Happy 2016!

happy-new-year-animatedHello!  Welcome back to our blog in 2016!  I hope you had a great break with your first grader and had plenty of time to relax together.  Thanks for joining us again this semester and wanting to read what we have been up to lately in first grade.   Check out what we have been doing below.  Thanks for visiting. 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Winter Party
  • Making Snowmen
  • Book Work
  • Our Dreams
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 11.13.17 PMYour school is having an author named Kate Klise visit in a couple of weeks.  Your class just finished a chapter book written by her called The Show Must Go On.  Tell me about the story.  What was the problem in the story?  Where did some of the story take place?  What was your favorite part of the story?  Why?
  • IMG_2664Your class got a new number mat for your math time.  Tell me about the mat and what you can do with it.  Do you like it?  Why or why not?

Winter PartyAbout a month ago on our last day of school before break, we had a wonderful party in our classroom.  The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves with snacks, games and a craft.  We are so fortunate at Robinson to have such great parents who plan our holiday parties for our children.  Check out some of the photos below from our special day.

Look at this cute snowman from our party!
Look at this cute snowman from our party!
Our wonderful party included crafts!
Our wonderful party included crafts!
Our party had an awesome game too!
Our party had an awesome game too!
We also played BINGO at our Winter Party,
We also played BINGO at our Winter Party,

Making Snowmen:  On our first day back from break last week, we decided we needed a little snowman fun since we hadn’t had A BIT of snow!  So . . . we read The Snowy Day (a favorite book) and made some cute snowmen together.  Look at a few of our photos below to see the cute buddies we made.

Look at the snowman coming along!
Look at the snowman coming along!
We have a head for our snowman!
We have a head for our snowman!

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Book Work: We are embarking on a non-fiction unit next week and in order to prepare for it, we had some great conversation about what makes a book true or not true.  Next, we decided to sort ALL of the books in our classroom library into either fiction or non-fiction so we could begin focusing on reading MOSTLY non-fiction books during our study.  As you look at the photos below, you will see some hard working first graders making decisions about books and whether they are fiction or non-fiction.  Additionally, you will see the AMAZING silent reading time we have integrated into our day to strengthen us to become better readers.

Ethan and Quinn worked to sort fiction and non-fiction books.
Ethan and Quinn worked to sort fiction and non-fiction books.
Paiton and Isaiah worked to sort fiction and non-fiction books.
Paiton and Isaiah worked to sort fiction and non-fiction books.
Gage and Olivia sorted our books into fiction and non-fiction.
Gage and Olivia worked to sort fiction and non-fiction books.
THIS is what a room of readers look like . . . wow!
THIS is what a room of readers look like . . . wow!

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 11.12.42 PMOur Dreams: We read a great book last week called Go Ahead and Dream.  It was based on a true story about two boys who were friends and the dreams they had for when they grew-up.  In the story, we learned about the challenges that can occur as we try to reach goals and what the boys did to attain their dreams.  After reading the book, the class started discussing what they wanted to become when they grew up and the discussion launched into a project that lasted for the next few days.  Each first grader created a portrait of what he or she would look like as a grown-up in the job they would like to have someday.  Check out a few of our dreams in the photos below.  (When you come to conferences over the next couple of weeks, you will see your child’s finished product, which I promise you will LOVE! The portraits make me smile each time I look at them.)

Gus worked to draw a portrait of what he dreams to be when he grows up.
Gus worked to draw a portrait of what he dreams to be when he grows up.
Here is one of our finished portraits of what one of our first graders wants to be when he grows up - a teacher!
Here is one of our finished portraits of what one of our first graders wants to be when he grows up – a teacher!
Here is one of our ALMOST finished portraits of what one of our first graders wants to be when he grows up - a basketball player!
Here is one of our ALMOST finished portraits of what one of our first graders wants to be when he grows up – a basketball player!

imagesStudent-Led Conferences: For the past two years I have designed our January conferences to be student-led.  As you saw in the letter that went home last week, your first grader has been preparing for your conference this week and will continue to do so next week.  Your child will lead your conference by both telling and showing you the things he or she would like to celebrate and work on to become a stronger learner.  I believe in the strength of this type of conference in order to connect the most integral influences in your child’s life so we can guide your first grade learner to succeed.  Thank you in advance for your support with these conferences.

A Smile for You! During our Winter Party on our last day before break, we had a traveling group of musical teachers play for us.  (This is just another reason Robinson is so great!) They were so incredible that many of the first graders in our room stopped what they were doing at the party to come and watch the musicians!  I love how music can bring people together.  I hope the photo makes you smile like it does for me.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Have a relaxing weekend.

During our Winter Party, we had some incredible Robinson teachers traveling around the building playing songs for us. What fun!
During our Winter Party, we had some incredible Robinson teachers traveling around the building playing songs for us. What fun!

 

 

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