17 Days?!?

This is our Days of School chart.
This is our Days of School chart.

¡Hola!  Your child has officially been a first grader for 17 days.  We know this because as a part of our morning routine, we write down the number day of school on our chart pictured at the right.  Soon, we will integrate more math into this part of our routine, but for now, we simply count our days together.  Check out the rest of the post below so you can see some of the incredible work these kiddos have done.  And, you won’t want to miss the smile at the end . . . it is quite a grand finale this week.  I promise.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Robinson Book Fair!
  • Writing Small Moment Stories
  • A Smile for You: Self-Portraits!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about your visit to the Book Fair.  What was your favorite book?
  • What are you beginning to write your small moment story about during Writing?
  • You finished your self-portrait this week.  What did you enjoy about this project?  What was challenging for you?
  • Your class is reading a chapter book together called Marty McGuire.  What is this book about?  Do you like it so far?  Why or why not?

Robinson Book Fair! As a reminder, Robinson is fortunate to have the Scholastic Book Fair at our school . . . right now!  Please visit the Book Fair website by clicking here.  You can also see a cool video about the Book Fair through the link.  Check out the photo below from our visit to the Book Fair today.  If you haven’t visited yet, please try to do so next week.IMG_3892

Writing Small Moment Stories: Just today, we “officially” began our unit on writing “small moment” stories. (Small moments are little parts of our lives that we can write about.  For example: eating lunch, walking to school, riding a bike or reading a book.  Small moments are not: taking a trip, being in kindergarten or training for a race – those are large moments.)   During our writing time, we first discussed reasons people write.  Look at the chart we made below about this topic.  Then we reread a story we are using as a mentor text, called Night of the Veggie Monster written by George McClements.  We like this text A LOT because it talks about one part of a day (a small moment) and gives wonderful details in the story.  (It’s also pretty funny!)  Finally, we  talked about writing about a small moment of our own and then gave it a try.  We will continue this next week, but until then, check out the photos below.

Look at Alyssa holding our mentor text, Night of the Veggie Monster.
Look at Alyssa holding our mentor text, Night of the Veggie Monster.
We made a chart about why people write.  These writers came up with great ideas!
We made a chart about why people write. These writers came up with great ideas!
Here is an anchor chart that we use as a guide to write our Small Moment stories.
Here is an anchor chart that we use as a guide to write our Small Moment stories.
Quinn is working hard on his small moment story.
Quinn is working hard on his small moment story.
Thomas is working hard on his small moment story too!
Thomas is working hard on his small moment story too!
Look at Rowan and Charlie sharing their writing pieces with one another.
Look at Rowan and Charlie sharing their writing pieces with one another.

A Smile for You: Self-Portraits! After A LOT of hard work, here is the final reveal of our finished products.  I told you it would be worth it and make you smile.  Sit back and relax and enjoy the slideshow. 🙂  (Thanks for reading!)

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2 thoughts on “17 Days?!?

  1. Hey Ms. Turken – wish I was teaching 1st with you but had to share that my first grade class just finished self-portraits after reading The Colors of Us together…such a great book and way to relate our beautiful skin shades to familiar connections in our real life. Can’t wait to follow your first grade journey this year!

    -Leah (aka Mrs. Kumar)

    1. Dear Mrs. Kumar,
      Thank you for your kind words! I loved hearing about your kiddos. Do you keep a blog? If so, please pass it along! I’d love to hear how you are doing.
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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