It’s ALMOST Fall!

graphics-autumn-436677As we get close to the first day of Fall (next week!), we continue to do a lot in our newly formed first grade learning community.  Remember it’s still early in the school year and we work hard to continue developing our community.  This foundation is very important for a successful learning year together.  This week, we played math games, wrote about things we can do, created rules for our classroom, imagined during our choice time, and finished our chapter book.  Read below for some more information about our exciting week together.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week! 

  • Conversation Starters
  • iPads!
  • Teaching One Another
  • The Things We Do (Rules)
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You finished your first Magic Tree House chapter book this week.  Tell me how the story ended.  Did Jack and Annie get back to their house?  Were any of the dinosaurs scary for Jack and Annie?
  • Which is your favorite app – so far – on your iPad?  Why is this one your favorite?
  • You played a game in math this week called Ghost Doubles.  What is a double of a number?  What are ways that someone might need to use doubles in real life?

iPads:  This week, we had a VERY exciting day when we got our very own iPads!  Each first grader in our room has an iPad assigned to him or her and we have already started to do some very fun things!  We have discovered ways to read and do math on iPads, and will continue to do more in the future.  Check out some of our happy first graders having fun on their NEW iPads!

Look at how happy these kiddos are to have their very own iPad!
Look at how happy these kiddos are to have their very own iPad!
Curran is working on his iPad.
Curran is working on his iPad.
Riley was exploring a math app with geoboards. Cool!
Riley was exploring a math app with geoboards. Cool!
Sanjar was exploring his iPad!
Sanjar was exploring all of the apps on his iPad.
Craven worked on his new iPad too!
Craven worked on his new iPad with Dreambox, a math app.
Gus was reading a book about HUGE worms!
Gus was reading a book about HUGE worms.  Gross!
Ethan read a book about Halloween!
Ethan read a book about Halloween.

Teaching One Another: One of the BEST things I see in the classroom is when kids teach one another.  This might sound simple, but it is quite a skill to learn.  We are still learning ways to teach one another well – and will be most of the year – but as you look at the photos below, you will see a couple of our recent teaching moments in class.  It is so powerful to have peers teaching peers – it is SUCH a great way to learn!

Look at how these kiddos are teaching one another during our math time.
Look at how these kiddos are teaching one another during our math time.
During our Morning Meeting, Wyatt had some important questions about our calendar. He asked our Helper for that day, Isaiah. Here is a photo of them discussing the question. Good stuff!
During our Morning Meeting, Wyatt had some important questions about our calendar. He asked our Helper for that day, Isaiah. Here is a photo of them discussing the question. Good stuff!
These partners are working together to discuss a book during "Turn and Talk" time.
These partners are working together to discuss a book during “Turn and Talk” time.

The Things We Do (Rules): Recently, we worked on coming up with the things we find to be the most important in our classroom, as far as respect and behavior are concerned.  As you will see below, there are A LOT of things that our first graders believe to be important in a caring and respectful classroom.  After brainstorming a list together and discussing the parts of the list, each kiddo worked with a partner to decide which was the most important and why.  We talked about these things and then decided it was time to create signs for our classroom.  Check out the photos of our rules and how we decided to uphold our rules in our classroom.

We came up with a HUGE list of things we want to do in our classroom. One of our steps in deciding on our FINAL rules was discussing what was most important to uphold as a first grader.
We came up with a HUGE list of things we want to do in our classroom. One of our steps in deciding on our FINAL rules was discussing what was most important to uphold as a first grader.  The items with the purple dot were identified as most important to the kiddos in our room.
Here are our official rules. Each kiddo signed his or her name on the rules in order to show a promise to follow each one.
Here are our official rules. We all signed our names on the rules in order to show our promise to follow each one.

A Smile for You! Last week, we started using sidewalk chalk during our morning recess.  Like last week, this photo is from some “Sidewalk Chalkers.”  Check it out.  I hope it makes you smile.  Thank you for reading our blog this week.  Have an amazing weekend!

Look at how cute it is for two kiddos to enjoy sidewalk chalk together!
Look at how cute it is for two kiddos to enjoy sidewalk chalk together!

 

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