Happy iPad Day!

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 9.57.51 PMToday was a HUGE day in our classroom!  It was both our Valentine’s Party AND our first day with our own iPads in our classroom.  Awesome, huh?  On Tuesday of this week, we received a “mysterious” white cart from our Technology Specialist, Ms. Rima.  It sat in our room with many, many curious eyes trying to peek inside.  Finally, the contents of the cart were revealed today with an individual iPad for each first grader.  Awesome, huh?  So . . . we considered our surprise a Valentine’s Day gift and look very forward to enjoying these learning tools for the rest of the year in first grade.  Aside from that excitement, we have continued with our opinion writing this week and also decorated our Valentine’s boxes.  Read below to check out some of the photos from this past week.  Thanks for visiting!

  • Conversation Starters
  • iPads in First Grade
  • Our Valentine’s Party
  • Making Valentine’s Boxes
  • Opinion Writing
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You visited with your fourth grade Learning Buddy again this week.  What did you do with your buddy?
  • What was your favorite part of your Valentine’s Party?  Why did you like that part best?
  • You got to take your brand new iPads to P.E. today.  What did you do with your iPad in P.E.?

iPads in First Grade: Holy cow were the kids excited about this surprise!  We will begin using the iPads in the classroom as a learning tool more next week.   I am sure you will hear about it because it was such an exciting surprise today. 🙂  As many of you know, last year I taught fifth grade and we had iPads all year.  One of the most informative resources I found was created by one of our district technology experts.  If you’d like to learn more about iPads in Kirkwood School District, click here and read on.  Look below to check out some of the great photos from our first day with iPads.

What a cool sight to see all of the iPads lined up so neatly for each of the children to receive.
What a cool sight to see all of the iPads lined up so neatly for each of the children to receive. After using them today, I am confident that this cart will never look quite as organized again.  We’ll try, but those cords seem to get tangled with one another really easily.
This is what the kids looked like when they found out they were getting iPads TODAY!
This is what the kids looked like when they found out they were getting iPads TODAY!
Let's explore our iPads!
Let’s explore our iPads!
"We got iPads!"
“We got iPads!”

Our Valentine’s Party: Of course any party is a highly anticipated day for everyone in our room and our wonderful party definitely met the expectations for all of the kiddos!  We had such a fun time spending the afternoon with Valentine’s Day snacks, a craft and BINGO.  Check out the slideshow below to see some photos from our great party.

Making Valentine’s Boxes: It is quite a process getting boxes ready for Valentine’s Day in first grade.  First off, thank you for sending in shoeboxes for this project.  We had the EXACT number we needed for everyone to have a box.  Yay!  This year, I decided to have the kids make traditional Valentine’s boxes and decorate them in anyway they wanted.  The finished boxes were marvelous and it appeared as though everyone was proud of their finished product.  Check out the photos below to see the process we used to complete each box.

This is what our soon-to-be Valentine's Boxes looked like at first . . . kind of boring, huh?
This is what our soon-to-be Valentine’s Boxes looked like at first . . . kind of boring, huh?
Painting can get a little messy too. :)
Painting can get a little messy too. 🙂
Our boxed needed some drying time.
Our boxes needed some drying time.
Then, they needed some decorations to make them personal!
Then, the boxes needed some decorations to make each one personal.
Another shot of our amazing boxes!
Check out our amazing, FINISHED boxes!
Look at the kids passing out their Valentine's for one another.  How cute!
Look at the kids passing out their Valentine’s for one another.

Opinion Writing: This week, we continued working on writing opinions about our collections by trying to convince our readers to believe what we believe.  The goal of this writing is for each writer to clearly write his or her opinion with more than one reason.  We also discussed how the reasons need to be strong and powerful (for example, using evidence or quotes from others), rather than weak (for example, saying that an item is liked because it is a favorite color or cute).  As we move into next week, we will work on solidifying our opinions and begin sharing them with one another.  Check out our anchor charts below, as well as some of our collections.

As we continued to write opinion pieces about our collections, we used these charts as a guide to write better.
As we continued to write opinion pieces about our collections, we used these charts as a guide to write better.

A Smile for You: Am I allowed to re-post a photo from earlier in this blog post for this week’s smile?  I haven’t ever done that before, but I’ve decided that this photo definitely needs to get posted again because it is SO GREAT!  When I saw the look on the children’s faces today as they learned that they were really getting their own iPad, it made my heart happy.  So . . . I thought I’d share the photo with you again, and hopefully it will make you will smile. 🙂  Have a great weekend and thanks for reading this week.

This is what the kids looked like when they found out they were getting iPads TODAY!
This is what the kids looked like when they found out they were getting iPads TODAY!

 

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