Let’s Go Cardinals!

bird-graphics-cardinal-069582This week, we started off by doing some baseball themed work for the Cardinals home opener.  Then, we jumped right into counting money – something we had NEVER done before.  Low and behold – these kids accepted the challenge and did an incredible job counting money that was collected from the ENTIRE school for Hat Day.  Check out those photos below!  We did a lot of writing by finishing our opinion pieces and explored Keynote on our iPads to learn more about animals during Science.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week – enjoy!

  • Conversation Starters
  • First Grade Cardinals Fans
  • Math – Data
  • Math – Counting Money
  • Walker’s Club
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You are ALMOST finished with your chapter book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  What happened in the book this week?  How do you think the book is going to end?  Why?
  • You just got a new trampoline in your classroom today.  How do you think that your class should use the trampoline to be stronger learners?
  • You used your iPad a lot this week during science to make personal movies.  Tell me about one of the movies you made and what you learned.

First Grade Cardinals Fans: On Monday, we began by reading a book about the Cardinals. As we read, we discussed facts we learned about the team, with the plan to write them on a paper baseball during our Reading Workshop.  Next, we talked about the foam fingers that are often seen at baseball games to cheer on the home team and decided it would be fun to make our own.  Look at the kids working below and you will see their “finger” coming to life, with facts about the BEST baseball team – the Cardinals!

This first grader was working hard on writing three facts about the Cardinals.
This first grader was working hard on writing three facts about the Cardinals.
Here are three facts one kiddos wrote about the Cardinals.
Here are three facts one kiddos wrote about the Cardinals.
Go Cardinals!
Go Cardinals!
George is a happy Cardinals fan - with his three facts about the team.
George is a happy Cardinals fan – with his three facts about the team.
Mati is a happy fan, too! :)
Mati is a happy fan, too! 🙂

Math – Data: We have worked this week to describe, organize and represent data.  We used several sets of data as we analyzed and answered questions.  Our next goal is to begin making inferences from the data and drawing conclusions.  We even collected data from the trail behind Robinson!  Clearly, you can collect data anywhere.  🙂  We will continue this work into next week.  Check out the rubric descriptors below on what the children are expected to know about data in first grade.

This is the rubric descriptor for data in first grade.
This is the rubric descriptor for data in first grade.
We talked about our favorite chapter books, so far this year and recorded our data on a chart.  This is what the chart looked like BEFORE we discussed ways to organize our data.
We talked about our favorite chapter books, so far this year and recorded our data on a chart. This is what the chart looked like BEFORE we discussed ways to organize our data.
Ahh . . . organized data from a survey question. :)
Ahh . . . organized data from a different survey question. 🙂
Molly collected data during our walk in the Robinson woods.
Molly collected data during our walk in the Robinson woods.
Here are a few more hard workers collecting data during our hike.
Here are a few more hard workers collecting data during our hike.

Math – Counting Money: This past week, we had the BIG JOB of counting money that was collected from Hats On Day on Monday.  Whew!  It was a big job, but these kiddos took on the challenge and persevered!  I don’t think words can do the process much justice because the photos below explain A LOT.  Check out our hard work and give your kiddo a big hug for working so diligently on this task.

Look at the jumbled mess of money we started with!  Oh no!
Look at the jumbled mess of money we started with! Oh no!
Next, we watched a short video about money and decided on some important things to remember about equivalency.
Next, we watched a short video about money and decided on some important things to remember about equivalency.
Then, we sorted our money into coins and bills.
Then, we sorted our money into coins and bills.
After dividing into groups, we began counting the totals for each group.
After dividing into groups, we began counting the totals for each group.
Look at all of our organized quarters in groups of $10 each.  Awesome team!
Look at all of our organized quarters in groups of $10 each. Awesome team!
Finally, we discussed the total amounts from each group and found out the GRAND total.  Whew!  That was HARD and gritty work!
Finally, we discussed the total amounts from each group and found out the GRAND total. Whew! That was HARD and gritty work!

animated-shoe-image-0006Walker’s Club: Our school-wide walking competition continues for another two weeks.  Unfortunately, we are in second place among the first grade classrooms. 😦  However, we are not discouraged and working hard during our recess to get in our laps!  Check out our laps below.  You will see that we have settled on a strategy that seems to be quite efficient for us.  Good work Room 203 – you found a great way to add our laps!

Here is our Walker's Club data from Tuesday of this week!  We have been trying to walk and run as much as possible!  Thank goodness for beautiful weather!
Here is our Walker’s Club data from Tuesday of this week! We have been trying to walk and run as much as possible! Thank goodness for beautiful weather!

A Smile for You: The photo became a quick favorite as we explored outside this afternoon. The kids LOVE being outside, which is why I try to get out as much as we can.  Enjoy the photo, smile, and . . . have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!

This photo made me smile as I saw how well our kids were working outside as they collected data during our math time.
This photo made me smile as I saw how well our kids were working outside as they collected data during our math time.

 

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