Happy ALMOST Halloween!

horr454We 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!

Conversation Starters:

  • 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.51ZNBVGBABL
  • 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.

These mathematicians were working on their math rack as they played a game called Bus Stop.
These mathematicians were working on their math rack as they played a game called Bus Stop.
Two mathematicians wrote their own bus problems this week, modeling the action on their math rack. Good stuff!
Two mathematicians wrote their own bus problems this week, modeling the action on their math rack. Good stuff!

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.

Partners played with their pumpkins together. Ruby and Alec played with their pumpkin by rolling it back and forth!
Partners played with their pumpkins together. Ruby and Alec played with their pumpkin by rolling it back and forth!
This is the list of pumpkin activities we came up with after playing with our pumpkins.
This is the list of pumpkin activities we came up with after playing with our pumpkins.
This is part of the investigation sheet we completed, based on our classroom discussion about our pumpkins.
This is part of the investigation sheet partners completed, based on our classroom discussion about our pumpkins.
Bella and her partner worked hard to complete their investigation sheet. Children chose carving, baking a pie or painting.
Bella and Emily worked on completing their investigation sheet. Children chose carving, baking a pie or painting.
These partners cleaned out their pumpkins before carving.
These partners cleaned out their pumpkins before carving.
Riley and Jamie cleaned out their pumpkin before carving it.
Riley and Jamie cleaned out their pumpkin before carving it.
Mia and Isaiah smelled the pumpkin before assembling their pie.
Mia and Isaiah smelled the pumpkin before assembling their pie.
Bella and Emily were looking at their pumpkin before making their pie.
Emily looked at their pumpkin while Bella worked on preparing crust for their pie.
Ruby and Alec poured their pumpkin into their pie dish.
Ruby and Alec poured their pumpkin into their pie dish.
One of our pies cooked in the oven!
Here is one of our pies cooking in the oven!
Check our our finished pies and some of our carved pumpkins. (There is still a carved pumpkin and three painted pumpkins that didn't make it into our blog this week. Their photos were not taken yet.)
Check our our finished pies and some of our carved pumpkins. (There is still a carved pumpkin and three painted pumpkins that didn’t make it onto our blog this week because photos were not taken yet.)

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!

Look at these happy bakers! If you ask me, you can't resist smiling when you see these happy boys!
Look at these happy bakers!  If you ask me, you can’t resist smiling when you see these happy boys!
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