17 Days of First Grade!

Today was officially the 17th day of first grade!  Wow!  The days go by quickly and we have been doing so much!  Not only has your first grader had the incredible opportunity to work with Pacifique and Trezor this week, but he or she has also done some great learning inside our classroom as well.  We began writing a story about things we like, labeled our room, read another “habit” for happy kids, did an math investigation about peas and carrots, worked on our handwriting, and finished our portraits!  Whew!  That is A LOT, right?  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Read on to learn more.  

  • Conversation Starters
  • Labeling Our Room
  • Morning Meeting
  • Self-Portraits
  • MORE First Grade Readers
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You have continued reading your Magic Tree House chapter book.  Tell me what has happened this week in the book.
  • You visited the Book Fair at school in the library.  Tell me about some of the books you saw and why they looked interesting to you.
  • This week, you did an investigation during math about carrots and peas.  If you were trying to have 7 in all, what are some of the different ways you could make combinations of carrots and peas?  How do you know when you have found ALL of the ways?

Labeling Our Room:  This week, we had a conversation about our classroom and we determined that we needed to begin labeling some things.  We decided that if a new person walked into our room, they wouldn’t know where things were so it would be most helpful for us to put labels on the most important things.  We discussed what we needed to label and then got to work.  Check out our first graders in action and some of our finished labels below.

These friends are labeling one of our work tables.
These friends are labeling one of our work tables.
Look at these proud first graders who labeled our room!
Look at these proud first graders who labeled the aquarium for our class turtle!
Check out this label: "Where We Go Magnets." Awesome!
Check out this label: “Where You Go Magnets.” Awesome!
We labeled our Art Center too!
We labeled our Art Center too!
We also labeled our wall with our "Habits of Happy Kids."
We also labeled our wall with our “Habits of Happy Kids.”

Morning Meeting: You have seen a few photos from our Morning Meeting in previous blog posts, but I wanted to take a few minutes to share further information about this important part of your first grader’s day each morning.  Around 9:00am each day, we gather for about 20-25 minutes.  We sit in a  circle, so everyone can see one another and begin with having each child greet one another by name.  This might include a traditional handshake or another variety of greeting.  Next, we do a group activity together.  This might include a song or a game.  The group activity allows us to feel our strength as a whole group.  Next, we move onto our Morning Message.  The Message is something I have written to the students in a visible location for all of the students to see.  It provides a glimpse of our day together and allows us the opportunity to discuss upcoming activities.  Soon, we will begin to incorporate a sharing portion into our meeting, which will allow children to learn about one another and learn how to respect one another ideas and things.  As you can see, Morning Meeting is jam-packed with multiple learning opportunities!  I hope you enjoy  checking out some of the photos from our Morning Meeting below.

As you saw a couple of weeks ago, this is what our Morning Meeting looks like when we greet one another.
As you saw a couple of weeks ago, this is what our Morning Meeting looks like when we greet one another.
This photo shows Gus setting out our straws and the rest of the class is counting for him. These straws represent the number of days of school we have had so far.
This photo shows Gus setting out our straws and the rest of the class is counting for him. These straws represent the number of days of school we have had so far.
Our helper, Paiton, was getting ready for our Morning Meeting by completing our Morning Message. She was using a great strategy by referring to our Word Wall to spell a word correctly.
Our helper, Paiton, was getting ready for our Morning Meeting by completing our message. She was using a great strategy by referring to our Word Wall to spell a word correctly.
This is an example of our Morning Message after our helper completed and read it to us.
This is an example of our Morning Message after our helper completed and read it to us.
These friends worked on our Morning Message together during our Morning Meeting.
These friends worked on our Morning Message together during our Morning Meeting.

Self-Portraits: We have officially finished our self-portraits.  As you will see in the amazing photos below, each child worked diligently on making sure that the portrait represented him or her.  In addition, each first grader drew an object on a shirt that included something that was important in his or her life.  When you look at the portraits below, you will see some favorite stuffed animals, foods and family members on the shirts.  Finally, check out the name below each portrait.  Each first grader worked very hard to make sure they wrote their name correctly (starting with an uppercase letter and all of the other letters are lowercase) to use as a reference ALL year.  Also, each name has starting dots on it as a reminder of where each kiddo needs to start his or her letters to write their name.  Awesome work, first graders!

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MORE First Grade Readers: We spent some more time reading to self this week!  I just wanted you to check out another glimpse at these hard working readers.  They are fantastic!

A Smile for You! This week, we started using some sidewalk chalk during our morning recess.  This picture is just sweet and makes me happy.  I hope it does the same for you.  Thank you for reading our blog this week.  Have a terrific weekend!

This has to make you smile, right?!?
This has to make you smile, right?!?

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