Hoppy ALMOST Leap Day!

frogpondSo . . . did you find out why there was a frog next to the introduction on our post last week?  Maybe the title of this post will give you an idea!  Otherwise, check out the smile for the week at the bottom of this post.  In first grade this week, we worked on discovering and learning more about light, finishing and presenting our friend books, and beginning our unit on persuasive writing.  It’s been a fun few days (only THREE days, thanks to our snow day!) as you will see in the photos below. 🙂

  • Conversation Starters
  • Friend Books
  • Shadows
  • Persuasive Writing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • UnknownTell me about the HILARIOUS book, Mrs. Meihaus, read to you during your library time.  (Hint: It was called The Book with No Pictures and we could not stop laughing while Mrs. Meihaus read to us!)
  • Tell me about the THIRD chapter book your class is reading by Kate Klise.  It’s called Pop Goes the Circus.  Why is the book called this and who has been taken away by a balloon? (Eek!)
  • When you add numbers such as 34 + 57, what strategy do you like to use to show your thinking?  Do you like to use quick tens, number bonds, keeping one number whole or another strategy?

Friend Books:  We finished and shared our friend books at the beginning of this week.  The children worked hard to write facts about a person in our classroom and then presented the book to the recipient.  It was so much fun to share our books and for each kiddo to read book written about him or her!  Check out our photos below.

Olivia shows the book she wrote about her friend, Jamie.
Olivia shows the book she wrote about her friend, Jamie.
Quinn is sharing the friend book she wrote.
Quinn is sharing the friend book she wrote.
Cole and Alec shared the friend books they wrote too!
Cole and Alec shared the friend books they wrote too!
Jamie presented her book to her friend, Gus.
Jamie presented her book to her friend, Gus.
Cristiano read the book that was written about him from a friend. (Sorry about the weird sun spots coming in from the window! Cristiano doesn't really have spots like that!)
Cristiano read the book that was written about him from a friend. (Sorry about the weird sun spots coming in from the window! Cristiano doesn’t really have spots like that!)

Shadows:  After exploring light, we wanted to demonstrate what we have learned by creating a shadow puppet show.  In order to prepare, we had to first learn how to make shadow puppets, then we had to practice making shadow puppets.  It was so silly!  Finally, we had to make a PLAN for our puppet show so we could perform for the class.  Our performances have not taken place yet, but will take place in the coming days.  I am so excited to see the kids demonstrate what they have learned about light and sound (there will be some music accompaniment during the show) as they perform for us.

We watched a video to help us learn how to make shadow puppets so we could use the knowledge we have gained about light to have some fun!
We watched a video to help us learn how to make shadow puppets so we could use the knowledge we have gained about light to have some fun!

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This is an example of a planning sheet for a shadow puppet show. Look at all of the details they have thought through in order to perform their show. Awesome thinking scientists!
This is an example of an IN-PROGRESS planning sheet for a shadow puppet show. Look at all of the details they have thought through so far in order to perform their show. Awesome thinking, scientists!

Persuasive Writing: After finishing our writing cycle, we started a persuasive writing unit.  First, the kids did an on-demand writing piece – this is a pre-assessment where kids write to show what they currently know about persuasive writing so I know where to head with our unit.  Next, the children brought in collections to use so they could begin writing persuasively to convince us which one object in their collection is best.  We will continue our persuasive writing next week.  It’s such engaging work and as you might imagine, the kids really enjoy writing about their own STUFF!  Check out a few photos below of our writers during our on-demand writing, as well as some of our awesome collections!

These are the directions for our on-demand writing prompt for our persuasive writing unit.
These are the directions for our on-demand writing prompt for our persuasive writing unit.

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A Smile for You! Robinson staff started a door decorating contest in order to add a little bit of EXTRA fun and spice to our school days.  Our classroom did a lot of brainstorming in order to decide what would be the best idea for our door and I must say, it turned out wonderfully!  Each day when I walk into our room, the door makes me smile.  I hope when you see the photo below, it will make you smile too! 🙂  Thank you for visiting our blog this week.  Have a super weekend!

This is how we decorated our classroom door! Super cute, huh?
This is how we decorated our classroom door! Super cute, huh?
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