Happy September!

UnknownWhoa . . . it’s September?  Yeesh . . . how did that happen so quickly?  This week, we have been developing habits as good readers, creating self-portraits to hang in our classroom, learning about turtles, discussing classroom jobs, discovering math tools, practicing adding, singing, and more!  You will notice that there is a slight change below – I have titled our bullet-pointed list as “Table of Contents.”  As I share our this blog with your first grader each Friday, we discussed that it would make sense to add a title, since that is what we see in books.  See what great readers these kiddos are becoming?  They are making connections and it’s awesome!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week . . . keep reading to see some first graders in action!

Table of Contents:

  • Conversation Starters
  • Exploring Math Tools
  • FILLING Book Bags
  • Reading, Reading, and READING
  • Counting Students
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You read so many books this week as a class!  Some of the read alouds have included: Three Little Words, Ollie the Stomper, Excellent Ed,  How Many?, and Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping.   Which was  your favorite and why?
  • Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.02.03 PMYou talked about another part of the Robinson Mindset called grit.  What does it look like to have grit at school?
  • You visited the library and learned about the Scholastic Book Fair that is coming to Robinson NEXT WEEK!  Tell me about some of the books that looked interesting that you learned about from Mrs. Meihaus, your librarian.

Exploring Math Tools: We have began exploring some math tools this week and discussed what we can do with them.  We use math tools for various activities such as counting, measuring, creating patterns, discovering geometric attributes of shapes, and comparing.  You will see below, that we are definitely in the creating phase with our tools!  It was so much fun to work with the kiddos as they were discovering the flexibility of our math tools.

Look at what Charlie created with connecting cubes!
Look at what Charlie created with connecting cubes!
Kai worked with his connecting cubes to create too!
Kai worked with his connecting cubes to create too!
Look at these proud mathematicians and their LONG cube train!
Look at these proud mathematicians and their LONG cube train!
Whoa! Look at what Harlow discovered she could do with her cubes!
Whoa! Look at what Harlow discovered she could do with her cubes!

FILLING Book Bags:  After working to create our book bags last week, it was time to FILL our bags.  On Monday – and at the beginning of EACH week – we filled our book bags so they could go back and forth to school, with the expectation that kiddos will read their books at home.  We had so much fun finding books to fill our book bags!  Check out a few of our shoppers below. 🙂

Myles and Zach shopped in our classroom library for books to put in their book bags.
Myles and Zach shopped in our classroom library for books to put in their book bags.
Addie and Kai checked out our library to fill their book bags!
Addie and Kai checked out our library to fill their book bags!
Davion did some shopping for books to fill his book bag.
Davion did some shopping for books to fill his book bag.

Reading, Reading and READING: We begun discussing good habits of readers this week and had an opportunity to practice these habits in our very own reading!  Each first grader knows that good readers take a sneak peek before reading.  Ask your first grader how to do this and they will be happy to show you!   We also practiced reading with partners and doing SOMETHING when we finish a book.  As you will see on the anchor chart below, there are many options of what to do when finishing a book.  Look below at some of our first grade readers in action – they are AMAZING!

Check out our anchor chart (we are still adding onto) to guide us to develop habits as good readers!
Check out our anchor chart (we are still adding onto) to guide us to develop habits as good readers!

Counting Students: We began with a discussion of job possibilities in our classroom.  The job discussion led into a conversation about how many children we have in our classroom, which led to amazing discovery and thinking about strategies that could be used to find out the correct number.  We finally found out that we have 22 students in our room, after many strategies were tried out and implemented.  Look at some of the counting that happened this week in our classroom!

Check our our job chart . . . our first graders have such suggestions of jobs to keep our classroom running smoothly!
Check our our job chart . . . our first graders have such suggestions of jobs to keep our classroom running smoothly!
After talking about jobs, we wondered how many kids we had in our classroom. That prompted a conversation about ways to count the kids in our room.
After talking about jobs, we wondered how many kids we had in our classroom. That prompted a conversation about ways to count the kids in our room.

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A Smile for You!  This week, we were fortunate enough to have our principal come and read to our classroom one afternoon.  Mrs. Sisul is making it a goal to read aloud to many classrooms this year and the kids absolutely LOVED her visiting!  Check out the photo below and it will make you smile for sure!  Thanks again for visiting our blog this week.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Look! Our principal, Mrs. Sisul, came to visit us this week! She read a great story to us called, Excellent Ed!
Look! Our principal, Mrs. Sisul, came to visit us this week! She read a great story to us called, Excellent Ed!
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