SO MUCH Learning!

UnknownThe first graders in Room 203 have worked incredibly hard this past week.  Wow!  They have investigated fractions in math, worked on writing non-fiction books about Thanksgiving, created posters about solids, liquids and gases – and more!  See?  I told you.  They have been BUSY!  Thanks for reading our post this week.  And . . . Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving. 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Science – States of Matter
  • Exploring Fractions
  • There Was An Old Lady . . . 
  • First Grade Curriculum Night
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You finished your read aloud, Judy Moody, this week.  Did you enjoy the book?  Why or why not?
  • Tell me about the states of matter you explored and learned about for your poster this week.  Give me examples of each state of matter.
  • You are writing a non-fiction book about Thanksgiving during your writing time.  What have you written in your book so far?  Why is this information important for readers to know?

Science – States of Matter: During that past few weeks, we have learned and explored states of matter.  This week, we researched solids, liquids and gases and eventually turned our research into posters that we presented – and are still presenting – to kindergartners.  The first graders thought it would be wise to teach children younger than them, so we asked the kindergarten teachers if we could pay them a visit.  Today, we visited one classroom and tomorrow we are going to visit another.  Check out the photos below and you will see the amazing work our first grade scientists have been up to and why I am very proud of each and every one of them.

Look at this scientist putting her poster together.
Look at this scientist putting her poster together.
Here are two more scientists working hard on their poster.
Here are two more scientists working hard on their poster.
This is one of our finished science posters.
This is one of our ALMOST finished science posters.
This is a finished science poster.
This is another ALMOST finished science poster.
First grade scientists presenting to kindergartners.
First grade scientists presenting to kindergarten students.
Here are some more first grade scientists presenting their work.
Here are some more first grade scientists.  They are answering a question from a kindergarten student.

Exploring Fractions: We are beginning to explore fractions and started with an investigation into a real-life application by discussing how to split food equally among different groups of people in a restaurant.  The children received manipulatives (paper plate and construction paper) and worked in groups to discuss this concept.  We will continue to work on fractions next week and after Thanksgiving Break.  Feel free to do some at-home learning to support your first grader’s knowledge of fractions.  Check out the rubric descriptor below that will appear on the second quarter report card, as well as some great photos of the first grade mathematicians presenting their fraction findings.

This is the rubric descriptor for fractions.
This is the rubric descriptor for fractions.

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618DRq5AyCL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_There Was An Old Lady . . . Wouldn’t it be so mean if I were writing about a real person?  Thank goodness I am not, huh?  In this part of the post, I am referring to a book we read earlier this week.  We had so much fun taking about the book and creating items the main character ate in the story.  Look at the “old lady” we created together in the photo below.  We will continue with this type of story, but will read different versions so we can compare and contrast the texts.  (This is an important skill for first graders to develop and is also one of the descriptors on our reading rubric that the children will be assessed on this quarter.  Check that out below.)

This is the rubric descriptor referenced above.
This is the rubric descriptor referenced above.
Look who we made!
Look who we made!

First Grade Curriculum Night: Thank you for those of you who were able to attend the First Grade Curriculum Night on Tuesday evening.  Please know that I am aware many of you were unable to attend and understand you have many other commitments.  If you would like information about what was discussed during the evening, I am happy to provide this for you.  Please email me and let me know.  In the meantime, check out the some photos from the evening.  You can see how hard first grade parents work – just like their kids do at school each day.

Look at how hard these parents worked during the design challenge!
Look at how hard these parents worked during the design challenge!
Parents collaborated during our first grade curriculum night.
Parents collaborated during our first grade curriculum night.
Here are some more parents working as a team during the design challenge at curriculum night.
Here are some more parents working as a team during the design challenge at curriculum night.

A Smile for You: This week I’m going to be selfish on the ending photo.  Sorry!   Your child knows all about the dog below, but you may not yet. 🙂  Three weeks ago, I got a new dog and love her to pieces.  She is a bit of a handful because she is QUITE a puppy, but makes me smile –  and we have a lot of fun together.  So, without further ado – I’d like you to meet Rosie. 🙂  

My newest love, Rosie. :)
My newest love, Rosie. 🙂

 

 

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2 thoughts on “SO MUCH Learning!

  1. Rosie is absolutely precious!!! Love the packed library for curriculum night as well! Oh, and the rubric inserted with the photos/learning this week is SO helpful in making home connections, thank you!

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