Happy ALMOST Conferences!

happy-school-kids-clipart-RcGyXbAGiNext week, we are beginning parent-teacher conferences . . . more about that later.  But this week, we did so much that I would like to share with you.  We keep chugging along on our first grade journey and are having a lot of laughs along the way. 🙂  I hope you continue to enjoy learning about what we are doing in our classroom and get a glimpse of what we get to do together everyday.  As always, thanks for visiting our blog this week. 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Robinson Road Rules
  • Measuring
  • Poetry
  • Our Video Chat
  • Student-Led Conference Information
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You began – and finished – a chapter book this week.  Tell me about the book and what you enjoyed about it.
  • When you measured during your math time, you started using ten-strips.  When you count with ten-strips, why is it more efficient?  Do you like counting by tens?  Why or why not?
  • You had an opportunity to read, listen to and write poems this week.  Tell me about a favorite and what you liked about it.

Robinson Road Rules: As I wrote about last week, we presented our Robinson Road Rules to one another in class.  As a reminder, these are: I respect others, I respect learning, I respect myself and I respect the environment.  Check out some of the creative ways the children presented these rules to one another.  They are brilliant!

Measuring: We continued to work on measuring this week, with our discussions leading toward ways we can EFFICIENTLY count in equal groups.  As we used ten-strips to measure, it allowed us to count by tens, which guided us to practice measuring in more efficient ways.  We will continue to work on ways to efficiently count and begin to discuss how to combine, or add, these numbers together.  This work will support one of our first grade expectations of adding numbers within 100.  We will continue to work on this skill over the next several weeks.  Look at the descriptor below for more clarification.  After that, check out pictures of our hard work in math this week.

This is one of the first grade rubric descriptors for this quarter in math.
This is one of the first grade rubric descriptors for this quarter in math.
First graders cut out ten-strips in order to count in more efficient ways (by tens) as they measured.
First graders cut out ten-strips in order to count in more efficient ways (by tens) as they measured.
These mathematicians used ten-strips to measure in order to count by tens.
These mathematicians used ten-strips to measure in order to count by tens.
I LOVE when first grade mathematicians teacher one another.  Here is an example of Quinn teaching the class about measuring by looking at a picture of how a classmate measured the day before.
I LOVE when first grade mathematicians teacher one another. Here is an example of Quinn teaching the class about measuring by looking at a picture of how a classmate measured the day before.
Here is another first grader teaching us about his observations of another first grader's measuring strategy,  After all, mathematicians learn from one another in order to grow.
Here is another first grader teaching us about his observations of another first grader’s measuring strategy.  After all, mathematicians learn from one another in order to grow.

Poetry: This week, we began reading and writing poetry.  It was SO FUN!  As you look at the pictures below, you will see that on Monday, we knew very little about poetry (check out the chart in the first picture, in the lefthand column).  There was – and still is – a lot of opportunity to learn about poetry together.  However, we discovered a lot together (check out the chart in the first picture, in the righthand column) and will continue to do so next week.  We also began writing poems, which has been great too.  Check out some of the work from our first grade poets below.

We started off the week talking about things we thought we knew about poetry.  Then, we began writing about things we discovered about poetry.
We started off the week talking about things we thought we knew about poetry. Then, we began writing about things we discovered about poetry.
As we read poetry this week, we read several poems aloud together.  Sometimes, we even act out the poems too!
As we read poetry this week, we read several poems aloud together. Sometimes, we even act out the poems too!
Look at this poem about Batman!
Look at this poem about Batman!
Another great poem!
Another great poem!
And . . . another!
And . . . another!
One final poem for you to read. :)
One final poem for you to read. 🙂

Our Video Chat: Shortly before Thanksgiving, my brother, Jeff, came to visit our classroom.  He lives on a sailboat in Maryland and showed pictures to the children during his visit to Robinson.  While he was in our classroom, the children were fascinated with his “home,” and had oodles of questions for him.  After his visit, they wrote to him and asked if he’d like to have a video chat with us.  We had an opportunity to “chat” with him via our computer this week.  Look at the pictures below to see what it was like to chat with someone in other state – from our classroom!

We came up with a list of questions to ask Jeff before out video chat.  This was just one of the two pages!
We came up with a list of questions to ask Jeff before our video chat. This was just one of the two pages!
Look at us chatting with Jeff from Maryland!
Look at us chatting with Jeff from Maryland!
We even got to meet Jeff's dog during our video chat!
We even got to meet Jeff’s dog during our video chat!

Student-Led Conference Information: Today, you received BOTH an email and a letter about upcoming conferences.  In case you missed it somehow, the information is below too.  Apparently, I don’t want you to miss out on this important information!  I am excited to help prepare these first graders for their first student-led conferences.  Just wait – you will be impressed too!

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A Smile for You: This week, we had a lot of fun.  In P.E., the children also began the greatly anticipated roller skating sessions!  Before the first chance to roller skate, we stopped to snap a photo!  The children were so excited!  Check out the cute faces below!  Thanks for reading our post this week and have a great weekend!

Look at these happy faces - ready to go roller skating!
Look at these happy faces – ready to go roller skating!

 

 

 

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