It’s the FIRST Thursday of FIRST Grade!

back-to-school2-animationHello again!  Thanks for visiting our blog site once again this week!  We did SO MUCH during these first three days, you won’t believe it!  As you read below, you will see many photos of our classroom experiences and learning, along with a few tidbits of information explaining some of our work.  Enjoy experiencing our first three days of first grade via technology. 

  • Conversation Starters
  • Bradford
  • Box Creations
  • Guided Discovery: Pattern Blocks
  • Playing with Food
  • Problem Solving
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • UnknownTell me about the two books you read about Scaredy Squirrel.  What was his problem in each story and how did he solve his problem?
  • You visited the new Library Learning Commons at Robinson this week.  Tell me three things that you enjoyed about the Learning Commons.  Where did you spend time reading your books?
  • IMG_5027What two things did you share with your teacher you’d like for her to do to make your first grade year AWESOME?

Bradford: On the first day of school, we took time to get to know our newest classmate, Bradford!  We let Bradford walk around and we had the chance to observe and ask questions about him. He is quite intriguing!  We will continue to study turtles as a class since we have so many questions about him.  Check out our photo of Bradford sauntering around our circle below.

We observed Bradford first thing in the morning on our first day of school!
We observed Bradford first thing in the morning on our first day of school!
This includes a small sample of some of the questions (blue writing) we have about Bradford, as well as ways we can find answers (green writing).
This chart has a small sample of some of the questions (blue writing) we have about Bradford, as well as ways we might find answers (green writing).

imagesBox Creations: On the second day of school, we read a book about things one can do with a box.  After collaborating with Mrs. Bearden (our classroom neighbor of fellow first graders), we used creativity by making something out of a box.  As long as it wasn’t a box that was created, it was fair game!   Check out some of our photos below of what our boxes were transformed into during our project this week.  Such fun!

Guided Discovery – Pattern Blocks:  Since we had our creative juices flowing after our box creations, so we continued by using pattern blocks (a manipulative used during mathematics and writing) to create.  The task was to answer this question with a representation of pattern blocks: What makes you happy on the weekends?  The goal of the project was to continue thinking by creating, while also letting me get to know some of the interests of the wonderful kiddos in our classroom.  You will also notice that each kiddo wrote down what he or she made out of pattern blocks.

Playing with Food: On the first day, we decided to play with our food as we ate a snack together in the afternoon.  What more fun is there than making faces, numbers, letters and names with fruit and cheese?  Check it out below! 🙂

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Problem Solving: On the third day of school, we focused our day on strategies for problem solving and implemented this in multiple ways (this will be a recurring theme all year).  We discussed problems in our lives, as well as solutions and how we come to a final solution.  We also read one of the Scaredy Squirrel books and stopped at the climax of the story to discuss his problem, possible solutions, and final solution.  Next, we began discussing problems in our classroom – specifically, finding space for our classroom supplies.  We started with a conversation about our tissue boxes and will move onto other supplies next.  It was amazing having the opportunity to problem solving together.  I really look forward to continuing to work together to solve more problems in our classroom community.

This is the anchor chart we used to prompt and guide our conversations about problem solving.
This is the anchor chart we used to prompt and guide our conversations about problem solving.
We had a conversation to problem solve about the boxes of classroom tissues in our room. Ask your first grader about our solution!
We had a conversation to problem solve about the boxes of classroom tissues in our room. Ask your first grader about our solution!

A Smile for You!: Each week, I like to include a photo that might make you smile.  For this first week, I couldn’t resist including a photo of our kiddos enjoying a room in our new library commons.  It is an amazing space and the children LOVED it!  Enjoy the photo below . . . SMILE . . . and have a fantastic weekend!

Check out these HAPPY kiddos enjoying the QUIET ZONE in our new, Robinson Library Commons.
Check out these HAPPY kiddos enjoying the QUIET ZONE in our new, Robinson Library Commons.
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