2015

imagesIt 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
  • Measuring
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • 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?screen-shot-2012-02-04-at-8-31-19-am

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.

This group is putting on a play and have created a background to teach us about respecting others.
This group is putting on a puppet show and have created a background to teach us about respecting others.
This group is teaching about respecting the environment by putting on a skit.  This is their background.
This group is teaching about respecting the environment by putting on a skit. This is their background.
This group is in the process of creating clay objects to go with their poster for when they teach about respecting ourselves.
This group is in the process of creating clay objects to go with their poster for when they teach about respecting ourselves.

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 Comprehension & Collaborationopportunity 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.

Here are some friendly words that first graders decided could be used in group work.
Here are some friendly words that first graders decided could be used in group work.
As this group first met, they sat in a circle so they could all see one another and discuss how they were going to follow our group rules.
As this group first met, they sat in a circle so they could all see one another and discuss how they were going to follow our group rules.  We love how everyone is eye to eye and listening – those are two of our rules!
This group also discussed how to follow our group rules and made a pact to work hard together!  What a happy group of first graders!
This group also discussed how to follow our group rules and made a pact to work hard together! What a happy group of first graders!

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.

Olivia was measuring an orange piece of art and working hard to count her cubes.
Olivia was measuring an orange piece of art and working hard to count her cubes.
This mathematician worked hard to count her cubes too!
This mathematician worked hard to count her cubes too!
Lissa is working hard to measure her paper.
Lissa is working hard to measure her paper.
Paulette had to count a lot of cubes to measure.
Paulette had to count A LOT of cubes to measure.
Wow!  That is a big paper that Thomas worked on to measure!
Wow! That is a big paper that Thomas and Quinn worked on to measure!  Good thing they used their GRIT!
Molly taught us how to measure the side of a paper with cubes.  I love it when first graders teach other first graders!
Molly taught us how to measure the side of a paper with cubes. I love it when first graders teach their peers!

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!

My little Rosie.
My little Rosie.

 

 

 

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