Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Unit Wrap Up Projects

Desert Collage!

These friends worked hard to make a map of a town!

This group got to interview a vet about their job!

And this group got to interview a police officer about his job!

This group worked hard to make a diorama of a fire station.

These friends made a map of their town.

This group had fun making a desert collage!

A happy group of friends and their rainforest collage!

This group also made a collage on the rainforest habitat!

These friends made a diorama of the Kansas Capitol.

I Speak, I Say, I Talk

We had fun recording this readers theater last week, have a listen!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Unit 3 Math Review Study Cast

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Unit 2 math studycast

Just a note...these studycasts were recorded a couple years ago so don't pay attention to when the test is on the studycast. Thanks!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Puppet Pals with Vocabulary Words

Last week, a couple of groups used Puppet Pals to illustrate our vocab words for the week - difficult, agree, exercise, physical, and exhausted.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Puppet Pals - Essential Question: What do friends do together?

Some students made puppet shows with PuppetPals to answer our essential question in reading this week: What do friends do together?

If you don't see your child this week, check back in the next few weeks as all students will be using this app!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet The Teacher

Hello! My name is Gena Mathes and I will be teaching your child this year. This will be my 11th year teaching first grade at Elmont. I love teaching first grade! They are so eager to learn and I love seeing their faces light up when they discover something new. It is amazing the growth that these students make in just one year.

I am married to my husband, Jeff. Jeff graduated from Seaman High School and we are glad to be a part of this wonderful district. I am originally from small town Axtell, Kansas. I grew up on a farm and I'm still a country girl at heart. I really love the Seaman school district because it has a "small town" feel to it. We have two sons who are the highlight of our lives! Carter is 4 and Landry is 9 months old.

 I graduated from Kansas State University (Go Wildcats!) in May 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in middle school science. In 2008, I earned my Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University and National Board Certification. I love learning and I try to learn something new every day! 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, and reading.
I'm looking forward to a great school year!

First Days of First Grade

We are off to a great start in first grade! We had fun learning about the rules with monsters, retelling the story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff", and playing various games to get to know our classmates! So excited for this group of first graders!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Earth Day

I was so impressed by all of the awesome Earth Day projects that came back to school! Parents, thank you for your assistance! We enjoyed sharing with not only the peers in our classroom, but with another first grade class at Rochester.

Mystery Reader

A special thank you to Evan's mom, Amber, who read us a wonderful Curious George story. Thank you for the flower seeds!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Unit 8 Math StudyCast

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Part 2:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day!

We had fun making our Earth Day video last week! What a fun way to remember the 3Rs!

Monday, April 14, 2014


The kids had fun planting grass in cups! Hope they made it home ok!

Mystery Readers

We've been lucky to have a couple of great mystery readers over the last couple of weeks. Thank you so much for reading to the kids!

Alex's mom read an awesome dinosaur pop-up book!

Matthew's dad read a Max and Ruby Easter book.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Unit 7 Math Study Cast

Good luck!

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Part 2:

Monday, March 24, 2014

On The Hunt for a Pot O' Gold!

A sneaky leprechaun hid a pot of gold in our classroom! But he's smart.....before getting a clue to help us find it, we first had to solve a math problem!

Max reads the class a clue.

Solving one of the math problems.

Matthew found a clue!
So did Gavin!

Bryer reads the class a clue.
Jackson found the pot of gold!

Making 3D shapes

Students had fun making 3D shapes using only straws and twist ties! Check it out!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ooey, Gooey Oobleck

As a part of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we read Bartholemew and the Oobleck. In science, we are studying solids and liquids. We made oobleck in science. Is oobleck a solid or a liquid? It was up to the first graders to find out! When you punch it hard, it feels like a solid, but if you poke it slow it feels like a liquid. It pours, but you can also squeeze it. Oobleck has properties of both a solid AND a liquid! We can make oobleck act like both a solid and a liquid. A liquid like this is called a non-Newtonian fluid because it does not follow the rules that Newton discovered most liquids follow. Pretty cool, huh? 

Here's the recipe for oobleck -- make some at home!

  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • A few drops of food coloring
 That should get you to a good starting place, then add more water or cornstarch until you reach the right consistency.

Check out the awesome pictures below of our ooey-gooey fun experiment! 


Mystery Reader!

Last Friday, Ty's grandma came to our classroom to read us the story "BUT NO ELEPHANTS"! We really enjoyed the story and the visit from her. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Unit 6 StudyCast

Test tomorrow -- Feb. 27th. Good luck!

Part 1: Part 2:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mystery Reader!

A special thanks to last week's mystery reader....Sagan's dad! He read a fun book about sharks that really caught the students' attention!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014