staff Development Day, no school for students
  • May 23- Last day of school, 11:30am dismissal

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