Hello! We have had a bit of a disjointed week since we were off of school on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and had an unexpected snow day on Wednesday. We are trying to resume a normal routine, but it’s a little tricky – as you might imagine. Nonetheless, we are still doing some great things in first grade. Thanks for visiting our blog this week. I hope you enjoy learning what we have been doing recently.
- Conversation Starters
- Visiting Aberdeen Heights
- Preparing for Student-Led Conferences
- Read with your Roadrunner
- A Smile for You!
- Your class began the second book in the Three-Ring Rascal book series from Kate Klise who is visiting Robinson NEXT WEEK! Tell me what has happened in the book so far and why there is a trophy on the cover. What do you think is going to happen in the story?
- During Reading Workshop, you learned about nonfiction text features. Tell me why the contents, heading and key words are important parts in a nonfiction book and how they help a reader learn about a topic.
- You talked about four Listening Rules this week and were reminded of the rules from a special visitor named Snail. Tell me about the Listening Rules and why it is important to follow them during learning times. (Families – The Listening Rules are: watching eyes, listening ears, quiet mouth, and still body.)
Visiting Aberdeen Heights: At the end of December, right before Winter Break, we worked with our Learning Buddies (fourth graders) to make birthday cards for some residents at Aberdeen Heights. After creating the cards, we decided that instead of having an adult drop off the cards one day, we would rather visit Aberdeen Heights ourselves. We walked over to Aberdeen one Friday morning, visited the residents, delivered birthday cards and did a bit of singing. Of course we sang, “Happy Birthday” to the residents, but we were also invited to sing a few more songs too! It was a fun morning for sure! You can see a few photos from our adventure below.
Preparing for Student-Led Conferences: As you know from last week’s blog post, we have been preparing for conferences with first grade families. It is HARD WORK to prepare for conferences and many children have been a little nervous. We rehearsed what a conference would sound like with me acting as a first grader while some first graders acted like me and my parents. 🙂 I also gave each child the opportunity to practice his or her conference with me beforehand to ensure everything was ready to go. It has been a great experience so far and I am sure it will continue to be a great learning opportunity for everyone. Thank you for your support with this type of conference as I know it might be different from what you are accustomed to in previous years. Check out what one of the conference note sheets looks like below (before it is filled out), as well as what some of the hard-working first graders looked like while they were preparing for their conference.
Read with your Roadrunner: As you know, we have occasional Friday mornings in which we invite the Robinson community into our school. Last Friday was one of those special mornings! It is incredible how many people (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) make their way to visit with their “Roadrunner” to spend time reading. What a wonderful sight it is to see. It’s beautiful to witness members from our learning community come to visit and spend time with us. Look below to check out a few pictures of our RWYR morning last week.
A Smile for You! Right before Winter Break, we were fortunate to have Fredbird visit our school. I thought it would make us smile this week to see his happy face and one thing he did to make us laugh! Enjoy the photos below. Thanks for reading our blog this week. Have a great weekend!