First graders know that it is definitely getting close to Halloween! Not only do we see it on our calendar as we get closer everyday, but you can feel it in our classroom. We have several Halloween pictures that are getting posted on our walls – daily. Next week, we will begin integrating a few Halloween activities into our learning and then dive in the following week. What fun, huh? We have been doing oodles and oodles of work this week. Read on to learn what we’ve been up to and to see us in action!
- Conversation Starters
- Outside Authors?
- Math – Addition
- Science Work
- Walking Wednesdays
- A Smile for You
- Tell me about the new chapter book you are reading called Grumpy Pumpkins. What has been your favorite part so far?
- Write down and tell me your math thinking for the following problems: 4 + 8 = ?, 9 + 5 = ? and 6 + 7 = ? Can you use doubles to help you solve any of these problems?
- Why do we say that the sun appears to move? Does it really move? Why or why not?
- What are some of the ways the moon can look in the sky? What makes the moon light up?
Outside Authors? We have started going outside on Wednesdays to continue our learning, while getting an extra dose of fresh air. (Read more below about our Walking Wednesdays.) This week, we went outside and did some writing. We continued to discuss how authors make special “moves” in their writing that we can copy and use in our own writing. As you read with your first grader (hint, hint), please have him or her notice skills that the author uses in a book and encourage your child to try these in his or her writing. After all, the better writer someone becomes, the better reader they become! Look at the photos below from our time outside this week. You can see that it’s not easy to get everything outside so we can do work. But . . .once we get settled, we CAN definitely work hard and it is worth it.
Math – Addition: We continued to work on addition strategies this week. In addition (ha, ha) to these skills, we also worked on what it looks like to communicate (or show) mathematical thinking in first grade. Look at the rubric descriptor below to find out what first graders are expected to do in order to show their thinking to others. Then, as you look at the pictures below you will see examples of strategies we used, so you can help to support your first grader when solving addition problems.
Science Work: This week, we continued discovering information about the universe. As we have done so, each first grader worked with one or two partners to create a poster to present to the rest of the class. First, the children began with selecting a book that they wanted to learn more about. Next, each group needed to create two research questions that they could find answers to in their book – that part was a little tricky. Currently, they are in the process of putting all of their information on a poster, along with some additional information about the universe. Check out some of their great work below and you will see how diligently they have worked this week. The plan is for each group to present tomorrow and teach the rest of the class about their research. Good stuff. 🙂
Walking Wednesdays: Each Wednesday in first grade, we plan to explore and learn outside for part of our day. (It is very possible we will go out on other days too, but at the very least we will go out on Wednesdays.) Based on the weather, please send your child with a jacket, appropriate shoes and possibly, an umbrella. (If it is a torrential downpour or terribly cold, we will make alternate plans.) As a side note, we would LOVE umbrella donations for the times we plan to go out and it is raining. In addition, you can click here for a link to a site that has 10 reasons that kids need fresh air. (I don’t know about all of the science behind the reasons, but they are good enough for us.) Finally, please be aware that extreme temperatures will mean that we will spend less time outside because even though it’s important for all of us, we’re not going to go overboard!
A Smile for You: Here it is! Your smile for the week! In our classroom, some kiddos LOVE to dress-up during Choice Time. It is so cute and one of the best parts of the day to see the children thoroughly enjoying themselves by using their creativity and imagination. And of course – it’s just fun to laugh together! Have a wonderful weekend with your family.