Counting and Reading and Writing, Oh My!

unknownI hope you enjoyed the reference in the title of this post to The Wizard of Oz. 🙂  We sure did all of the things mentioned (plus more!) during a BUSY first grade week!  Your first grader is working SO HARD and continues to be an integral part in our learning community.  As you read through this post, you will notice that there are two opportunities to watch small videos about things happening in our room.  So . . . read closely and click on the links when you get to them!  Thanks for visiting our classroom blog!

Table of Contents:

  • Conversation Starters
  • Taking Inventory – Part 2
  • Building Habits for Good Readers
  • Our KSD Visiting Scientist
  • Dot Day
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour read the book Ish twice this week.  One skill your class worked on was figuring out the message the author is trying to teach in the book.  What did you and your reading partner decide that Peter Reynolds was trying to teach you in the story about Ramon and his artwork?
  • screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-9-09-17-pmYou talked about another part of the Robinson Mindset this week: I am ready to work.  What “motion” did your class decide goes with it and what does it look like to be ready to work as a first grader?

Taking Inventory – Part 2:  During our math workshop, we continued working on our investigation from last week which included taking inventory of items in our classroom.  Through some whole-group conversation, the first grader mathematicians in our room decided to count in larger groups because counting by ones was taking too long!  If you want to see the kids counting IN ACTION, click here!

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Building Habits for Good Readers: This week, we worked on using Reading Mats during our reading time.  Reading Mats allow children to organize their books to prepare for reading, while simultaneously providing them structure during their reading to put books in specific location after finishing a book.  They mats are working great and as you can see below, we continue to work on building habits of good readers . . . particularly because every child in our room is an EXCELLENT reader!

Duncan and Zach worked to read with their reading mats.
Duncan and Zach worked to read with their reading mats.
Autumn and Edie are READERS!
Autumn and Edie are READERS!
Kai and Julia worked hard to build good habits as readers.
Kai and Julia worked hard to build good reading habits..
Amora and Harlow practiced their reading habits.
Amora and Harlow practiced their reading habits.
Check out this trio of Addie, Myles and Jack working on their reading habits.
Check out this trio of Addie, Myles and Jack working on their reading habits.

Our KSD Visiting Scientist: During our second week of school, our district science facilitator, Mr. Bartin, came to visit us and talked about turtles – since we were curious to learn about our classroom pet.  This week, he stopped by again and gave us a sneak peek of some learning that will take place during our upcoming unit about light and sound.  He brought a “special” radio, tuning forks, plastic pipes, and metal pipes.  There was so much excitement in the classroom during his visit!  If you want to see part of his visit in action, click here.

Mr. Bartin prompted some interesting discoveries about sound during his visit.
Mr. Bartin prompted some interesting discoveries about sound during his visit.
Mr Bartin continued to share about sound with two classes of first graders!
Mr Bartin continued to share about sound with two classes of first graders!

unknown-1Dot Day: You might not have known about the special day that took place in our room this week, but it was International Dot Day!  The book, The Dot, was where the day originated and then it took off from there!  The purpose of Dot Day is for kids to learn that they have the ability to make a mark on their world and influence others.  (This was the author’s message in the book!)  In our room, we watched the author read the book (via YouTube), read the book together, made “dot” art, played Twister, and received “dot” certificates!

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A Smile for You!  This week, we did many special things, as you read!  We also had some time to work on a puzzle, which led three kiddos to great success of completing a 100 piece puzzle!  They were so proud and wanted to pose for a picture in front of their completed puzzle.  Great work Zach, Allyson and Trip!

Look at how happy these first graders are after completing their 100 piece (!) puzzle!
Look at how happy these first graders are after completing their 100 piece (!) puzzle!
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