Week Three in First Grade!

IMG_1543We are officially wrapping up our third week of first grade and it is amazing how EACH child  has begun to settle into a routine in our classroom.  We did a lot this week!  We made an alphabet, worked on self-portraits, played math games, made color posters, practiced reading, and continued to work on our friend books.  The highlight of the week was our assembly on Thursday afternoon.  For the next two weeks, Robinson is privileged to have two visiting artists from Rwanda.  You can see them dancing in the photo on the right.  Their names are Pacifique and Trezor.  These gentlemen will teach children dancing, drumming and art during Specials over the coming days.  Thank you for visiting our blog.  

  • Conversation Starters
  • First Grade Readers
  • Our Alphabet
  • Portraits
  • Math Games
  • And . . . MORE Singing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You started reading a new chapter book this week in the Magic Tree House series.  Tell me about the main characters in the book, Jack and Annie, and what has happened so far.
  • Tell me about your favorite parts from the assembly when Pacifique and Trezor performed for Robinson.
  • You learned another “habit” this week that kids do in order to be happy.  The habit was: Think Win-Win.  How can this habit help make you happy?

First Grade Readers: We spent some time reading to self this week and all I can say is that these kiddos are readers!  I have had a chance to read with many of the children and am excited to see how they will grow as readers throughout this school year.  I see amazing potential in each student.  Check out the amazing slideshow below to see our first grade readers in action.

Our Alphabet:  This week, we also made an alphabet for our classroom.  Each child made one or more objects to represent each letter sound.  Then, they cut the objects out of construction paper.  After completing the project, we decided on a location to hang our letters so we could use them as a resource whenever we want.  Look at our finished product below.  The kids are so proud of their creation!

Look at our amazing HOMEMADE alphabet!
Look at our amazing HOMEMADE alphabet!

Portraits: Each first grader in Room 203 has worked VERY hard to create a self-portrait over the last week.  They should be hanging up by conferences next week.  Whew . . . this has been intense work!  We discussed the importance of looking at the features of a face and incorporating these into a portrait.  Each child used a mirror and worked diligently to draw a portrait.  Check out some of our first graders below as they were working on their portraits.

Look at how Cristiano is taking his time and looking in the mirror as he draws his portrait.
Look at how Cristiano is taking his time and looking in the mirror as he draws his portrait.
Gray is working diligently as she creates her self-portrait.
Gray is working diligently as she creates her self-portrait.

Math Games:  We have worked on addition games this past week in order to strengthen combining skills.  As children solve addition problems, they are encouraged to count on in order to find the answer most efficiently.  For example, to solve 8 + 9, the child starts with 8 (instead of counting up to 8), and then continues to count with 9, 10, and on to 17 (From Organizing and Collecting: The Number System, Catherine Twomey Fosnot).  This is a landmark strategy for our mathematicians, so please encourage this strategy as you work together.  Check out a few of our mathematicians below.

And . . . MORE Singing:  We sang a little bit more this week, too.  No more description needed . . . just ask your first grader to sing for you! 🙂

This is a song we sing to remember our to write our letters correctly.
This is a song we sing to remember our to write our letters correctly.
We sing this song as a reminder of how to make great choices on the carpet during our learning times.
We sing this song as a reminder of how to make great choices on the carpet during our learning times.

A Smile for You! This week, our class pet, Bradford, is being featured.  Sometimes we take Bradford out and talk about things we observe about him.  We love him and he is rather fun. 🙂  As you will see in the photo below, the kids thoroughly enjoy him!  I hope you do too!  Thanks for reading this post.  Have a super, Labor Day Weekend.

We took our pet turtle out today and he was walking around all over in our circle!
We took our pet turtle out today and he was walking around all over in our circle!

 

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