Halloween – and MORE!

kalender-0144We have had a wonderful past week and it clearly occurred because of the AMAZING kiddos in our first grade.  We had so much fun with our pumpkin and Halloween activities last week!  We had an great Halloween Party too!  We also had a chance to meet our fourth grade Learning Buddies for the first time!  This week, we have done A LOT of great work as writers.  We continued to listen to books and notice things that good writers do.  We also began writing our own pieces.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.    

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing Topics
  • Learning Buddies
  • Halloween!
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • UnknownYou visited the library again today for some read aloud with Mrs. Meihaus.  She read two books by her favorite author, Cynthia Rylant.  What does Mrs. Meihaus love about this author?  One of the books she read was called In November.  What did you learn about November from this book?
  • You thought about some things you’d like to learn and know about space.  What was the question you came up with and want to learn more about?  How do you want to learn about your wondering?

Writing Topics:  This week, we continued our writing immersion by reading together and talking about what we noticed in books, why the author made the choices he or she made in the book, and what the text features are called.  As we had our writing discussions, we charted our findings.  (You can see these below.)  Next, we recorded topics we knew enough about to write our own pieces.  Finally, we began writing our own books about something we could teach others about, while considering our audience.  Check out the photos below to see some of the steps in our writing process – up to this point.

Each time we read a book, we talked about the things we noticed that the authors did. These "noticings" will transfer into our own writing!
Each time we read a book, we talked about the things we noticed that the authors did. These “noticings” will transfer into our own writing!
As a class, we came up with topics that we could write a book about together. The topics had to be something we ALL knew about in order to write a book.
As a class, we came up with topics that we could write a book about together. The topics had to be something we ALL knew about in order to write a book.
We also talked about the audience for our writing and brainstormed some potential audiences for our topics.
We also talked about the audience for our writing and brainstormed some potential audiences for our topics.
We looked at writing from other first graders to learn how to be better writers.
We looked at writing from other first graders to learn how to become better writers.
Check out one of our topic lists of things one writer created.
Check out one of our topic lists of things one writer created.
This is another topic list from a first grade writer.
This is another topic list from a first grade writer.
This author began writing and started with a table of contents because he knew that we discussed this feature in our chart.
This author began writing and started with a table of contents because he remembered that we discussed this feature in our chart.
This author began with so many great items that we discussed on our chart.
This author began with many great items that we discussed on our chart.

Learning Buddies: As mentioned above, we met with our fourth grade Learning Buddies last Friday for the FIRST time this school year.  It was exciting to meet them and begin learning together.  We had a fun time during our first meeting by doing a little dancing, reading a Halloween book and completing an activity together.  We are going to begin meeting more regularly in order to become better readers and writers by working with our buddies on these skills.

Halloween: Last week’s Halloween celebration was wonderful!  We had EXCITED first graders, great costumes, a parade, and a SUPER classroom party!  Check out a few photos below to see the fun we had last week to celebrate Halloween.

A Smile for You! In the morning, we have activities that appeal to our different senses, in order to get us ready to learn for the day.  One of our activities is working on puzzles.  So . . . this week, we had happy “puzzle-workers” who wanted their photo taken after completion. 🙂  Check out the smiles below, which should DEFINITELY make you smile too!  Thanks again for visiting our blog this week.  Have a lovely, November weekend!

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