Fourth Quarter!

1555-1201-2515-3805Yep, it’s fourth quarter.  It is quite hard to believe how much these children have changed already this year and that we STILL have plenty of time to learn and work together.  It has been nice getting back into a routine this week and spending time with one another again.  I think that everyone has enjoyed our first few days together and look forward to the remaining months of first grade.  As a reminder, third quarter report cards will get sent home next Monday, March 30.  Please look in your child’s backpack for the report.  Thanks for checking out our post this week.  Read below to see what we have been doing together.

  • Conversation Starters
  • History
  • Economics
  • Time
  • Author Visit
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You are just about to finish a chapter book in class called Dog Watch: Trouble in Pembrook. Retell the story to me, including the most important details.  How was the problem solved in the story?
  • During the author visit today, what was your favorite thing you did together?  Did you enjoy reading books together with Ms. Cassanova?  Why or why not?
  • You began talking about needs and wants this week.  Tell me two things you NEED and two things you WANT.  Are these things goods or services?

History:  As you know, we had a BIG history project a few weeks ago in which each first grader researched an important person.  Then, each child taught our class about his or her important person with a visual aid.  Additionally, each child had an opportunity to share the impact their person (has) made in history (so far) and answer questions from their audience.  Check out some of our work below.  While there are only a few posted below, please trust us that they were ALL quite incredible!

Economics: This week, we began our Economics Unit in which the children will build on economic concepts from kindergarten.  We started by discussing needs and wants and which needs and wants are goods and which are services.  Next, we will discover the terms “producer” and “consumer” and explore ways in which their families consume goods and services.  We will also explore concepts such as scarcity and opportunity cost.  Check out the chart below from our first conversation.  We will continue our Economics work next week.

We discussed needs and wants, while also talking about goods and services as we read a book together.
We discussed needs and wants, while also talking about goods and services as we read a book together.

Time: Recently, we have explored clocks and how to tell time during our Math Block.  We have had many discussions and practiced making specific times on clocks.  We have also played Time BINGO, did a Scavenger Hunt and played Time Memory.  Look at the rubric descriptor below in order to see what the goals are for first grade mathematicians.  Please continue to work with your first grader at achieving the “extending” descriptor on the rubric below.

This is the rubric descriptor for telling time in first grade.
This is the rubric descriptor for telling time in first grade.
We even had some fun with time by playing Time BINGO!
We even had some fun with time by playing Time BINGO!

Author Visit: Today, Robinson was incredibly fortunate to have famous author, Mary Cassanova, visit our school.  At the beginning of the year, we LOVED books by this author and have been beside ourselves knowing she was coming to visit us at Robinson.  This morning, we had the opportunity to spend about an hour with her!  She is quite amazing, as I am sure your first grader already told you.  Check out the photos below to see what this experience looked like for your first grader.

Mrs. Meihaus, Robinson's Librarian, welcomed our visiting author in front of over 175 children.  That is a lot of eager kiddos!
Mrs. Meihaus, Robinson’s Librarian, welcomed our visiting author in front of over 175 children. That is a lot of eager kiddos!
At the end of the presentation, Mrs. Cassanova had some children perform a puppet show as the rest of the children read one of her books together.  What fun!
At the end of the presentation, Mrs. Cassanova had some children perform a puppet show as the rest of the children read one of her books together. What fun!

A Smile for You: As I began writing this blog this afternoon, I didn’t know what I was going to put in this section of the post.   But, in the afternoon – after beginning the blog – I saw THE photo and seized the opportunity by taking a picture of some adorable first graders!   During our Math Block, we began talking about measurement and whether things are longer or shorter than one another.  One way in which we did this was by comparing objects, labeling them, and then taking a photo with our iPads.  While my kids were taking one of the photos, I realized it was a great photo opportunity for me too!  It was great fun seeing how excited kids can get as technology is integrated into their learning.  I hope you enjoy the photo this week.  Thanks for reading our blog this week.  Have a wonderful weekend!  It’s beginning to feel a bit like Spring!

Look at first graders in 2015?  Sometimes, technology can make first graders VERY happy to learn. :)
Look at first graders in 2015!  Sometimes, technology can make first graders VERY happy to learn. 🙂

 

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