We are VERY excited for Halloween, as you might imagine from first graders! Thanks to some wonderful families in our classroom who donated pumpkins, we played, explored and investigated pumpkins this week. It has been both fun – and some hard work! We also concluded our formal Double-Decker Bus investigation and began studying non-fiction books during our Writing Workshop, with the plan to begin our own non-fiction writing next week. Read on to see what we have been doing this past week in first grade. Thanks for visiting our blog this week.
- Conversation Starters
- Math Investigation – Double-Decker Bus
- Pumpkin Investigations
- A Smile for You!
- It is Disability Awareness Week at Robinson and your class learned from two speakers in the library. Tell me what you learned about Down’s Syndrome and children who have visual impairments as a result of the people who came and talked with you.
- You visited your librarian, Mrs. Meihaus, for a read aloud this week. She read a favorite story to you called Boo. Tell me what happened in this book. Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not? Why did Mrs. Meihaus say that she likes books by the author of this book, Robert Munsch?
Math Investigation – Double-Decker Bus: This week, we concluded the formal study of our investigation about the Double-Decker Bus. Such great learning took place during this study and we will continue to come back to the lessons learned many times this year. Check out some pictures from this week’s work as we played a game with the math racks called Bus Stop. We also created our own story problems in which passengers got on or off of a bus, by using our math racks.
Pumpkin Investigation: As mentioned, we had pumpkins in our classroom this week. What fun it has been to explore and investigate them together! However, there were many steps in our investigation process, and believe it or not, we are still going!
We began our investigation by choosing a partner – and, of course, a pumpkin! 🙂 Partners played with their pumpkins and then our class discussed things we could do with our pumpkins, as a class. After brainstorming pumpkin ideas (check out the photo below), partners worked together to decide which choice they would like to make in order to further investigate their pumpkin. After planning the investigation, children had an opportunity to take action and carry out their plan. Whew – we were very busy during this time! Tomorrow and next week, we will reflect on our investigation and share our findings with the class. Check out some photos below of what it looked like during the process of our pumpkin investigation.
A Smile for You! Even though you just saw photos from our pumpkin investigation, I saved one of the best photos for last. Scroll down and you will see some of the biggest smiles from two, happy bakers! I hope it makes you smile like it did for me! Thanks for reading our blog this week. Have a wonderful weekend!