It’s ALREADY Spring Break?

Green-Irish-top-hatThis week before Spring Break has gone by so quickly!  It is so hard to believe that we have completed THREE quarters of first grade already.  That means we only have one quarter left!!  My goodness our time is going fast!  Can you believe your child is almost a second grader?  Some of the work we have done this week is definitely that of a second grader because we have been working hard!  Check out our work below.  Thank you for visiting our blog this week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Geography
  • Learning Buddies, St. Patrick’s Day & Neighbors at Aberdeen
  • Persuasive Writing – Editing & Publishing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class listened to the three, SILLY books pictured above from the Robinson librarian, Mrs. Meihaus.  Tell me what happened in each story.  Which was your favorite and why?

  • You talked about St. Patrick’s Day this week after reading a book and watching a movie about the holiday.  Tell me two things you know about the day.  Why do we celebrate on March 17th each year?

Geography:  After discussing and learning oodles of information about geography, we did work to show what we knew about maps, cardinal directions, a compass rose, bird’s eye view, human and physical features, and transportation.  Whew . . . that’s a lot!  Check out some of our photos below.

Here is a compass rose one of our first graders made.
Here is a compass rose one of our first graders made.
We made signs in our classroom for each of the cardinal directions.
We made signs in our classroom for each of the cardinal directions.
Ethan helped us to sort human and physical features during our Social Studies time.
Ethan helped us to sort human and physical features during our Social Studies time.
This first grader made a plan to create a mode of transportation.
This first grader made a plan to create a mode of transportation.
This first grader wrote about noticings and wonderings after exploring maps.
This first grader wrote about noticings and wonderings after exploring maps.
This first grader sorted physical and human features with magazine cut-outs.
This first grader sorted physical and human features with magazine cut-outs.
Olivia created her mode of transportation, an airplane.
Olivia created her mode of transportation, an airplane.
Bella shared the mode of transportation she created.
Bella shared the mode of transportation she created.

Learning Buddies, St. Patrick’s Day & Neighbors at Aberdeen: This week, we worked on a project with our Learning Buddies that allowed us to both learn about St. Patrick’s Day and create an opportunity to serve our elderly neighbors at Aberdeen Heights.  With our fourth grade Buddies we made festive St. Patrick’s Day snacks with Lucky Charms.  Each child made a treat that will be hand-delivered as we all walk over to Aberdeen Heights as a Robinson community.  We intend to deliver treats AND read books to the residents during our visit.  It will be so much fun and our kiddos are very excited to take part in serving our neighbors in this way.  Check out a few photos below to see us in action as we made snacks for our neighbors at Aberdeen.

Learning buddies worked together to make a snack for residents at Aberdeen Heights.
Learning buddies worked together to make a snack for residents at Aberdeen Heights.
Alec and his buddy scooped out some Lucky Charms to make their snack.
Alec and his buddy scooped out some Lucky Charms to make their snack.
Sanjar worked on his snack for our neighbors at Aberdeen Heights.
Sanjar worked on his snack for our neighbors at Aberdeen Heights.
Here are ALL of the finished St. Patrick's Day snacks to plan to deliver to Aberdeen Heights on Friday.
Here are ALL of the finished St. Patrick’s Day snacks we plan to deliver to Aberdeen Heights during a walking field trip.

Persuasive Writing – Editing & Publishing: Each first grader finished writing his or her persuasive piece this week and their writing is WONDERFUL!  The pieces attempt to “persuade” the reader to believe the same as the author by using details and a counterargument.  These kiddos are truly growing as writers and it is so much fun to watch.  Check out some of our hard-working authors below.

This author used her writing checklist to edit her persuasive piece.
Paiton used her writing checklist to edit her persuasive piece.
Gus worked to edit his writing piece by using his editing checklist.
Gus worked to edit his writing piece by using his editing checklist.
Wyatt worked to finish his published piece about Lincoln Logs.
Wyatt worked to finish his published piece about Lincoln Logs.
Alec worked to create the cover for his persuasive writing piece.
Alec worked to create the cover for his persuasive writing piece.

A Smile for You!  Recently, we needed some encouragement to use kind words in our classroom.  We decided to do something about it by inviting a fourth grade friend, Damon, into our room to talk with us.  He was AMAZING!  He shared why it is so important to use kind words with friends and make positive choices at Robinson.  Our first graders asked Damon many questions and he was a shining star in our room.  We intend to invite him back because he was such a positive role model.  Without further ado, check out the photo below because it is sure to make you smile.  It’s always so fun to see kids teaching one another. Thank you for reading our post this week.  Have a wonderful Spring Break with your first grader.

Damon, a fourth grader, visited us to talk with us about making respectful choices in our classroom.
Damon, a fourth grader, visited us to talk with us about making respectful choices in our classroom.
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