Boo!

jackolantern07First 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

Conversation Starters:

  • 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.

It's A LOT of work getting everything we need for writing outside with us!
It’s A LOT of work getting everything we need for writing outside with us!
Once we get out there though, we can work HARD.
Once we get settled and ready to write, we can work HARD.
Here is another hard working author.
Here is another hard-working author.

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.

This is the rubric descriptor for how mathematicians are expected to show their thinking in first grade.
This is the rubric descriptor for how mathematicians are expected to show their thinking in first grade.
In first grade, mathematicians MUST show their thinking when they solve problems.
In first grade, mathematicians MUST show their thinking when they solve problems.
Here is another mathematician showing his smart thinking.
Here is another mathematician showing his smart thinking.

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. 🙂

We started the week with a Read Around by looking at a variety of books about the universe.
The week began with a Read Around where the students looked at a variety of books about the universe.
Here are a few more of our scientists doing a read around to choose a science topic they find interesting.
Here are a few more of our scientists doing a Read Around to choose a science topic they find interesting.
We explored the various phases of the moon and made them out of chalk.
We explored the various phases of the moon and represented phases out of chalk.
We also showed how the sun appears to move in the sky during the daytime.
We also showed how the sun “appears” to move in the sky during the daytime.
This is another example of the children showing the way the sun appears to move in the sky.
This is another example of the children showing the way the sun “appears” to move in the sky.
We began creating posters after learning about our science topic so we can teach others about what we have learned.
Students began creating posters after learning about their research topic so they can teach others about what they learned.
Sometimes posters need to be revised in order to present to a class.  These scientists are revising their work to make it better. :)
Uh – oh.  There was a bump in the road – for most of the kiddos and their posters.  Their writing was illegible and their answers didn’t always make sense.  Eek!  Therefore, these scientists are revising their work to make it better and more accurate. 🙂

5Walking 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.

We LOVE dressing up during Choice Time!
We LOVE dressing-up during Choice Time!
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