Welcome to Fourth Quarter

flowers15It is actually fourth quarter in first grade!  Wow . . . the kids have had an AMAZING week during these past few days and are already acting like second graders sometimes!  This post is going to JUMP in to what we have done recently  because there is A LOT to cover!  Thanks for visiting, and – Happy Spring!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math – Measurement
  • Mixed-up Words
  • Science – Living and Nonliving
  • Visiting Aberdeen Heights
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • UnknownYour class talked about the Robinson Road Rules A LOT this week.  Remind me what these rules are and how you follow them at Robinson.  (The rules are: Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for Learning and Respect for the Environment.)  Where do you need to follow these rules?  (Families: This is a TRICK question!  We need to follow the Robinson Road Rules EVERYWHERE!)
  • Your class listened to Mrs. Meihaus read a book this week that was SO HARD for her to even say!  The book was called, The Girl Who Hated Books.  (Oh no!!!!) Tell me about the story and how the problem was solved.
  • Mrs. Sisul visited your class to perform Book Talks.  Tell me what a Book Talk is and if you are interested in doing a Book Talk about a book you have read.

Math – Measurement:  We began the week with a math context about an art show and what it might be like to measure posters in order to make signs for artwork.  We worked to begin discovering HOW to measure efficiently and which strategies help mathematicians most as they measure.  As we continue this unit next week, we will measure while also spiraling back to strategies for adding efficiently and finding patterns in numbers.  Look below to see what some of our mathematicians did as they worked this week.

This is the rubric descriptor for measurement in first grader.
This is the rubric descriptor for measurement in first grade.
Wyatt measured a poster with unifiix cubes.
Wyatt measured a poster with unifiix cubes.
Cole used his cubes to measure the poster.
Cole used his cubes to measure the poster.
Leo and Bella taught us one of their measuring strategies - grouping cubes into colors by tens!
Leo and Bella taught us one of their measuring strategies – grouping cubes into colors by tens!

Mixed-up Words: This week, we did some word work with plastic eggs.  As the children and I spoke before break, many REQUESTED for us to do some work with eggs during this week so I gladly obliged.  As you will see below, there are many opportunities to work with eggs to learn words – among other things.  We had so much fun while we learned!

We wrote words from our Word Wall onto separate papers and put them into eggs so our friends could remake the words. Such fun!
We wrote words from our Word Wall onto separate papers and put them into eggs so our friends could remake the words. Such fun!
Alec worked with letters to make a word.
Alec wrote his letters to make words from our Word Wall.
Word family parts were written on these eggs and when one part rotates, new words are made.
Word family parts were written on these eggs and when one part rotates, new words are made.
Gus wrote down word family words from his egg.
Gus wrote down word family words from his egg.
Jamie wrote down word family words from her egg.
Jamie wrote down word family words from her egg.

Visiting Aberdeen Heights: Shortly before Spring Break, we visited Aberdeen Heights with our fourth grade Learning Buddies.  We had an opportunity to deliver an early St. Patrick’s Day treat, read to the residents, chat with them and even sing Old MacDonald had a Farm!  It was a lovely morning and both children and residents seemed to truly enjoy one another’s company.  Check it out below!

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Science – Living and Nonliving: We began our science study about objects that are living and nonliving.  (This will lead into our study of plants and animals.)  I quickly found that there is much confusion about what classifies something as living and what classifies something as nonliving.  Children had an opportunity to sort a science bag filled with objects into living or nonliving.  (Bags contained items such as seeds, sprinkles, pebbles, pom poms, and confetti.)  Next, each partnership chose one item they would like to plant and will observe if it will grow over the coming weeks.  It is going to be so much fun to see what we learn about living and nonliving objects!  Check out some of our scientists – in action – below.

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A Smile for You!  This week we did some work with watercolors in our room. (I told you we did A LOT!)  The watercolor work prompted amazing creativity and even led two artists to make a piece with various tools – paint, crayons, colored pencils, and markers!  It makes me smile when kids are free to explore and create like this.  I hope it will do the same for you as you look at the photo below.  Thank you for reading our LONG post this week.  Have a fantastic weekend. 🙂

Two first grade artists worked hard one morning to create a piece of art with mixed media. Lovely!
Two first grade artists worked hard one morning to create a piece of art with various tools. Lovely!

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