¡Cuatro Dias! = Four Days!

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 9.14.28 PMHelp!  We only have four more days together!  At least the days have been filled with fun and learning, right?  Well . . . as we head into our last week of school, check out a few of the things we have been doing this past week.  As I wrote this post, I noticed we saw a lot of animals over the past few days.  Funny, huh?  As always, thank you for visiting our blog post this week.  Enjoy both reading and looking at our photos below! 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing – Editing for Partners and Meeting with Editors
  • World Bird Sanctuary Field Trip
  • Petting Zoo
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • UnknownYou talked about the MOST important part of a fiction story this week.  (Families – the most important part of books are the characters!)  Tell me what you learned about Mr. Putter in the story you read.  What are three things he likes to do?
  • You visited a second grade classroom to learn about  “Mystery Skype.”  What is a “Mystery Skype?”  Teach me how you did this and some of the jobs you can have while Skyping with other classes.Unknown
  • Mrs. Clark visited your class this week and talked about another Unthinkable.  Tell me about this Unthinkable, times he shows up, and ways to defeat him. (Families – check out the photo of the icky Unthinkable on the right.)

Writing – Revising and Editing: We have worked on writing realistic fiction stories over the past couple of weeks and are now getting ready to publish our pieces.  During our last writing cycle, we had partners edit our work and then made revisions for our published piece.  This time, we still had our partners edit our work, but then each author had a conference with their editor – which was amazing!  I LOVED seeing our first grade authors having conferences with their editors.  They seemed so grown-up.  One of the best parts was when we were discussing and modeling a conference and one of our first graders said, “We are doing things that grown-ups do!”  Yes!!!!  I was so excited to hear this and as a class, we elaborated on why we do things like this in our room.  Check out a few photos from what we have done this week during our writing and you will see what hard workers we have been!

As you have seen before, this is our rubric descriptor for planning, revising, and editing during writing. We worked on this during our writing this week as we edited one another's writing and conferenced with our editors.
As you have seen before, this is our rubric descriptor for planning, revising, and editing during writing. We worked on this during our writing this week as we edited one another’s writing and conferenced with our editors.
This flipchart helped to guide our first grader editors as we worked on one another's writing.
This flipchart helped to guide our first grader editors as we worked on one another’s writing.  These are many of the topics we have worked on during this writing cycle.
After spending time editing one another's writing, our first grade authors conferenced with their "editor" using this chart as a guide.
After spending time editing one another’s writing, our first grade authors conferenced with their “editor” using this chart as a guide.
These two writers work together as the "editor" shares his thinking with the author.
These two writers work together as the editor shares his thinking with the author.
These two writers work together as the editor shared with the author.
These two writers work together as the editor shared with the author.
This editor points out some changes and suggestions he has for our first grade author.
This editor points out some changes and suggestions he has for our first grade author.
After conferencing with our editors, we talked about what we liked and would change for next time. Notice we used DIALOGUE on our chart, something we are trying to work on! :)
After conferencing with our editors, we talked about what we liked and would change for next time. Notice we used DIALOGUE on our chart, something we are trying to work on as writers.

World Bird Sanctuary Field Trip: After rescheduling our field trip in April, we fortunately made it to the World Bird Sanctuary for our field trip this week.  It was still rainy and wet, but it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  First, we had about an hour to walk around the grounds and check out the unique and spectacular birds.  Then, we went inside for our show, Raptor Awareness.  Holy cow!  We saw a falcon, vulture, 3 owls . . . and more!  We learned both about the birds and were able to see many of them fly over us!  It was great and we learned so much about birds!  I would highly recommend visiting the World Bird Sanctuary soon with your first grader in the near future.  We loved it.  If you’d like to learn more about the World Bird Sanctuary, the website by clicking here.  Look at a few of the photos from our special day below.

This is our journey to the bus on the morning of our field trip. Even though it was wet and chilly, we were EXCITED to go to the World Bird Sanctuary!
This is our journey to the bus on the morning of our field trip. Even though it was wet and chilly, we were EXCITED to go to the World Bird Sanctuary!
Check out this amazing owl from our field trip!
Check out this amazing owl as he flew during our show to learn about birds!
Check out this bird from our bird show.
Check out this bird from our bird show.
Look at this owl - a favorite of many - during our show!
Look at this owl – a favorite of many – during our show.

Petting Zoo: Last Friday, we had a chance to walk over to Aberdeen Heights with all of Robinson’s first grade, as well as our fourth grade learning buddies in Ms. Fry’s classroom.  We had the privilege to visit a petting zoo, which was visiting Aberdeen for National Nursing Home Week.  While I believed the animals might have been a bit overwhelmed to have approximately 80 children descend on them ALL at once, the llama, alpacas, chickens and rabbits handled it all quite peacefully and let our children love them – A LOT!  It was such a fun afternoon and another reminder of how grateful we are to have a positive partnership with our Aberdeen neighbors.

Here are some children posing for a photo with a resident after talking with her.
Four boys visited with a resident from Aberdeen Heights during our time at the petting zoo.

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Check out this ADORABLE alpaca from the petting zoo we visited next week! I think he was smiling for the photo!
Check out this ADORABLE alpaca from the petting zoo we visited last week! I think he was smiling for the photo!

A Smile for You!  This week, I happened to begin reflecting on some photos from earlier in the school year.  I stumbled upon one that made me grin from ear to ear.  At the time this photo was taken, I didn’t know these kids that well yet.  But now things are entirely different!  We have spent hours and hours of our lives together and none of us will ever be the same because of it – in a good way, of course! 🙂  Check out the photo below of some of our first graders at recess in September.  It will make you smile and hopefully see what a lovely connection we have with one another in our room.  Thanks for reading our post this week.  Have a magnificent weekend!

Check out these smiling first grade friends at recess.
Check out these smiling first grade friends at recess.
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