9 Days! :(

UnknownPlease know, I am NOT a day-counter-downer (sorry, that’s not really a word – but I HOPE it expresses what I am thinking) with the end of the school year.  Friends and family keep asking how many days we have left and I can only tell them the last day of school – not the number of days.  I can ONLY do so now because I can count the days aloud, which is so sad for me to think of saying goodbye (until August) to these wonderful first graders.  We have had a great week together, which you will see below.  Thank you for visiting our blog this week.  We appreciate you taking the time to learn what we’ve been up to in our classroom.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing – Owning our Writing
  • Reading – Predicting & Retelling Stories
  • Economics – Producers and Products
  • Math – Time 
  • A.C.E.S. Day
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • As you do each week, you visited Mrs. Meihaus in the library this week.  However, it was a different experience because you talked with her about ways to make the library more of a Learning Commons.  Tell me about the conversation you had with Mrs. Meihaus and some of the ideas you shared.
  • You had A.C.E.S. Day this week.  (Read below to learn more and see some dancers in action!)  Tell me what you felt before, during and after A.C.E.S. Day?  What did you enjoy about your favorite song to dance to during the day?

Writing – Owning Our Writing: As you know, we continue to work on our realistic fiction stories.  Some of our writers have written two, three or four stories in their series – using the same character each time!  It is such fun to see these writers take-off!  One task we did this week was we worked to own our own writing.  This means that each author investigated his or her writing and made decisions about what they are doing well and what they want to work on next.  There was some powerful learning that took place during our writing time this week.  In the photos below, check out some of the talking points during our writing time and some of the questions that guided our work and conversation.

This is how we began one of our lessons this week, with our learning goal.
This is how we began one of our lessons this week, with our learning goal.
As writers, we began by discussing some questions we were going to investigate as writers.
As writers, we began by discussing some questions we were going to investigate as writers.
Each first grader used this checklist to see what he or she was doing well as a writer and what he or she wanted to work on next.
Each first grader used this checklist to see what he or she was doing well as a writer and what he or she wanted to work on next.

Reading – Predicting & Retelling Stories: We have been exploring fiction books lately and working on a couple of specific reading strategies to become stronger readers.  We discussed that good writers PREDICT as they read.  Meaning, readers read, pause, think about what might happen next in the story, and then they read some more.  Next, they repeat the process again and again.  We also practiced retelling stories so we wouldn’t forget all of the amazing books we have been reading.  We used sticky notes to mark the most important parts of a story and then used the notes to help us retell the story to a friend by knowing which pages to turn to quickly.  Check out a few photos from our great work and please, please, please encourage your first grader to transfer these strategies to their at-home reading as you read together.  Thanks! 🙂

Economics – Producers and Products: We have explored various facets of economics this week.  One of the areas we discussed has been producers and products.  We decided to MAKE our own producers and products in order to demonstrate what we learned and knew about the concept.  Check out some of our creations below!

Alec does some work with producers and products by using our chart as a guide.
Alec does some work with producers and products by using our chart as a guide.
This first grader created a baker as the producer and a cake as the product.
This first grader created a baker as the producer and a cake as the product.
This kiddo created an artist as her producer and some artwork as the product.
This kiddo created an artist as her producer and some artwork as the product.
This first grader created a pizza maker as her producer and a pizza as the product.
This first grader created a pizza maker as her producer and a pizza as the product.
This first grader made a mechanic as a producer and a fixed van as her product.
This first grader made a mechanic as a producer and a fixed van as her product.
This first grader created a teacher as the producer and learning from a student as her product.
This first grader created a teacher as the producer and learning from a student as her product.
This kiddo created ANOTHER pizza chef as the producer and pizza as the product.
This kiddo created ANOTHER pizza chef as the producer and pizza as the product.
After all of the amazing creations, we did a gallery walk to check out what others did, which also prompted our debrief conversation about producers and products.
After all of the amazing creations, we did a gallery walk to check out what others did, which also prompted our debrief conversation about producers and products.

Math – Time: As we continue to work on telling time, we took it a step further today by creating a timeline of our daily schedule in first grade.  This was HARD work, as your first grader will tell you.  We had to put our day in order by words, time and then put the correct time on each clock!  These mathematicians are becoming experts in telling time!  Check out a few photos of some VERY HAPPY math thinkers below.

A.C.E.S. Day: On Wednesday, we celebrated our annual tradition of having All Children Exercising Simultaneously.  (Get it?  A.C.E.S. is an acronym!)  The fifth grade students create the dances and the rest of the children learn the dances during P.E. class.  Then . . . the ENTIRE school gets together to shake their bodies and enjoy time together.  You can see a photo below of our time together.  Additionally, you can click here to WATCH us do a little dancing together! 🙂

This is what it looks like when a WHOLE SCHOOL is outside dancing together!
This is what it looks like when a WHOLE SCHOOL is outside dancing together!

A Smile for You!  This week we have some musicians who chose to do some singing together one morning during their Choice Time.  Click here to listen to and watch some of our first grade musicians – it is sure to make you smile for so many reasons!  Do you see why I am going to miss these kiddos?  Thanks for reading our post this week.  Have a great weekend!

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