Chugging Along in First Grade . . .

This week we continued to work on learning classroom routines and developing our classroom community through a variety of activities.  It has been a fun week and we have definitely done A LOT!  I have highlighted  a few topics in our post below.  Check it out and ask your first grader to give you more details about anything – and everything! 🙂  Thanks for visiting our classroom blog this week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Hiking for Numbers?!?
  • Making a Plan
  • MORE Singing
  • Morning Meeting
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You started reading a chapter book this week called Extraordinary Warren: Super Chicken.  Tell me what has happened in the book so far and what you have enjoyed about the book.
  • You watched a movie in the library this week about the Book Fair that is coming to Robinson.  What books looked interesting to you?
  • You wrote your numbers today on a math sheet.  Did you choose to write your numbers on the 100 sheet or the 150 sheet?  Which number did you stop on?  Did you enjoy writing your numbers?  Why or why not?

Hiking for Numbers?!?: We went on a nature hike the other day.  But, it wasn’t your ordinary hike, we were looking for objects to fit on number posters for our classroom.  While enjoying our Robinson woods, children worked in groups to find a specific number of objects that would fit onto his or her number poster.  Check out our photos below to see the process and what our finished posters look like in our classroom.

We hiked in the Robinson Woods looking for specific numbers of objects to put on our number posters.
We hiked in the Robinson Woods looking for specific numbers of objects to put on our number posters.
Look at this cute hiker!
Look at this cute hiker!
Look at the kiddos putting their objects on the correct number poster.
Look at the kiddos putting their objects on the correct number poster.
Here is our finished product! We not have our numbers prominently posted on our back wall for us to use anytime we need it!
Here is our finished product! We now have ur numbers prominently posted on our back wall for us to use anytime we need it!

Making a Plan:  This year, I am trying something new that I think has great potential.  I am reading a book to the children called The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Click here to learn a little bit more about the book.  Last week, when we first had a conversation as a class, we decided that we all wanted to be happy.  Therefore, why not learn about some habits of happy kids so we can make sure each of the kids in room 203 are happy?  The book has seven stories inside of it, each of which identify a new “habit” kids could start doing in order to be happy.  We have explored and discussed the first three “habits” and have had fun with this book – so far.  Check out some of our work below that we did as a result of learning Habit #2: Make a Plan.

Here is our newly created bulletin board - with all of our plans (or goals) for first grade.
Here is our newly created bulletin board – with all of our plans (or goals) for first grade.
This is our wall with the "habits" we have learned about so far. It is a great reminder to refer back to this often as we make choices during our day.
This is our wall with the “habits” we have learned about so far. It is a great reminder to refer back to this often as we make choices during our day.

MORE Singing: We sang a little bit more this week, too.  We generally sing as a part of our Morning Meeting as we transition to our morning of work.  Below, you can see some of the songs we sang together.  It is always fun to get up and moving to enjoy one another as we sing together.  Ask your first grader which song is his or her favorite!

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Morning Meeting: As a part of our Morning Meeting, greeting one another is of utmost importance to strengthen our learning community as well as providing the opportunity to connect with one another.  Last week, we practiced and learned how to shake hands with another person and we greeted with a simple, “Good morning.”  We will slowly progress toward other greetings, but for now the kids are doing GREAT!  Check out a photo I took during our Morning Meeting this week while the children were greeting one another.

This is during our Morning Meeting when the children greet one another in the morning. They are doing a GREAT job!
This is during our Morning Meeting when the children greet one another in the morning. They are doing a GREAT job!

A Smile for You! As I mentioned last week, I love to try to make you smile.  This is a photo of the kids singing a song and swaying together as they sang.  It was so cute and sweet as they sang this song!  I hope you can appreciate that from the photo below.  Thanks for reading our blog this week.  Have a great weekend!

Look at how sweet this photo is! As the children were singing, "The More We Get Together" they were swaying TOGETHER with their friends. You have got to love first graders!
Look at how sweet this photo is! As the children were singing, “The More We Get Together” they were swaying TOGETHER with their friends. You have got to love first graders!

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Chugging Along in First Grade . . .

  1. Ms. Turken, your classroom updates always look like such fun! I want to be in your class. 🙂 I am excited to see the part about the Seven Habits. I have seen that book before, but have never used it myself. I’m interested to see how it works for you and your students. Where’d you get the idea to start reading it together? The songs are a great idea, too. Keep up the fun and learning in 1st grade!

    1. Mrs. Bearden – thank you for your kind words about our classroom blog. I am glad we are next door neighbors! I got the idea of reading The 7 Habits book from the Character Plus workshop I went to last summer. How are things going over there in second grade?

    1. Dear Lauren,
      Thank you for your sweet words about our blog. I am glad you ear enjoying learning about what we are doing in class! Have a great day!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

    1. Dear Spiegel Family,
      Thank you for reading our blog and looking at the pictures! I am glad you are enjoying it so much. See you soon! Have a great day!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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