Happy Last Day of March!

Unknown-1Goodbye March . . . HELLO April!  I hope you have had a nice week.  We have had a great week of learning in our classroom and have explored a lot during both math and science, specifically.  We have continued to dive into our next writing unit which is about writing reviews.  The kids are SO EXCITED about their writing that many of them have asked to share their pieces with one another.  I LOVE when our learners get fired-up about what they are doing – that’s just one of the benefits of teaching these kiddos!   Thank you for visiting our blog this week.  Read on for more!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math – Measurement
  • Reading – Retelling and Wondering
  • Science – Plants and Animals
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the Plant Needs song you learned this week.  (Families: you can access the song here so your first grader can sing it for you!)
  • Last week with your Learning Buddy, you created a protective “shelter” for your plastic egg filled with jelly beans.  Tell me what you and your partner used to create a shelter and if your egg survived the drop.
  • Mrs. Meihaus, the Robinson Librarian, read to you this week.  Tell me what she read and whether you enjoyed the book.  What are you wondering about the book she read to you?

Math – Measurement:  As you know, last week we measured with unifix cubes, in order to find the length of various posters in our classroom.  This week, we took the learning one step further.  Each first grader created a measuring strip in order to measure objects in our classroom.  The purpose of using the measuring strip – instead of the cubes – is to guide the children toward counting in groups.  When you see measuring strips in the photos below, you will notice that they are colored in groups of 5 and taped together in groups of 10.  We hope that this will facilitate children using groups to count, rather than by ones.  I have attached the measurement rubric again so you can be aware of what we are assessing during our measurement work.

This is the rubric descriptor for measurement in first grader.
This is the rubric descriptor for measurement in first grade.
Cole and his partner measured the ActivBoard with their measuring strips.
Cole and his partner measured the ActivBoard with their measuring strips.
Callie worked to measure the ActivBoard with her measuring strip.
Callie and Trip worked to measure the ActivBoard with their measuring strips.
Ethan worked to measure our classroom door with his measuring strip.
Ethan worked to measure our classroom door with his measuring strip.
Olivia and Quinn worked to measure our classroom calendar with their measuring strips.
Olivia and Quinn worked to measure our classroom calendar with their measuring strips.
These mathematicians measured our doormat with their measuring strip.
These mathematicians measured our doormat with their measuring strip.

UnknownReading – Retelling and Wondering: We read a book this week that taught us SO MANY interesting facts about kangaroo joeys.  While we read the book together, students worked with a partner to talk about what they were learning and what they wondered about kangaroos before, during and after the read aloud.  We do this rather often, however, I wanted to send a reminder that we need kids to both decode words as well as understand what they are reading.  It is SO IMPORTANT to discuss books before, during and after reading in order to build a strong reader.  Next week, we are going to read another book about an animal growing up and continue to work on the skills of retelling and wondering.

Science – Plants and Animals: We continued learning about plants and animals this week during our science time.  Last week, each first grader planted a seed.  They are VERY excited to see what happens to their seeds, as you might imagine!  We also talked about the similarities and differences among plants and animals and sorted photos of both.  You can see our sorting activity below.  Kids used their iPads to take photos of photos (funny, I know), imported them into an eBackpack document and then sorted them into the appropriate group.  Next week, we will continue exploring characteristics of animals and begin moving deeper into our study of animals.

Jamie took a picture of a picture (ha!) to show what she knew about sorting plants and animals.
Jamie took a picture of a picture (ha!) to show what she knew about sorting plants and animals.
Scientists sorted photos of plants and animals via eBackpack on their iPads.
Scientists sorted photos of plants and animals via eBackpack on their iPads.
Sanjar taught us what he believed about this photo - whether it was a plant or animal, and why.
Sanjar taught us what he believed about this photo – whether it was a plant or animal, and why.
Using her eBackpack document, Paiton shared with us why she sorted the photos in the manner she chose.
Using her eBackpack document, Paiton shared with us why she sorted the photos in the manner she chose.

A Smile for You!  You have seen a few photos from our Choice Time in the past.  However, this one makes me smile extra-big!  Our Lite Brite is very popular in our classroom and one morning, a few kiddos made a creation they were very proud to share with you.  Their smiles make me smile.  🙂 I hope it does the same for you when you check it out.  Thank you again for reading our post this week.  Have a super weekend!

Emily and Alec are quite proud of their Lite Brite creation, as you can tell from their smiling faces!
Emily and Alec are quite proud of their Lite Brite creation, as you can tell from their smiling faces!
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