One Day Left! :(

706176-tn_Baby019We have arrived at the tail-end of our first semester of first grade.  Hard to believe, for sure. It seems like yesterday that we just began the school year!  

This week, we did several end-of-quarter assessments, while also doing much work related to a real-life dilemma we had as a class.   (You can read more about that below.)  Read on to see a few snapshots of what we have been doing lately.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Earning Money for Books
  • Subtracting
  • Compassion
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • UnknownYour teacher read another Show Me Book to your class this week.  The book was called A Splash of Red and was a true story about an artist named Horace Pippen.  Tell me what you learned about this artist.  What was his problem and how did he solve the problem?  What do you think the author wanted you to learn from this story?
  • You visited Winter Wonderland in P.E. this week.  What were three of the activities you did?  Which was your favorite and why?  If you were to invent a Winter Wonderland activity, what would you create?

Earning Money for BooksAbout a month ago, we were looking through some books and had a problem occur.  Two of the books were torn and damaged to the point they needed to be replaced.  As a class, we decided that we needed to earn the money so we could pay for the books, since we were the ones who caused the damage in the first place.  After much conversation and hard work creating items to sell in order to earn money, we had a successful classroom sale this week.  I am happy to report that we earned enough money to replace the books and learned A LOT throughout the process.  Please look at the photos below to see a few of the steps we took to remedy the situation.

This was the problem we had as a class.
This was the problem we had as a class.
This shows a lot of the work we did around our book dilemma.
This shows a lot of the work we did around our book dilemma.
Mathematicians solved their solution with the class about how much each student needed to earn for our classroom sale.
Mathematicians solved their solution with the class about how much each student needed to earn for our classroom sale.
These first graders made snowflakes for our classroom sale.
These first graders made snowflakes for our classroom sale.
This group worked to decide how much money their group needed to earn during our classroom sale.
This group worked to decide how much money their group needed to earn during our classroom sale.

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Subtracting: In addition to the work we did around our damaged book dilemma, we began doing some subtraction work this week.  We talked about ways to SHOW our thinking as mathematicians and charted them below.  I have also attached the second quarter rubric for subtraction, so you know what we have been working toward this quarter.  We will return to both addition and subtraction work this year in order to secure these foundational math skills.

This is the rubric we use for subtraction.
This is the rubric we use for subtraction.
Here are some of the subtraction strategies we use as first graders.
Here are some of the subtraction strategies we use as first graders.

Compassion: We had an important conversation today about compassion with our Educational Support Counselor, Ms. Howe.  After first graders work in close proximity with one another for months, it is inevitable that we will begin to become impatient and sometimes short with one another.  Therefore, today was an opportunity to discuss ways to love one another and show how we can are for others.  Ms. Howe helped to facilitate this conversation by reading a book to the students.  Afterward, she had each student write about an imaginary item they would like to give to a friend and why (the compassion part) they wanted to do so.  Look at some of the sweet and kind work below.

We talked about compassion today. First, we talked about what we noticed about the word. Look at all of the fun things we noticed about the letters!
We talked about compassion today. First, we talked about what we noticed about the word. Look at all of the fun things we noticed about the letters!
Ms. Howe, our Educational Support Counselor, came and read us a story and discussed compassion with us.
Ms. Howe, our Educational Support Counselor, came and read us a story and discussed compassion with us.

A Smile for You! Sometimes we take short walks during the morning in order to get some fresh air and move our working bodies.  One morning this week, we took a walk out front.  We enjoy walking on the red curb, as you will see in the photo below.  (Personally, I have dual intentions for why we walk on the curb. 🙂  One, it is safer than the driveway.  And two, it helps us work on balance, which strengthens gross motor skills.)  Check out the photo below of our happy first graders during one of our morning walks.  As I always say, thank you for visiting our blog this week – and ALL semester.  I wish you and your family a wonderful break and look forward to a second semester together.

Here are some happy first graders taking a morning walk in front of our school.
Here are some happy first graders taking a morning walk in front of our school.

 

 

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