Happy Week #2 of First Grade!

ani-bookWhat a FUN and BUSY week we have had during this second week of school!  We continued to talk about the Robinson Mindset, read many books together, explored names, had a book museum with a favorite book from home, designed with Play-Doh, assembled book bags out of t-shirts, discovered more about turtles, visited the library, sang together, laughed together – and MORE!  As you can tell, there is a lot happening in our classroom each day.  Read on to get  more information about some of the things we did this week.  Thanks for visiting our blog!

  • Conversation Starters
  • LEGO Challenge
  • MAKING Book Bags
  • Names
  • Working TOGETHER
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • 51uXxZXGCvL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_You read a book without words in class this week called, A Ball for Daisy.  Tell me what happened in this book and why you might read a book without words.
  • You talked about the part of the Robinson Mindset called engagement.  What does it look like to be engaged in your class, walking to the cafeteria, and in the hallway?Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.28.20 PM
  • You sang two songs together this week: You are My Sunshine and The More We Get Together.  Which is your favorite song and why?

 

LEGO Challenge: On Monday, we had the opportunity to use Legos and create various things with using Lego task cards.  A card might tell the builders to: make an igloo, create an upside-down house, make a car that really moves, build a tower that stands alone without falling over, and so on.  Legos provide an amazing opportunity for students to think creatively and imaginatively as they work toward a goal.  We will continue to use Legos during various times throughout this year, so keep a lookout for some more creations with these nifty tools.

MAKING Book Bags: Since literacy is an anchor in first grade (and life!), we made book bags this week that will be the “vehicle” our first graders use to transport books to and from home on a weekly basis – ALL YEAR LONG.  In order for the bags to hold up so the kids can read, read and read – they needed to be quite sturdy.  I also wanted the children to have a personal investment in the task so they could take pride in their bag.  So . . . we recycled t-shirts to make bags for our books.  Check out our HARD WORK below!

Names: During our second week of school, we focused on continuing to get to know the names of one another in our learning community.  It is still a work in progress, however, we did many fun things to work on this important task.  We sang songs together (Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?), made posters with our names, created our names out of tiles, learned how we got our names (thank you for helping out with this, families!), and matched up photos with names of our classmates.  Whoa . . . thats a lot!  Check out some photos from our name work this week.

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Working TOGETHER: Quite simply, we continue to practice and learn ways to work together in our room.  There have been many wonderful examples of this happening in such kind and respectful ways.  The Robinson Mindset has really been helping us.  We still have opportunity to grow (as we ALL do!) during the coming weeks and months in first grade.  Check out a few photos below of us working together during the past week.

First graders worked together to read what to do when they came into the classroom in the morning. It was such great teamwork!
First graders worked together to read what to do when they came into the classroom in the morning. It was such great teamwork!
These friends worked together to create objects out of Play-Doh!
These friends worked together to create objects out of Play-Doh!
Abby and Amelia worked together to share a way to solve a classroom problem with our class.
Abby and Amelia worked together to share a way to solve a classroom problem with our class.
Our first graders worked together to take a "gallery walk" during our book museum, in which each first grader featured a favorite book to showcase to our class.
Our first graders worked together to take a “gallery walk” during our book museum, in which each first grader featured a favorite book to showcase to our class.

A Smile for You!  As you know from last week’s post, we have been discussing and brainstorming a problem solving strategy in our room.  As we had conversations about our strategy, we decided to created movements to go along with the steps.  Our last step involves giving a solution a try and going for it!  So . . . our “smile photo” for this week includes a snapshot of our kiddos doing just that!  We were discussing a problem in our classroom and once groups decided on a solution, they stood up to show that they were ready to go for it and try their solution!  Hope it makes you smile like it does for me! Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Have a great weekend!

Check out our "visual" for our last step of our problem solving plan. These kiddos are showing us what it looks like to "give a solution a try and GO! :)
Check out our “visual” for our last step of our problem solving plan. These kiddos are showing us what it looks like to “give a solution a try and GO! 🙂

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