Happy . . . May?!?

1-flower-spinNo way is it already May – right?!?  I CANNOT believe that we are actually in the last month of school – and now, the last weeks.  I can still think back to the first day of school with the wonderful first graders in Room 203.  It is hard to imagine that the last day is right around the corner.  Until that day arrives, we will continue to learn and work together in our classroom to become stronger individuals in our community.  Check out what we did this past week by reading below.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!

  • Conversation Starters
  • REMINDER – Robinson Field Day Sign-up
  • End of the Year Dates
  • Science – Animal Presentations
  • Math Work
  • Reading – Sound Sorting
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class started a new chapter book this week . . . another Junie B. Jones text!  Tell me where Junie is going on vacation with her family.  What has happened in the book so far?
  • Teach me how you could represent the following data in two or more ways.  Students in a fourth grade classroom answered the question: What is your favorite musical instrument?  The data showed: guitar = 8, drums = 4 and violin = 10.

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REMINDER – Robinson Field Day Sign-up:  Calling all parents! Field Day is coming and we need your help! We are looking for about 26 parents to help run the stations. Please click here to sign-up for a spot.  Please, please sign-up because the kiddos LOVE seeing parents there!  So mark your calendars and come join the fun! Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes, tennis shoes, and a hat or sunscreen if needed. Plastic bottles of water are also allowed.  We will follow Field Day with our second annual all school picnic outside from 12:00 until 12:45. So pack a lunch and bring a blanket and join us as we start a new Roadrunner tradition. As always, if Mother Nature does not cooperate, we will have to cancel. So hope for the sun to shine and come share the fun!

End of the Year Dates: The following information will come home as a hard copy with your first grader this week, however, I wanted you to access it online as well.  Let me know if you have any questions as you look through the events for the next couple of weeks in first grade.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 5.48.40 PMScience – Animal Presentations: This week, we finished our animal projects by making paper representations of each animal – as a baby.  Then, each first grader presented their habitat work from last week by taking a video of their work and showing it to the class.  It was such fun to hear the kids teaching one another about their learning.  Check out some of the photos below of what they did.

First, we created our animals.  We tried our best to make the animal the size it would really be when it is born.
Matt tried her best to make her baby animal the size it would really be when it is born.
Look at this baby Copperhead!
Look at this baby snake that George is making. 🙂
Each first grader made a video of themselves to show the different parts of their animal creation. This is what it looked like when they were showing us their video.
Each first grader made a video of themselves to show the different parts of their animal creation. This is what it looked like when they were showing us their video and teaching us what they learned about how to take care of their baby animal..

Math Work: This week we are finishing our work on data.  As you see graphs and charts in real life, please continue to ask your first grader ways to represent data and discuss ways to interpret the data.  As we worked with data this week, one day we used Skittles to represent our data and answer questions about it.  It is quite humorous how warm and fuzzy first graders can get when candy becomes a part of our learning.  I heard many children telling me how much they loved me as their favorite teacher as they worked! 🙂  I simply hope that in the midst of the excitement over the candy that the kiddos continued to and grow as mathematicians!

Here is one of our happy mathematicians with her Skittles - ready to sort and graph.
Here is one of our happy mathematicians with her Skittles – ready to sort and graph.
Thomas worked to sort his Skittles.
Thomas worked to sort his Skittles.
Here are two mathematicians working to sort their Skittles before graphing.
Here are two mathematicians working to sort their Skittles before graphing.
This is an example of one way we can represent data.
This is an example of one way we can represent data.
WE used what we know about data to make a graph about which chapter book we wanted to read next.
WE used what we know about data to make a graph about which chapter book we wanted to read next.

Reading – Sound Sorting: As the children in our classroom continue to work HARD to become better readers, one thing we do from time to time is sort words.  Words can be sorted in many ways to increase literacy skills.  This week, we chose to sort words by the vowel sounds they made in the middle of the word.  Even though this sounds like a simple task, it’s not always so easy.  When children do word work by saying and listening to words, it always support readers to grow in their literacy skills.  Check out what it looked like in the photos below as children worked on their word sorting this week.

This is what it looks like before the words are sorted by sound.
This is what it looks like before the words are sorted by sound.
Here is an example of a finished sorting sheet.  Are they all correct? :)
Here is an example of a finished sorting sheet. Are they all correct? 🙂

A Smile for You: A week ago, we received a wonderful surprise in our classroom – a trampoline!  You might wonder why a trampoline would be an appropriate learning tool in a first grade classroom.  Quite simply, movement helps ALL OF US (adults too!) become stronger thinkers by stimulating our brain.  Since movement has such positive results for everyone, having our own trampoline allows us to work harder during the day without leaving our room!  If you look closely on the easel in the photo below, you will see the “Trampoline Rules” the children created.  You will also see one very happy first grader jumping – and jumping! – to become an even brighter little girl!  Enjoy the photo below, smile . . . and have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for reading this week’s post.

We got a trampoline in our classroom last week. It makes me smile to see jumpers in action!
We got a trampoline in our classroom last week. It makes me smile to see jumpers in action!

 

 

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