Happy ALMOST Art Show!

UnknownFrom the title of this post, you can tell that our INCREDIBLE Robinson Art Show is just around the corner.  The Robinson Art Show takes place next Wednesday, March 4th, from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.  The theme of the show is the “Night at the Museum.”   Every Robinson student has a piece on display during the Art Show so you won’t want to miss this great evening.  I hope you can make it to the show to see what your child has prepared to display.  Thank for visiting our blog this week and we will see you next Wednesday evening.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing and Our Learning Buddies
  • Math
  • Researching Important People
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Positive Influence
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You finished reading your chapter book, Clementine.  At the end of the story Clementine received a gift in a box from her family.  What was the gift and why did they give it to her?
  • Your fourth grade Learning Buddies visited you on Thursday morning to teach you about a few apps on your iPad.  Which app did you like best and why?
  • What did you create for the Robinson Art Show next week?  Did you enjoy making your art piece?  Why or why not?

Writing and Our Learning Buddies: Last week, we had our Learning Buddies come listen to our amazing opinion pieces where each first grader tried to convince his or her reader to believe what he or she believed.  It was fun having older students come to listen to our writing since our other celebration included other first graders.  This week, we began to write review pieces where we are reviewing something and telling others why they should believe what we do (another version of an opinion piece).  Some of the review topics are movies, restaurants, countries and video games.  Next week, we will continue to work on our review writing and add key writing skills to each piece.  Check out the photos below from the last week’s celebration with our fourth grade Learning Buddies.

Check out this photo of our Writing Celebration last week with our Learning Buddies.
Check out this photo of our Writing Celebration last week with our Learning Buddies.
Molly is sharing her writing piece with a fourth grade buddy.
Molly is sharing her writing piece with a fourth grade buddy.
Buddies are pretty amazing - and TALL. :)
Buddies are pretty amazing – and TALL. 🙂

Math: This week, we have done something a little different during our Math Workshop.  Each first grader belongs to a math group formed from his or her specific learning skills and growth opportunities.  Mrs. Bell (Robinson Math Interventionist) and I work with the groups each day during our Math Workshop (sometimes multiple times a day!) in order to reach, teach and challenge each learner.  Wow!  The kids are doing some great math thinking and working really hard.  Check out a photo from our Math Workshop below to see two mathematicians discussing their thinking.

Look at Quinn and George having a conversation about their math work so they can prove their thinking to one another.
Look at Quinn and George having a conversation about their math work so they can prove their thinking to one another.

Researching Important People: This week, each first grader chose an important person he or she would like to learn more about.  Some of the important people are: Michael Jordan, Helen Keller, Bessie Coleman, Rosa Parks, Michael Jackson, and Albert Pujols.  Each student worked to learn facts about his or her important person and wrote a question to learn more.  Next week, we will begin researching online (using iPads!) as well as discuss the contributions each person has made to history.  Additionally, you will see some work come home for your child to do in order to learn more about his or her important person.  In the meantime, check out the photo below of two students discussing their facts.

Molly and Maddie are talking about their important person together to come up with facts and a question about her.
Molly and Maddie are talking about their important person together to come up with facts and a question about her.

UnknownAbraham Lincoln’s Positive Influence:  Our next door neighbor at school, Mrs. Bearden introduced us to a great book series last week.  The series includes five biographies about people who have changed the world.  This week, we read three of the books and have learned so much!  One of the books we read was about Abraham Lincoln and how he changed history through his brave and courageous words and actions during difficult times.  Check out some of the pages from the book below and then see what one of Lincoln’s quotes prompted us to think and talk about in our room.  Amazing.  I love how Lincoln was – and still is – an incredibly positive influence on so many – young and old.

This is the first page in our book about Abraham Lincoln.
This is the first page in our book about Abraham Lincoln.
Here is another page from our book about Abraham Lincoln.
Here is another page from our book about Abraham Lincoln.
Look at the thoughts the kiddos had after hearing words from Abraham Lincoln.
Look at the thoughts the kiddos had after hearing words from Abraham Lincoln.

A Smile for You: During our Choice Time, the kiddos in Room 203 LOVE to be creative – and sometimes, silly. 🙂  While I don’t want to necessarily encourage the kind of “dress-up” in the photo below (ha, ha), it does make me smile and laugh.  So . . . I hope it makes you smile too.  Have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Have a wonderful weekend.

We do have dress-up clothes in our room that are generally used for appropriate purposes.  However, on this day, these boys wanted to put on ALL of the dress-up clothes.  Yeesh.
We do have dress-up clothes in our room that are generally used for appropriate purposes. However, on this day, these boys wanted to put on ALL of the dress-up clothes. Yeesh.
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