Week Number Two!

It’s the second week of school . . . already?  Yes!  It really has been 8 days!  This week, we have begun to fall into a bit of a routine.  We still need a lot more time together in order to function like a well-oiled machine, however . . . we will get there.  We have also had many sick kiddos lately.  😦  Believe it or not, there has yet to be a day where we have had all 19 first graders in the classroom all day.  I’m hoping that will happen soon so please try keep your kiddos healthy.  We miss them when they are gone!  In the meantime, read below to see what we’ve been doing since our last post.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Nature Number Hunt
  • Labeling Our Room
  • Morning Message
  • Guided Discovery: Pattern Blocks
  • Math Games: Roll and Record
  • Singing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about a new friend you have made in your class and something you learned about him or her.
  • What are velvet and sandpaper words?  Give me an example of each kind of word.
  • What did you enjoy best about hiking in the woods at Robinson to look for items to put on your number poster?
  • What did you make when you explored Pattern Blocks?  Was it difficult to create something from Pattern Blocks?  Why or why not?

Nature Number Hunt: Last Friday, we took a walk on the Robinson Trail to look for items to put on number posters in our classroom.  Earlier that morning, we noticed that we needed a resource in the classroom that the children could look at in order to write numbers correctly.  And, we didn’t want just plain, white numbers on the wall . . . B-O-R-I-N-G. So . . . we went out to the trail and did a little bit of walking and exploring.  During our walk, each first grader found items to represent a number on our posters.  Finally, we put the items on and displayed the numbers in our classroom.  Check out the photos below to see what they created!

Look at us during our nature walk as we looked for items to place on our numbers.
Look at us during our nature walk as we looked for items to place on our numbers.
Our Nature Numbers were coming along . . .
Our Nature Numbers were coming along . . .
Some more nature numbers . . .
Some more great work . . .
Look at the finished product!  The kiddos did an incredible job!
Look at the finished product! The kiddos did an incredible job!

Labeling Our Room: This past week, we noticed that there were SO MANY things in our classroom that did not have labels!  We were worried that if a new student or guest visited our room that they wouldn’t know where things were located.  So, we got to work and began labeling our classroom.  Check out the photos below to see what a great job the first graders did with our classroom labels.  (As a side note, I did intentionally guide the children toward this project because I believe that children take ownership in their classroom by having “kid” writing all around them.  This is a HUGE part of building community in our classroom.)

We even made a few more today!  The labels will be posted in our room soon so no one will get lost finding things in room 203.
We even made a few more today! The labels will be posted in our room shortly so no one will get lost finding things in room 203. 🙂

Morning Message: Most mornings, we have a Morning Message to read and discuss.  Below, you can see a photo of a message and two photos of children interacting with the writing.  The purpose of a Morning Message is twofold.  One, it allows the students to see and hear frequently used words in order to increase their literacy skills in various ways.  It also allows us to have conversations about a specific reading or writing focus that many children need to learn.  For example, the first message below led to conversation about beginning letters and capitalization.  Check out our learning . . . and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two like we do each day.

This is a typical message that we read and discuss in the morning.
This is a typical message that we read and discuss in the morning.
Here is a picture of one of our first graders interacting with the message.
Here is a picture of one of our first graders interacting with the message.
Another amazing writer!
Another amazing writer!

Guided Discovery: Pattern Blocks: Earlier this week, we did a Guided Discovery with Pattern Blocks.  A Guided Discovery is an idea from an WONDERFUL book called The First Six Weeks of School.   A Guided Discovery generates interest and creativity and establishes a shared vocabulary about specific classroom materials.  Check out some of the creations from our pattern blocks.  Boy . . . these children are creative!  I love it. 🙂

Math Games: Roll and Record: During math this week, we learned our first math game in first grade.  Yay!   The game is called Roll and Record.  The purpose of this game is to fill the game board with addition equations above the sum.  Children have two dice and after rolling the die, add the numbers together and write the equation on the game board above the sum.  Check out some of the work below.

This is an example of a Roll and Record game . . . in progress.
This is an example of a Roll and Record game . . . in progress.
Another brilliant mathematician playing our first math game.
Another brilliant mathematician playing our first math game.

Singing:  Guess what?  We sang some more songs this week.  Ask your first grader to sing for you and to perform the movements we added to each song.  It’s quite a treat when we all sing together because it is so fun!

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A Smile for You! Thanks for reading through this entire post!  Let me share some photos that will make you smile – again, since I am sure you have already smiled from the cute first graders in this post.  I looked online for some baby animal photos and definitely found some adorable ones!  Hope you enjoy them.  Have a wonderful weekend.

 

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