Happy Thursday!

It’s Thursday!  We just finished our 12th day of first grade.  Wow . . . it has been quite a ride so far.  That means sometimes our days are a bit of a challenge, but overall, we are enjoying the journey.  Again, we have been very busy in first grade and have done a lot of exciting things.  Check out the topics below to see what we have been up to this past week. 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Robinson Book Fair!
  • Parent- Teacher INTAKE Conferences
  • Self-Portraits
  • Organizing Our Library
  • Velvet and Sandpaper Words
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the self-portrait you are working on in your classroom.
  • You watched a Book Fair movie with your class this week during your library time.  Which kinds of books looked the most interesting to you?
  • You are working on organizing and sorting the books in your classroom library.  Is this an easy job for you or a hard job?  What have you enjoyed about it so far?
  • You played “Hot Potato” today with your class.  Teach me how to play this game.

images-1Robinson Book Fair! Starting next week, Robinson is fortunate to have the Scholastic Book Fair at our school!  Please visit the Book Fair website by clicking here.  You can also see a cool video about the Book Fair through the link.  Hope to see you at the fair!

Parent- Teacher INTAKE Conferences: Tomorrow (Friday), you will receive a sheet about the date and time regarding your first grader’s Parent-Teacher Conference.  Conferences are next Thursday, September 11 and the following Tuesday, September 16.  As a reminder, we call these “intake” conferences because it is your opportunity to tell me all about your wonderful kiddo.  I LOVE to hear what families have to share so I can better meet the needs of the children in my class.  See you soon!

Self-Portraits: We have embarked on quite a project in first grade.  We are in the midst of creating self-portraits.  Let me tell you, this is really HARD work!  We have worked on these for two days so far and have at least another day or two until our project is complete.  Each child used a mirror to notice facial features and hair and put this on paper.  Then, we talked about things that make us unique.  Each first grader put something that makes them unique on his or her shirt in the portrait.  Finally, we will add a background.  Just wait until you see the finished projects!  Until then, check out some of the “in-progress” portraits below.

Organizing Our Library: Wow!  This is HARD work.  We have another project that we are in the middle of right now and that is organizing our classroom library.  This process is teaching us many speaking, listening, sorting, and problem solving skills.  In a nutshell, we discussed how our classroom library is in need of some care and needs to be easier to use in order to find and read “just right” books.  Therefore, we are deciding on categories we want to sort books into and then finding ways to organize our work.  This is a difficult process for first graders.  We will continue our work on this into next week and hopefully, will have a classroom library success story to share with you soon!

This was the first day when we were trying to figure out how to sort our library books.  What a mess!
This was the first day when we were trying to figure out how to sort our library books. What a mess!
This is the list of book categories we have . . . so far.  We are modifying the categories as we discover which books we have and how many of each are in our classroom.
Soon enough, we realized we had to make a list of categories of books.  This is the list we have . . . so far. We are modifying the categories as we discover which books we have and how many of each are in our classroom.
 In this photo, you can see the "sorters" giving books to "category people" who each represented a category of books.
In this photo, you can see the “sorters” giving books to “category people” who each represented a category of books.

Velvet and Sandpaper Words: You probably saw the sheet your first grader brought home on Tuesday that had velvet and sandpaper on it.  We read a book last week and discussed the different kind of words we can use with people.  Velvet words make us feel soft and fuzzy inside. Sandpaper words make us feel bumpy and rough inside.  We did some work on determining whether pictures or words were velvet or sandpaper and sorted them.  Check out our work below.

Leanna worked hard (and happily) on her velvet and sandpaper sorting.
Leanna worked hard (and happily) on her velvet and sandpaper sorting.
Mati and Solis were having fun as they worked too!
Mati and Solis were having fun as they worked too!

A Smile for You! Here are some more precious first graders.  Check out our hard working builders and their wonderful creations!  As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend.

We LOVE building during Choice TIme!
We LOVE building during Choice TIme!
Thomas was happy with his creation too!
Thomas was happy with his creation too!

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