Happy November!

graphics-autumn-367315It is November, which means that discovering the significance of Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This is always a favorite time of year with my students because the discovery of learning continues to heighten, our classroom has settled into many of our routines, and our community of  learners begins to become a “WE” instead of a “ME.”  (That last part is the BEST part by far!)  You will notice that post below is a bit briefer than usual, but you will understand why when you read the end and what happened to me this week. (Poor Ms. Turken!  Ha, ha.)  Regardless, thank you for visiting our post and reading what we’ve been up to this past week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Science – Thermometers
  • First Grade Curriculum Night
  • Halloween and Our Party
  • Ms. Turken’s Foot
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the new chapter book you began this week called Judy Moody.  Tell me about the main character and what the problem is in the story so far.  What kind of pet did Judy get?  Would you want this kind of “pet?”
  • What songs are you singing for the Veteran’s Day assembly on Tuesday?  Which is your favorite song and why?
  • You did a new activity in math this week called Quick Images with shapes.  Tell me how you do this activity and why you do it during math.  Was this activity hard for you?  Why or why not?

Science – Thermometers: This week, we began discovering temperature and thermometers.  We did some work in our classroom as well as outside.  Next week, we will work on an experiment or two with thermometers and discuss what causes temperature to change.  In the meantime, check out the photos below of us taking the temperature.

We took the temperature outside too!  It was chilly on this morning - 44 degrees!
We took the temperature outside too! It was chilly on this morning – 44 degrees!

First Grade Curriculum Night: Please read the information below about our upcoming curriculum evening.  The first grade team hopes to see you there because it’s going to be a great evening of learning for everyone in attendance.  Let us know if you have any questions.

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Halloween and Our Party: Wow!  What fun we had last Friday on Halloween!  After a wonderful morning that included various Halloween activities and an afternoon of playing Halloween BINGO, we FINALLY changed into our costumes and paraded over to Aberdeen Heights as a school community.  After the parade, we returned to our classroom for an exciting party with a game, craft and delicious food!  Look at our photos below from our exciting day!

Tyrin and Alexander were our BINGO callers!
Tyrin and Alexander were our BINGO callers!
Here are some happy BINGO players.
Here are some happy BINGO players.
Here is our parade in front of Aberdeen Heights.
Here is our parade in front of Aberdeen Heights.
Check out some other happy parade-walkers.
Check out some other happy parade-walkers.
It's so fun to make a Halloween craft!  Yay!
It’s so fun to make a Halloween craft! Yay!
These kiddos love the craft too!
These kiddos love the craft too!
Here is some food on a plate.  Look at those cute clementines - they looked like pumpkins! :)
Here is a sampling of our food assortment.  Look at those cute clementines – they looked like pumpkins! 🙂
Yum . . . food in action! :)
Yum . . . food in action! 🙂
Look at this cute bunch -  after the parade.  It was SO cold on this afternoon!
Look at this cute bunch – after the parade.

Ms. Turken’s Foot: Huh?  Really . . . that’s the next topic in this post?  Well . . . unfortunately, yes.  This past Monday, I was stepping off of  a curb at Robinson and landed on the side of my foot.  It really hurt.  Throughout the day the pain got worse and then there was a weird bump and bruising.  Eventually, I got x-rays and learned the my foot was broken.  After missing school – and my first graders – I am back with a boot to wear for the next several weeks.  I showed the wonderful kiddos in room 203 the x-rays below, but thought you might enjoy them too.  Can you find the fracture? (By the way, ignore the fence on the other side of the x-rays, that’s just my deck because I put the film on my window.)

Check out the x-rays of my broken foot.  Unbelievable that this can happen simply by stepping off a curb the wrong way.  Yeesh.
Check out the x-rays of my broken foot. Unbelievable that this can happen simply by stepping off a curb the wrong way. Yeesh.

A Smile for You: Here are some lovely smiles from this week!  How can you not smile when you see first graders beaming about putting together puzzles.  Children are so sweet and cute! 🙂  Thank you again for reading this post.  Have a wonderful fall weekend!  (P.S. Be careful of those pesky curbs . . . I’d hate for you to end up in a boot like me!)

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