It’s MARCH!

flowers7We had a fun and busy week, even though we had a half-day on Monday! We ended last week with our shadow puppet plays, which were fabulous.  Then we began our week with a half-day game day.  Check out some information about that below!  Additionally, we continued using math strategies to help us SHOW our thinking while we solve problems using place value strategies.  We have worked on handwriting a bit more (we need lots of PRACTICE on starting ALL of our letters and numbers from the top!) and continued writing about our collections.  As you can tell, we have had some GOOD STUFF happening in first grade.  Thank you for visiting our blog this week . . . keep reading!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Shadows Puppet Plays
  • Half-Day Game Day
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Math Snack: Edible Frogs!
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • bunny-rabbit-walkingYour class voted for your favorite Show-Me Nominated book this week.  Who did you vote for?  Which book was the favorite for your class?  Was this your favorite too?  Why or why not?
  • You have had Walker’s Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year during recess.  Tell me about the Club and how many laps you have walked.  Have you earned a toe token yet?  Do you enjoy Walker’s Club?  Why or why not?  Do you walk like the cute bunny on this page? 🙂

Shadow Puppet Plays:  After learning about light and sound and practicing how to make shadow puppets, each first grader performed his or her play for the class.  The plays were so creative and fun – we just LOVED them.  We could see what the kiddos learned about light and many groups incorporated sound into their play in order to demonstrate what they know about sound.  Check out the photos below.

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Half-Day Game Day: This past Monday, we had a half-day of school and had an opportunity to develop social skills, visual perception, hand-eye coordination – and more! –  while we played board games together.  Click here to learn more about the benefits of having children play board games.  It was an enjoyable learning time and the children did an excellent job of playing fairly and working with a partner to decide on a game and play a game – even when it got hard or boring! 🙂  Check out a few photos from our time together below.

Cristiano and Bella played Candyland together during our Game Day.
Cristiano and Bella played Candyland together during our Game Day.
Wyatt and Olivia played Star Wars Trouble during our Game Day.
Wyatt and Olivia played Star Wars Trouble during our Game Day.
Gray and Riley enjoyed playing Sorry during our Game Day.
Gray and Riley enjoyed playing Sorry during our Game Day.
Gage and Isaiah played Scrabble Jr. together during our Game Day.
Gage and Isaiah played Scrabble Jr. together during our Game Day.
Trip and Emily played Candyland during our Game Day.
Trip and Emily played Candyland during our Game Day.
Sanjay and Gage played Connec Four during our Game Day.
Sanjay and Gage played Connec Four during our Game Day.

Persuasive Writing: As you know, last week, we started our persuasive writing unit. This week, we spent a couple of days working to write about our collections and are continuing to improve our arguments in order to convince our reader to believe what we do.  We will continue this writing into next week.

These authors talked about the "favorite" of their collections and convinced one another why they liked that item best.
These authors talked about the “favorite” of their collections and convinced one another why they liked that item best.
First grade writers read over their pieces to see what they could add to their writing to make it better.
First grade writers read over their pieces to see what they could add to their writing to make it better.
Ethan read his persuasive piece to see what he could add to make it better.
Ethan read his persuasive piece to see what he could add to make it better.
Paiton read her persuasive piece to see what she could add to make it better.
Paiton read her persuasive piece to see what she could add to make it better.

Math Snack: Edible Frogs!: Last Friday, we made a math snack that included apple slices, peanut butter, raisins and grapes.  We turned all of those ingredients into a cute, little frog!   It is always fun counting together, but particularly when a snack is involved.  Check out our happy math thinkers with their frog buddies!

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A Smile for You! We had a special visitor in our class this past Tuesday morning.  You have heard about the AMAZING men who visited from Rwanda at the beginning of the year, Pacifique and Trezor.  Now, Pacifique is back in the United States and made a stop in our room to read with us and join our Morning Meeting.  Check out the photos below – they are sure to make you smile because it made us SO HAPPY to have Pacifique visit with us.  Thanks for reading our blog this week.  Have a great weekend.

Do you see SOMEONE in this photo who is NOT a first grader?!?
Do you see SOMEONE in this photo who is NOT a first grader?!?
Pacifique joined our Morning Meeting on Tuesday. We loved having him visit because we had the opportunity to ask him oodles of questions about Rwanda!
Pacifique joined our Morning Meeting on Tuesday. We loved having him visit because we had the opportunity to ask him oodles of questions about Rwanda!
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