Veteran’s Day – and More!

USFlag-179x99The highlight of the week was definitely our amazing Veteran’s Day Assembly on Tuesday.   It was a beautiful demonstration from Robinson students and staff toward the many heroes of our country.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the assembly, please ask your first grader about the event.  It was quite an experience   Of course, we did many other things this week!  Read below to  learn about what we’ve been up to this past week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Geometry
  • Marshmallows and Math
  • First Grade Curriculum Night
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the Veteran’s Day Assembly.  What was your favorite part?  Why?
  • You played a doubles game called Gobble Gobble Doubles.  How do you play this game?  What are doubles?
  • You have been writing teaching books during your writing time.  Tell me what you are an expert at that you can teach others about.  How can pictures help readers when they are reading your teaching book?

Veteran’s Day: As mentioned above, our assembly on Tuesday was incredibly touching and heartfelt.  There were almost 100 veterans in attendance and it was such an honor to let them know how special they are to each and every Robinson Roadrunner.  There was singing, artwork, music performances and so much more!  It was quite a gathering and gave me one more reason to feel so proud to be a part of the Robinson community.

This is a shot of students at Robinson watching our honored guests process into the gym.
This is a shot of students at Robinson watching our honored guests process into the gym.
Thomas was looking for his grandfather to enter the gym.
Thomas was looking for his grandfather to enter the gym.
A row of heroes.
A row of heroes.
Our kindergarteners led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our kindergarteners led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Geometry: We have been working on identifying our shapes in class.  Now we are moving onto manipulating shapes and determining which shapes make up other shapes.  Additionally, we are working on investigating how many pattern blocks make up particular shapes and what shapes take up more and less space.  Look below to look at one activity we did this week that guided us to discover more about shapes.

Students used pattern blocks to fill in the shapes.  The goal was to use different combinations of pattern blocks as they worked.
Students used pattern blocks to fill in the shapes. The goal was to use different combinations of pattern blocks as they worked.
This mathematician was working hard with her pattern blocks too.
This mathematician was working hard with her pattern blocks too.
This mathematician was challenged to find the largest number of pattern blocks to fill in the shape!  Triangles were the way to go! :)
This mathematician was challenged to find the largest number of pattern blocks to fill in the shape! Triangles were the way to go! 🙂

Marshmallows and Math: Most days during the week, we are fortunate to have a student from Kirkwood High School visit us during our math time.  Her name is Joelle.  Of course, our first graders LOVE her because she is so kind and fun.  On Wednesday, she led a game to help with our math facts.  The goal of the game was for teams to collect marshmallows in a designated spot after telling the sum of a math fact to Joelle.  The team who won was the one who finished solving their pile math facts first.  It was a really exciting game and the children loved it!  Look at the fun they were having in the photos below.

Everyone was getting ready to play the marshmallow addition game!
Everyone was getting ready to play the marshmallow addition game!
Look at these mathematicians in action!
Look at these mathematicians in action!
Go Paulette, go!
Go Paulette, go!

First Grade Curriculum Night: Please read the information below about our upcoming curriculum evening – next Tuesday 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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A Smile for You: Here are two photos of groups after some small groups of children read together during our Reading Workshop.  Each of these groups were working hard on listening to vowel sounds and writing down words under the correct vowel column.  I LOVED the smiles on these kids faces when they were finished because they were so proud of their work.  I hope they make you smile too!  Thanks for reading this week and have a great weekend!

 

 

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