Almost Second Semester?!?

snowman-2Hello!  Thank you for visiting our blog!  We had a lot of fun with our learning this week, as you will read below.  We continued to learn how to show our learning on our iPads, primarily through the apps: eBackpack and Educreations. (Click on the names of the apps and you can learn more about each one.)  Don’t worry though, we don’t spend all of our time on our iPads.  You will see below that we celebrated our AMAZING writing this week too!  We also began working on a classroom project in which we are raising money to pay for some books.  Without further ado – enjoy this week’s post! 🙂

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing Celebration!
  • Addition in Math
  • Curious George
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • 897296During your visit to the Library this week, Mrs. Meihaus read a story book called Too Many Tamales.  Tell me what this book was about.  What was the problem and solution in this story?  Where did the story take place?
  • Your class read three Curious George books recently.  Which book has been your favorite and why?
  • Tell me about the work you are doing in your classroom to earn money for damaged books?  How much money does each person need to earn?  How do you know?
  • Your class has been working on using the appropriate voice level in the hallways.  Tell me what it should sound like in the hallway at Robinson.

Writing Celebration: This week we finished our non-fiction writing pieces and had an opportunity to share our writing with our amazing fourth grade learning buddies.  Each first grader not only created a book about something he or she knew about, but they also made a table of contents, about the author page and a cover.  Our first grader writers did an incredible job and the fourth graders who had the privilege of visiting during our celebration were quite impressed with our writers.  Check out a few photos below to see what our celebration looked like this week.

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Addition in Math: This week, we focused our math time on addition strategies and ways to show mathematical thinking in our work.  We began by talking about and practicing three strategies (you will see these on our chart below) and then moved into a real life problem that we needed to solve with a partner.  One area of focus for ALL of the mathematicians in our class is clearly showing mathematical thinking.  Teachers have learned that when mathematicians can SHOW and EXPLAIN their math thinking, it deepens their understanding of the math work.  Plus, it allows us another way to directly learn from one another.  “Communicates Mathematical Thinking” is something we assess on each quarter in first grade too!  Check out the addition work we were doing this week in the photos below.

These are some of the strategies our mathematicians are using to solve addition problems.
These are some of the strategies our mathematicians are using to solve addition problems.
One mathematician showed her thinking on her iPad like this.
One mathematician showed her thinking on her iPad like this.
Trip worked on his iPad to show his math thinking.
Trip worked on his iPad to show his math thinking.
Here are two mathematicians working on addition problems.
Here are two mathematicians working on addition problems.

Curious George: This week, we dove into reading some more Curious George stories and it was really fun!  One of the areas we focus on as readers is being able to notice the adventures and experiences of similar characters in different stories.  Therefore, as we have read various Curious George books, we have been able to make comparisons between the stories.  We primary showed our work by using Venn Diagrams on eBackpack.  Therefore, in the photos below, you will see kiddos working on their iPads to communicate their thoughts about the books.  You will also see a few examples of completed student work.  Enjoy!

These friends are completing work to show what was the SAME and what was DIFFERENT among two of the Curious George stories we read together.
These friends are completing work to show what was the SAME and what was DIFFERENT among two of the Curious George stories we read together.
This is a student's work from her iPad. She was comparing and contrasting two stories.
This is a student’s work from her iPad. She was comparing and contrasting two stories.
This is a student's work from his iPad. He was comparing and contrasting two stories.
This is a student’s work from his iPad. He was comparing and contrasting two stories.

A Smile for You! Since shortly before Thanksgiving Break, students started asking if they could read a book to our whole class.  I LOVE it when kiddos take initiative to read to our class and it has really started to take off this week, which is incredibly fun for everyone involved.  So, check out the photos below to see two of our readers from this week and it will surely make you smile.  As you will see, they are sitting on the reading chair in the storytelling area of the library.   Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Have a great weekend!

 

 

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