100 Days of First Grade!

UnknownHappy 100th Day of first grade!  It has been  a super week building up to our special day and it was a great day today.  Aside from 100th Day activities, we have also done some amazing work as we have explored sound and have been teaching one another during various times throughout our day.  We also had an author visit from Kate Klise this week, which was extremely fun!  Thank you for visiting our blog this week.  Enjoy reading and seeing what we have been doing in our room. 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Our Visiting Author
  • Exploring & Discovering Sound
  • Teaching One Another
  • 100th Day Celebration
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • fluffys-100th-day-of-schoolTell me about the book you heard today from Mrs. Meihaus about Fluffy and his 100th day of school.  What was the problem in this story and how did the characters solve the problem?
  • Your class saw “Puppy” this week during your Second Steps lesson about social skills and behavior.  You learned about using “attentascopes.”  Tell me what these are and how they can help you become a better learner by using our Listening Rules.
  • When visiting author, Kate Klise, came this week, what was your favorite part about her time with you?  What did you learn from her about being a first grade writer?

Our Visiting AuthorAfter much anticipation, Kate Klise visited Robinson on Tuesday and was an INCREDIBLE success!  Her energy and excitement toward children, reading and writing are testaments to her strength as an author.  During the visit, Ms. Klise talked with children about how to make a story for a book.  She told us that there are three key elements to a successful story: 1 character, 1 problem and 1 adventure.  Ms. Klise had several students come up to either create or share a story and it was so much fun!  Please continue reading stories written by Kate Klise because we love her!

Kate Klise spoke with kids about creating stories.
Kate Klise spoke with kids about creating stories.
Look how excited these kids are to see our visiting author!
Look how excited these kids are to see our visiting author!
Our visiting author, Kate Klise, talked with these kids about creating a story.
Our visiting author, Kate Klise, talked with these kids about creating a story.

Exploring & Discovering Sound:  This week, we began to dig further into our study of sound during both science and writing.  As first graders, we are working on how to write like a scientist, while experimenting and discovering sound.  It has been exciting having the opportunity to perform investigations such as: going on a sound hunt, making sounds with various objects, and using a hanger to listen for vibrations with sound.  Below, you will see the rubric descriptors having to do with the content for sound in first grade as well as science practices.  There are other grading criteria we assess during this unit such as writing skills and speaking and listening.  Please ask your first grader what he or she has learned about sound so far and what has been the most enjoyable activity up to this point.

This is our first grade content rubric for sound.
This is our first grade content rubric for sound.
This is our first grade rubric for science practices, which will be assessed during sound, as well as other upcoming units.
This is our first grade rubric for science practices, which will be assessed during sound, as well as other upcoming units.
These first grade scientists are recording sounds they heard during a "sound hunt."
These first grade scientists are recording sounds they heard during a “sound hunt.”
Cristiano explored sounds with a rubber band.
Cristiano explored sounds with a rubber band.
Curran explored sounds with objects inside of a cup.
Curran explored sounds with objects inside of a cup.
Wyatt and Alec explored sounds as scientists.
Wyatt and Alec explored sounds as scientists.
Gage and Isaiah were exploring sound by tapping a hanger with a pencil.
Gage and Isaiah were exploring sound by tapping a hanger with a pencil.
Sanjay and Bella explored sound by tapping a hanger with a pencil too.
Sanjar and Bella explored sound by tapping a hanger with a pencil too.

Teaching One Another:  One of my favorite things about teaching ANY GRADE level is witnessing kids teaching other kids.  Sometimes these teaching moments occur naturally while other times they are encouraged by a teacher.  Over the past couple of weeks there have been numerous times I have observed first graders teaching other first graders.  Many  people believe that true understanding is demonstrated when one can teach others in a way they understand.  If that is the case, we have a lot of understanding happening in our room! 🙂  Additionally, when we teach one another, it allows us to work on one of our listening and speaking skills, shown below.  Check out a few of our kids teaching kids in the following photos!

As first graders teach one another, it is a great opportunity to work on this rubric descriptor for listening and speaking.
As first graders teach one another, it is a great opportunity to work on this rubric descriptor for listening and speaking.
Paiton and Jamie work together to teach one another during our morning message.
Paiton and Jamie work together to teach one another during our morning message.
Ruby teaches us about her thinking as a mathematician.
Ruby teaches us about her thinking as a mathematician.
This reader teaches us how she makes predictions using nonfiction text features.
This reader teaches us how she makes predictions using nonfiction text features.
Wyatt and Gage teach one another their strategies for an addition problem.
Wyatt and Gage teach one another their strategies for an addition problem.

100th Day Celebration: You might wonder why we celebrate the 100th day of school in our classroom.  The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year. More importantly, it is a great way for elementary school teachers to celebrate the various mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. From the very first day of school, we began keeping track of the number of days we’ve been in school in anticipation of the 100th day.  It’s this anticipation that is actually the first math lesson, as the days were marked using straws, ten of which become a “ten bundle,” paving the way to counting by tens and ones.  In order to celebrate this concept, we did a few activities in order to understand how MUCH 100 really is and how fun it can be in first grade!  Check out a few of our photos below from our special day.

Our class made a sign with 100 cotton balls and then we counted them to make sure there were 100 altogether.
Our class made a sign with 100 cotton balls and then we counted them to make sure there were 100 altogether.
This was our SILLY morning message today.
This was our SILLY morning message today.
Cole worked on his Fruit Loop necklace with 100 pieces of cereal.
Cole worked on his Fruit Loop necklace with 100 pieces of cereal.
This is one of the "in-progress" crowns made to celebrate our special day.
This is one of the “in-progress” crowns made to celebrate our special day.
Mia worked to select her stickers for her 100th day crown.
Mia worked to select her stickers for her 100th day crown.
We made 100th day glasses too.
Emily, Olivia and Paiton made necklaces and we made 100th day glasses too.

A Smile for You! We had a special assembly today to honor and celebrate one of our AMAZING custodians at Robinson. Mr. Lacy is retiring at the end of this week and we will miss him so much.  One way Robinson celebrated Lacy was by having each classroom make a sign or card to put in a book for him to keep and remember.  Below is the page we made and it makes me smile to see how appreciated Mr. Lacy is – and always will be – at Robinson.  I hope you enjoy the sign too and it brings a smile to your face. Thank you again for visiting our blog this week  Have a wonderful weekend!

We made a sign for our INCREDIBLE custodian, Lacy, who is retiring this week.
We made a sign for our INCREDIBLE custodian, Lacy, who is retiring this week.

 

 

 

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