27 Days of First Grade!

animated-American-flagIt has been another exciting week in first grade!. And, as you can see from the title of this post, we have been together for 27 days!  (We count the days of school each day during our Morning Meeting.)  Each first grader has grown so much as a part of our work community and I am excited to see how they continue to grow as the year progresses.  

We began reading rotations this week, which allows each first grader to meet with an adult everyday to work on skills to become a better reader.  We also “officially” began our homework routine.  Additionally, we talked about the American Flag (which is why you see a waving flag in this post!) and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Read on to learn more and see some photos from our week.  Thanks for visiting our blog!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math: Taking Inventory 
  • The Pledge of Allegiance
  • Writing Together
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You have continued to read another Extraordinary Warren book during your chapter book time.  What has happened in the book so far?  Has Extraordinary Warren had any interesting dreams?
  • You started talking about the American Flag this week.  What do you know about the flag?  What are your CURIOUS to learn more about the flag?
  • You began reading in groups this week.  What is the animal name of your group?  Which teacher do you read with and what book have you been reading?  Was your book easy, just right or too hard?

Math: Taking Inventory:  This week, we read a story about a fictional family called the Masloppys.  What a silly name, huh?  In the story, we learned that one of the sons, Nicholas, realized that the family needed to take inventory in their house by counting how much they had of different things.  (Their house had been a MESS!)  For example, he counted the markers and found they had 37.  We decided that WE could count items in our classroom to take inventory, just like Nicholas Masloppy did!  We started counting objects and are now in the process of figuring out the MOST EFFICIENT way to count objects and make sure we have the correct total.  As we continue to take inventory during our math time, we are working on organizing in groups and skip-counting.  We are also working on clearly communicating our math thinking, which is such an important skill for every mathematician!  Check out some of the photos below from when we took inventory this week.

These girls were taking inventory of our magnetic letters.
These girls were taking inventory of our magnetic letters.
Uh-oh! This group has A LOT of pattern blocks to count!
Uh-oh! This group has A LOT of pattern blocks to count!
Wyatt and Gage decides to count our blocks in groups of ten!
Wyatt and Gage decides to count our blocks in groups of ten!
Quinn and Paiton were working hard taking inventory.
Quinn and Paiton were working hard taking inventory.
Mia and Curran decided to group their markers into fives to make it easier to count. Good thinking!
Mia and Curran decided to group their markers into fives to make it easier to count. Good thinking!

The Pledge of Allegiance: One of the privileges of teaching first grade is having the opportunity to guide kids to learn and discover things about our country.  We are in the midst of learning about the American Flag.  Earlier this week, we read and discussed the Pledge of Allegiance.  After some meaty conversation, we talked about what the words make us think of as Americans.  Check out some of the illustrations and writing below.  You will see a common theme! 🙂
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Writing Together: We have been doing  a lot of writing in first grade!  We start off slowly at the beginning of first grade so we can begin to become stronger writers as the year progresses.  This week as we wrote about things we like to do with friends, we talked about using spaces, capital letters and punctuation in writing.  Look below to see some of the things that our first grader writers like doing with their friends.

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A Smile for You! This week, we started using our dress-up items during our Choice Time.  The children had so much fun!  As you look at the photo below, I am CERTAIN it will make you smile to see two, happy first graders enjoying their time together.  Thank you for reading our post this week.  Have a relaxing weekend.

Ruby and Trip enjoyed playing dress-up during our Choice Time.
Ruby and Trip enjoyed playing dress-up during our Choice Time.

 

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