Happy December!

PENGUINS-NBIt really is December already, huh?  Wow.  Two more weeks of school and then it is Winter Break.  Yeesh.  The time continues to go so quickly – just like the penguins sliding down the hill in the photo. 🙂  I sure hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your first grader and are ready to see some of the great things we have been doing lately.  Thank you for visiting our blog this week.  Enjoy!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Thanksgiving Activities
  • Fractions
  • Parts of a Story
  • Planting a Pumpkin Seed
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • This week, your class read a book called Caps for Sale.  You have worked on retelling a story by telling about the characters, setting, problem and solution.  Tell me about these four parts of the story.
  • Your class talked about being respectful toward one another with the words you use and when you touch other children.  What are things you make sure to do in order to show respect with your words and body?

Thanksgiving Activities: Before Thanksgiving, we did oodles of FUN activities.  We met with our Learning Buddies and made pilgrim hats, created turkeys, illustrated a feast book and even designed a turkey snack.  Check out the photos below to look at the fun we had together during the week of Thanksgiving.

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Fractions: As I mentioned in a past post, we have explored and learned about fractions in class recently.  This week, we used eBackpack (our new electronic portal for students to show work and submit work to their teacher electronically) to show what we know about fractions.  We also played an “old-fashioned” fraction matching game.  (As a side note, I LOVE combining both new technology with traditional activities to do our best learning.  There is ALWAYS a place for both in our classroom.)  Check out a few of our mathematicians in the photos below as they combined both new and old learning activities.

We even played fraction matching game! Yay for fractions!
We even played fraction matching game! Yay for fractions!

Parts of a Story: While we always discuss various components of comprehension before, during, and after read alouds, we specifically focused on naming parts of a story this past week.  These story elements include: characters, setting, problem and solution.  As mentioned above, we read Caps for Sale and identified the story elements.  We will continue to dig deeper into this skill over the next couple of weeks.  Until then, check out the rubric descriptor below (literature) and some of the work students did after our read aloud.

We focused on the literature descriptor this week during our Reading Workshop.
We focused on the literature descriptor this week during our Reading Workshop.

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Planting a Pumpkin Seed: After our AMAZING pumpkin work at the end of October, our curious first graders decided to plant some pumpkin seeds and see if we could grow a pumpkin of our own.  One out of our four seeds sprouted and today we were ready to give our baby plant some extra love.  We invited a second grade teacher – who is a plant expert – into our room to help us replant our seed and get it set-up to (hopefully) grow over the coming months.  Look at some of the steps we took with our plant today and how great it looks right now.

Mrs. Appelbaum, a second grade teacher, came to help us replant our pumpkin seed.
Mrs. Appelbaum, a second grade teacher, came to help us replant our pumpkin seed.
Look at all of the roots on our pumpkin seed so far!
Look at all of the roots on our pumpkin seed so far!
Trip and Isaiah are checking our the seed's new home.
Trip and Isaiah are checking out the seed’s new home.
Here it is . . . moved into a new home to (hopefully!) grow and flourish!
Here it is . . . moved into a new home to (hopefully!) grow and flourish!

A Smile for You!  Many families attended ABC123 Night this evening at Robinson.  It was such a fun evening and it looked like many families enjoyed their time together.  It seems that many families enjoyed seeing Pioneer Pete too!  Since many  Robinson Roadrunners enjoyed Pete so much, I decided to add a photo of him this week in order to make you smile.  He sure is goofy, huh?  Thanks for visiting our post this week.  Have a great weekend.

Which staff member at Robinson would be crazy enough to dress up like Kirkwood's mascot, Pioneer Pete?!?
Which staff member at Robinson would be D-A-R-I-N-G enough to dress up like Kirkwood’s mascot, Pioneer Pete?!?

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