Happy Autumn or . . .

img_5544. . . Happy Autymn!  In case you didn’t know yet, the beautiful first grader pictured on the right is OUR Autumn!  Did you know that fall began at 10:21am today?  We did – even set an alarm for the reminder! 🙂  You will enjoy reading our blog post this week – we’ve continued to do some great stuff in our room.  Thanks for taking the time to see what your first grader has been up to lately!

Table of Contents:

  • Conversation Starters
  • Read with your Roadrunner
  • Cheez-Its + Pretzels = Math
  • Touring our Room
  • Character Day
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour class read the book Gossie and Gertie multiple times this week – among MANY, MANY other read alouds.  Tell me some of the things your class worked on while you read this book. (Families: we worked on strategies to solve tricky words in the text, using picture clues, finding high frequency words, and reading fluently.)
  • screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-9-48-00-pmYou talked about another part of the Robinson Mindset this week: I have a growth mindset.  What “motion” did your class decide goes with it and what does it look like to be ready to work as a first grader?  What does it look like to have a growth mindset?

Read with your Roadrunner:  At Robinson, we have occasional Friday mornings in which we invite the Robinson community into our school.  Last Friday was one of those special mornings!  It is incredible how many people (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) make their way to visit with their “Roadrunner” to spend time reading.  What a wonderful sight it is to see.  It’s beautiful to witness that members from our learning community come to visit and spend time with us.


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Cheez-Its + Pretzels = Math: This week, we worked on composing numbers by finding more than one way to add numbers to get a specific sum. To begin our work on composing numbers, we used a bit of food – specifically Cheez-its and pretzels!  (Food is ALWAYS a motivator when it comes to learning!)  Here is the problem we investigated: I have 10 pieces of a snack.  Some are pretzels and some are Cheez-its.  How many of each could I have?  We will continue this work into next week, as it is so interesting watching and guiding the discovery that takes place when determining how many ways there are to find a number.

This is our rubric descriptor that connects with the learning we are working on during our math time.
This is our rubric descriptor that connects with the learning we are working on during our math time.

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Touring our Room: As I was looking around our classroom the other day, I realized that you might want a sneak peek at a few things around our room since you probably haven’t looked around in awhile.  So . . . check out our room in the photos below!

This is our word wall - it's in progress, but it's pretty handy right now to know how to spell names of our first grade friends.
This is our word wall – it’s in progress, but it’s pretty handy right now to know how to spell names of our first grade friends.
We are in the midst of discovering each of our names. Eventually, we will have EVERYONE'S name on display.
We are in the midst of discovering each of our names. Eventually, we will have EVERYONE’S name on display.
We created classroom jobs and our job chart - we LOVE having jobs!
We created classroom jobs and our job chart – we LOVE having jobs!
This is our birthday chart.
This is our birthday chart.
On either side of this doorway, you can see the different components of our Robinson Mindset.
On either side of this doorway, you can see the different components of our Robinson Mindset.

Character Day: Today was another special day, like Dot Day was last week.  In our room, we celebrated Character Day – a global event that took place in 124 countries and all 50 states.  We did some meaty work by discussing the definition of character, listing and talking about examples, identifying character strengths in ourselves, creating a way to show character strengths and sharing our work.    Check out some of our work below from our special day.

After watching The Science of Character movie, we discussed which traits were strongest in each of us. Next, each first grader created a display to show his or her traits. Finally, we took a museum walk around our room to check out what everyone created.
After watching The Science of Character movie, we discussed which traits were strongest in each of us and wrote them on a note card. Next, each first grader created a way to display his or her traits. Finally, we took a museum walk around our room to check out what everyone created.

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A Smile for You!  Each morning at Robinson we have Morning Announcements.  These usually consist of either Mrs. Sisul or Mrs. Wilson sharing news for the day, leading the school through the Robinson Mindset, and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our classroom was honored to have Mrs. Sisul visit our room one morning and our kids were SO EXCITED! We even wrote her a thank you note, which is the photo that will make you smile below.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week – have a great weekend!

These three writers created a note for Mrs. SIsul to thank her for coming into our classroom one day for the morning announcements.
These three writers created a note for Mrs. SIsul to thank her for coming into our classroom one day for the morning announcements.
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