Getting into a Groove

UnknownWe are beginning to get into a groove with our classroom routines and expectations this week.  Yay!  It’s really exciting to see the children taking ownership of their classroom and taking responsbility for one another.  I am curious to see what positive changes will take place over the coming days, weeks, and months.  Please stick with us so you can see these changes too!  

Before you check out the rest of the post below, I want to thank you for reading these posts each week.  I truly appreciate families taking the time to read about our classroom learning.  Now . . . please read on to learn what we have been doing this week in room 203.  (By the way . . . it’s amazing what comes up when you Google, “Room 203.”  The photo of the “203” represents our classroom room number, but it is definitely not our classroom.)

  • Conversation Starters
  • Reading with your Roadrunner
  • Writing Small Moment Stories
  • Math Games
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about “Read with your Roadrunner” day at Robinson.  What did you read?  Who did you read with?
  • What are you writing a small moment story about this week?  What made you choose that small moment?
  • Which is your favorite math game to play so far?  Why do you like this game?

Reading with your Roadrunner:  Last Friday was such a special morning!  That day was our FIRST “Reading with your Roadrunner” morning and was quite a sight to see.  Several family members – parents, grandparents, siblings – came to our school to read with their loved ones.  It was a great start to the day to have everyone reading and for families to join our Robinson community.  If you couldn’t make this reading opportunity, maybe you can come next time on November 14.   You can also click here to view dates for the other days this year.  Check out the fun in the photos below!

Writing Small Moment Stories: This week we continued to work hard as writers.  These kiddos are talented – that’s for sure.  We worked on planning for our writing and using pictures to add onto stories.  When we plan for writing, this means we touch the page and tell the story, before we write.  Then we sketch the picture, so it matches the words (that’s what real authors do!).  When we use pictures to add onto stories, we ask questions (who, what, when, why and how) to add words and details to pictures.  It’s really fun seeing these kiddos write each day.  At the end of our writing one day, we had some authors share their writing and their audience shared compliments for each author. Check out the photos below of two of our authors and some in-progress writing pieces.

Charlie is sharing his writing piece with us from our Author's Chair.
Charlie is sharing his writing piece with us from our Author’s Chair.
Solis shared her piece from our Author's Chair too.
Solis shared her piece from our Author’s Chair too.
Look at this amazing first grade writing!
Look at this amazing first grade writing!  This author has worked hard to sound out words and add onto his picture.
Some more amazing writing.
Here is some more amazing writing that includes spaces in between words, punctuation and capitalization.  Awesome!
And . . . a little bit more amazing writing. :)
And . . . more incredible writing . . . in action.  This author  worked really hard to sound out words and place spaces in between her words.

Math Games:  We have worked on addition games this past week in order to strengthen combining skills.  This weekend, I am sending home a copy of Five-in-a-Row (pictured below) with directions so you can play at home with your first grader.   As children solve addition problems, they are encouraged to count on in order to find the answer most efficiently.  For example, to solve 8 + 9, the child starts with 8 (instead of counting up to 8), and then continues to count with 9, 10, and on to 17 (From Organizing and Collecting: The Number System, Catherine Twomey Fosnot).  This is a landmark strategy for our mathematicians, so please encourage this strategy as you work together.  Check out a few of our mathematicians below.

These are the directions for Five-in-a-Row.  We also used a blank page to write down number sentences as we played, which is not a part of the directions.  However, it is great practice for our kiddos!
Here are the directions for Five-in-a-Row. We also used a blank page to write down number sentences as we played, which is not a part of the directions.  It is great practice for our kiddos to write numbers correctly.
This is the game board you can use to play Five-in-a-Row.
This is the game board you can use to play Five-in-a-Row.

A Smile for You:  As I have mentioned previously, we LOVE Choice Time.  It is an opportunity for children to work together, while both exploring and creating (and having fun!).  We are still keeping our choices rather simple, but I hope to make a few changes in the future to prompt further inquiry and investigation during this part of the day.  In the meantime, check out the photo below.  It will make you smile for sure.  These kiddos are SUPER-PROUD of their work. 🙂

Look at these smiling faces!  They are so proud of their palace creation!
Look at these smiling faces! They are so proud of their palace creation!

 

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