Happy ALMOST Winter Break!

eiMoA79inTomorrow?  Well, I guess Winter Break is really here, huh?  We have had fun this week exploring traditions and cultures.  We also published our teaching books and have a writing celebration planned with another first grade classroom tomorrow.  

Thank you for faithfully reading our classroom blog this first semester.  I hope you have found it to be a helpful resource to aid in connecting with your first grader and gain a clearer understanding of the learning and exploration that takes place in our classroom on a daily basis.  Read on to learn what we have been doing recently.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Teaching Books
  • Traditions, Culture and Holidays
  • Interactive Writing
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You had an opportunity to do Winter Wonderland in P.E. this week.  What was your favorite part and why?
  • When you visited the library this week, what book did Mrs. Meihaus read to your class?  What did you learn from this story?

Teaching Books: We have worked HARD to publish our teaching books this week.  The children have worked to write a book about a topic in which THEY are the expert.  Therefore, they can teach others about what they know.  By the way, there are MANY experts in room 203!  During our writing unit, we talked about the importance of keeping our audience in mind by thinking of the questions they might ask, using pictures to teach more about our topic and choosing specific words to give our reader a chance to enjoy learning from us.  Look at a few of the titles of our writing pieces below.  I think you’ll like what you see.  🙂

Traditions, Culture and Holidays: This week we explored and discussed various traditions from our own family.  We also had conversation about different cultures.  Our conversations guided us to focus a majority of our time on some holidays that are celebrated by groups of people.  For each holiday, we discussed the purpose, history, common foods and symbols.   Look at some of our work below.

At the beginning of the week, we talked about some traditions in our own lives.
At the beginning of the week, we talked about some traditions in our own lives.

 

Interactive Writing: I know I mentioned interactive writing near the beginning of the year. I hope you have continued to notice some of our writing on this blog because when we write together, there is so much learning that can take place!  Click here to see some of the interactive writing we did at the beginning of the year.  As a reminder, interactive writing is when we “share the pen” in a large or small group and work on specific literacy skills that I guide the children toward in order to become stronger readers and writers.  Recently, we did some powerful interactive writing.  Check it out below.

This is a letter that we wrote together to my brother, Jeff, during his recent visit to our classroom.
This is a letter that we wrote together to my brother, Jeff, during his recent visit to our classroom.
This is an example of interactive writing for the holidays we have explored together.
This is an example of interactive writing for the holidays we have explored together.
This is the bulletin board outside our classroom where we wrote the similarities and differences among two versions of a story.
This is the bulletin board outside our classroom where we wrote the similarities and differences among two versions of a story.

A Smile for You: This week I chose a photo that is sure to make you smile.  When I see first graders as proud of their work as this, I cannot help but feel joy inside.  Thanks for reading this week’s post and if you don’t hear from me before we return to school in January, have an incredibly wonderful break with your first grader!

Thomas is proudly holding his mkeka he made to represent Kwanzaa.
Thomas is proudly holding the mkeka he made to represent Kwanzaa.

 

 

 

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