Happy ALMOST Valentine’s Day!

2-jumping-heartHappy ALMOST Valentine’s Day!  I hope you have had a great week and have enjoyed some of the snow we have gotten recently.  We have been busy learning about sound, nonfiction books, adding numbers to 100 AND . . . making Valentine’s boxes!  We have been doing a lot, huh?  Thank you for visiting our blog this week and for being patient after not having one last week.  I hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to lately in first grade!  Keep reading!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Exploring & Discovering Sound
  • Making Valentine’s Boxes
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • 18267069Tell me about the chapter book you finished this week by Kate Klise called The Greatest Star on Earth.  WHO was the greatest star –  according to the book?
  • Show me how to use a number bond with numbers when I am adding them.  For example, show me how to use number bonds when I add 34 + 27.  How can this help you as a mathematician?
  • Tell me about the four different parts of your Valentine’s Party.  What was your favorite part of the Valentine’s Party?  Why did you enjoy that part most?
  • You learned about three kinds of punctuation this week.  Tell me what you use a period, exclamation point, and a question mark for when you read and write?

Exploring & Discovering Sound:  We continued to explore sound through investigations and discussed the role vibrations play with sound.  Next, it was time to talk about making instruments of our own as a way to demonstrate what we have learned about sound.  We watched a few videos about making instruments, which allowed our first grade scientists an opportunity to brainstorm the instruments they wanted to make.  Each first grader made a planning sheet (you’ll see  a few photos of these below) and then created an instrument (you’ll see some of those below too!).  It was an awesome way to demonstrate our science knowledge, as you will see in the photos below.

Paiton is exploring sound by tapping her pencil on a "drum" made out of plastic wrap and a cup.
Paiton is exploring sound by tapping her pencil on a “drum” made out of plastic wrap and a cup.
Ruby and Riley discuss what they are learning about sound as they explore a "drum" made with aluminum foil.
Ruby and Riley discuss what they are learning about sound as they explore a “drum” made with aluminum foil.
This first grade scientist is working on plans to create an instrument.
This first grade scientist is working on plans to create an instrument.
This is another first grade scientist making plans to create an instrument.
This is another first grade scientist making plans to create an instrument.
Gray worked hard on creating her drums.
Gray worked hard on creating her drums.
Wyatt worked on his instrument.
Wyatt worked on his instrument.
Bella finished her guitar and as you can see, is quite proud of it!
Bella finished her guitar and as you can see, is quite proud of it!
Quinn finished her instrument with a happy smile!
Quinn finished her instrument with a happy smile!

Making Valentine’s Boxes:  One of the EXCITING parts of first grade is having kiddos make a Valentine’s box for our special day.  As you probably know, kids LOVE paint!  So . . . we honored that by painting our boxes! 🙂  After painting, the students had an opportunity to decorate their boxes and then exchange Valentine’s with one another.  Check out a few photos of our process below.

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After painting our Valentine's Boxes, we had to put them in the hallway to dry.
After painting our Valentine’s Boxes, we had to put them in the hallway to dry.
Whoa! Look at the stack of boxes!
Whoa! Look at the stack of boxes!
Look at all of our decorated Valentine's boxes! They look wonderful!
Look at all of our decorated Valentine’s boxes! They look wonderful!

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Valentine’s Party:  We had to have a party, right?!?  We had four super-fun activities: a relay race where kiddos unwrapped candy with gloves on their hands (hee, hee!), a heart leis craft, a Valentine’s robot craft, and a snack station.  Check out a few photos from our exciting afternoon and you’ll see how much fun we had together!

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A Smile for You! Recently, Ms. Howe – one of our Robinson counselors – taught us about the importance of mindfulness and taking time to slow-down and pause during our day.   So . . . we decided to do some practice during our day to increase our focus on learning.  After all, it’s HARD WORK to do so many things during a day!  Check out the photo below of one of our first graders fully engaged in our mindfulness activity.  I hope it makes you smile with how incredibly focused he is in the photo – it’s pretty cute.  Thank you for reading our blog this week.  Have a wonderful, LONG weekend with your first grader.

Riley shows what it looks like when we use our new "mindfulness" app.
Riley shows what it looks like when we use our new “mindfulness” app.
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