Help! 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!
- You 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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!