It is incredibly hard to believe that we have begun our second semester of first grade. Before we get too deep into new routines and academic learning this year, we are taking time to review our routines and rules in order to build a strong foundation to promote positive behavior in our learning community. This is the learning that impacts character development in children and is so very important. With that being said, it has been extremely refreshing to return to Robinson with the wonderful children in Room 203. We have had a great week and look forward to many more learning days together. Thank you for coming back to read our blog. Read on to learn what we have been up to this week.
- Conversation Starters
- Robinson Road Rules
- Working in Groups
- A Smile for You
- You heard several Show-Me Readers Nominees this week. They were: One Cool Friend, The Quiet Place and Each Kindness. Which was your favorite and why?
- What are some of the rules you follow when working in a group? Why are these rules important to follow?
Robinson Road Rules: After returning from break, it has been important to discuss and remember our Robinson Road Rules. As a reminder, check them out on the right. After having conversation about our Road Rules, each child decided which one he or she was most interested in teaching to our class. Tomorrow, Friday, each group (we have one group for each of the four rules) will present a Robinson Road Rule in a creative way. Check out the photos below so you can see the hard work that has gone into the preparation for the project. It is GOOD stuff and we are very excited to hear what these first graders have to say about our rules.
Working in Groups: Over break, I began reading parts of a really great book called
Comprehension and Collaboration. As I read, I realized that Room 203 has a lot of opportunity to learn how to work well in groups. Oftentimes, children in groups get into arguments, struggle with sharing work and have a difficult time having conversations that will propel their work forward. Knowing that the children would work in groups this week, we have had a lot of discussion about what it looks like and sounds like when groups work together. We modeled group and partner conversations, practiced turning and talking to one another, made posters that included friendly words (for ideas and reminders), and created group rules. Collaborative, productive and positive group work is still new, so things aren’t as rosy as one might expect – or hope! 🙂 But . . . we are making progress! Check out a few pictures of the prep work we did earlier this week.
Measuring and Adding: We are in the midst of a math unit about measuring art pieces for an imaginary art show. Our class read a book together to develop the context and then began measuring art pieces with connecting cubes. So far, our discussion has revolved around ways to measure efficiently and what measurements mean. Tomorrow and next week, we will begin adding these numbers together by using efficient grouping strategies. In the meantime, look at the hard work our first grade mathematicians did this week.
A Smile for You: This week I chose a photo that is sure to make you smile – or maybe it just makes me smile. 🙂 Uh – oh . . . that must mean that it’s another picture of my dog, Rosie. Here she is taking a rest. I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend. Thanks again for reading our post!