Investigating to Learn

frogexercise1Hi there!  Thanks for visiting our classroom blog this week.  We have done some great investigating lately, which has led to a lot of wonderful learning and discoveries.  Science exploration has been a large focus of our time as we have discovered sound and light.  We have continued using various addition strategies to solve problems up to (and sometimes, beyond) 100.  As a side note, the children are making incredible progress with adding numbers and showing their thinking.  Holy smokes!  We have also been working on writing a fact book about a friend in our class, which will get presented next week.  Read on to learn more about what we have been doing in first grade.  

  • Conversation Starters
  • Sharing Instruments
  • Investigating Light
  • Author’s Purpose
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the book, Mrs. Meihaus, read to you during your library time.  (The book was called One and taught an important message for all of us to remember.)
  • Why is there a frog on your classroom blog this week?  Is your class doing something with frogs? (Hint: Ask your first grader about our classroom door!)
  • Who are you writing a fact book about in your class?  What are some questions you asked the person and what did you learn about him or her?

Sharing Instruments:  We shared our musical instruments at the beginning of this week.  It was SO much fun!  As you saw last week, our first grade scientists worked diligently to create and construct an instrument in order to demonstrate what they had learned about sound.  The instruments were amazing and really showed what the kiddos know about sound and the vibrations.  Check out some of the photos below of the children sharing with one another.

Cole shared his drums with his peers.
Cole shared his drums with his friends.
These first grade scientists shared their instruments with one another.
These first grade scientists shared their instruments with one another.
Gus shared his instrument with his friends.
Gus shared his instrument with his friends.
First grade scientists shared their instruments with one another.
First grade scientists shared their instruments with one another.
Bella shared her instrument with others.
Bella shared her instrument with others.

Investigating Light:  After learning about sound, we began to explore light with a couple of investigations using flashlights in order to explore shadows.  As a class, we have found that in order to make a shadow, you must have three things: a light source, an object and a surface.  We also found out that shadows get bigger when the object moves closer to the light source.  Cool, huh?  You will see the rubric descriptor below for our learning goals during our study of light.  You will also see a couple of photos from our flashlight investigations from this week.

This is the rubric descriptor for our study of light.
This is the rubric descriptor for our study of light.
Olivia explored light and shadows with a flashlight.
Olivia explored light and shadows with a flashlight.
Jamie explored light with a flashlight.
Jamie explored light with a flashlight.
Quinn and her partner did some investigating about light with a flashlight.
Quinn and her partner did some investigating about light with a flashlight.
We went outside to explore shadows too!
We went outside to explore shadows too!
These scientists even tried using a flashlight outside to make shadows!
These scientists even tried using a flashlight outside to make shadows!

Author’s Purpose:  We began to dive into conversations about author’s purpose this week, which has been really interesting.  Of course we regularly talk about the purpose author’s write stories when we read together, but now we have identified three main reasons authors write stories: to persuade, to inform, and to entertain.  Please encourage your first grader to talk about author’s purpose as you continue to read together.   Below, you will see some work the children did in eBackpack this week, as they explored author’s purpose.

This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author's purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author’s purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author's purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author’s purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author's purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author’s purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author's purpose for writing the books.
This first grader took a picture of two books and wrote about the author’s purpose for writing the books.

A Smile for You! During one of our science investigations this week, we made shapes with paper to help us explore shadows.  In the photo below, you will see some HAPPY first graders displaying their “puppets.”  I hope the photo makes you smile like it does for me. 🙂 Thank you again for visiting our blog this week.  Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

Happy first grade scientists sharing their "puppets" for exploring light and shadows.
Happy first grade scientists sharing their “puppets” for exploring light and shadows.

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