We are BUSY in First Grade!

ani_hahaWhew!  It has been a busy – and FUN – week in first grade!  Thanks for sharing your first grader with me! 🙂  We have done a lot of measuring, sharing math thinking, writing persuasive pieces, learning about animals – as well as reading, reading, and reading!  I told you we’ve been doing a lot!  Keep reading so you can SEE what we have been doing too!  Thank you for visiting our blog this week!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math – MORE Measuring
  • Writing Reviews
  • Science – Making and EATING (?) Insects
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 8.32.20 PMTell me about the Insect Song you learned this week.  Did you enjoy learning about the different parts of an insect?  What is the 6-3-2 rule with insects?
  • Your class read another book this week about an animal growing up.  What animal did you learn about?  What do you wonder about the animal you read about?  What surprised you about the animal you learned about?
  • UnknownMrs. Meihaus, read two books to you this week during your library visit.  One was about penguin who got hiccups!  Tell me how the little penguin got hiccups and what he did to get rid of them.  Did he learn his lesson about not getting hiccups anymore?  Use details from the text to tell me how you know.

Math – MORE Measuring: It’s hard to even know where to begin with everything that happened during our math time over this past week!  We have continued to work on measuring and building our knowledge about place value in order to add and subtract numbers from one another.  This week, we did some work with converting measurements into tens and ones.  We also shared strategies for adding numbers on a math poster and had a gallery walk.  (During a gallery walk, students look at one another’s thinking, write comments on sticky notes and then reflect on the comments from others.)  Check out some of our work below.

After measuring our posters recently, we decided to convert our totals to measurements using our ten-strips. We use this strategy because it clearly shows place value and guides children to be flexible with their thinking.
After measuring our posters recently, we decided to convert our totals to measurements using our ten-strips. We use this strategy because it clearly shows place value and guides children to be flexible with their thinking.
These mathematicians began making a poster to show their thinking for addition problems.
These mathematicians began making a poster to show their thinking for addition problems.

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These mathematicians took a gallery walk and wrote compliments and questions on other mathematicians' posters.
These mathematicians took a gallery walk and wrote compliments and questions on other mathematicians’ posters.
This poster has comments and compliments after we did our gallery walk.
This poster has comments and compliments after we did our gallery walk.
Ethan and Trip read their comments from other mathematicians after our gallery walk.
Ethan and Trip read their comments from other mathematicians after our gallery walk.
Ethan and Alec played Leapfrog during math, a game to support understanding of place value.
Ethan and Alec played Leapfrog during math, a game to support understanding of place value.

Writing Reviews: We continued writing persuasive pieces this week and holy smokes – the writing is INCREDIBLE!  It is such fun talking about ways to review something and convince others, like great writers do.  These writers are working on pieces about topics such as: Star Wars, Taco Bell, My Little Ponies, Florida, Jurassic Park, and more!  This week, we talked about how to compare our topic to something else and write a catchy conclusion.  These authors nailed it!  Next week, we will begin revising, editing, and publishing our pieces in order to celebrate our hard work.

Ruby read her writing piece to Alec so she could improve her writing by listening to his suggestions.
Ruby read her writing piece to Alec so she could improve her writing by listening to his suggestions.

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Science – Making and EATING (?) Insects: We continued our introductory work with animals this week by discussing how scientists classify animals, why we need animals, what foods we get from animals, how animals help us and how we can care for animals.   For a fun way to learn a bit more about insects, we made insects out of fruit in order to demonstrate the three parts of an insect’s body – the head, thorax, and abdomen.  Check out some of our exciting learning this week during our science time.

Look at these first grade scientists singing our Insect Song. They are showing their antennae!
Look at these first grade scientists singing our Insect Song. They are showing their antennae!
Cole and Mia work hard to make their insects, before EATING them!
Cole and Mia work hard to make their insects, before EATING them!
Riley PROUDLY shows his insect.
Riley PROUDLY shows his insect.
Some of our seeds began growing! We were so excited to see this happening!
A couple of weeks ago, we planted some seeds.  If you look closely, you will see that s.me of our seeds began growing! We were so excited to see this happening!

A Smile for You!  On a regular basis, we have a Kirkwood police officer visit our school in order to keep us safe, while also getting the children comfortable with seeing an officer in our presence.  One day, Officer Stemmler popped into our room and the kids were in AWE of all of the STUFF he has on him and had oodles of questions for him!  If you are wondering about pepper spray, handcuffs or the kind of food prisoners eat, just ask your first grader because we talked about all of these topics, among others! 🙂  You HAVE to love our curious first graders at Robinson – they are the BEST!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week and enjoy smiling from the photo below! 🙂

Officer Stemmler visited our classroom unexpectedly this week and the kids LOVED it!!
Officer Stemmler visited our classroom unexpectedly this week and the kids LOVED it!!
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