ALMOST October!

graphics-autumn-436677Thanks for visiting our blog this week!  We continued to do A LOT lately and are really getting into a learning groove in our room.  As you read below, I hope you will enjoy learning about what we’ve been doing in first grade!  

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing Partners
  • Exploring Sound
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • thYour class explored math racks this week and played a game after reading a book called The Double Decker Bus.  Tell me some of the strategies you use to count the “passengers” on the math rack efficiently, instead of counting by ones.  How do the colors on the math rack help you count?  What does it mean to TRUST the five?
  • You had a chance to talk about good and bad habits that rfullsizerender-3eaders can have this week.  Tell me some of the bad habits readers could have (eek!) as well as some of the good habits readers (YOU) could have!  (Families: Please refer to the chart we made on the right to support your conversation.)

Writing Partners:  Our first grade authors spent much time this week working with partners during our Writing Workshop.  We discussed how writers can help and support one another to learn and worked to practice this skill a few times this week.  We read our  writing pieces to one another, read and discussed writing from another first grader and looked at our writing now, as compared to a few weeks ago – in order to see our growth already!  These kiddos keep working hard and I am certain they will continue to do so during the coming weeks.

Amora and Julie worked together as writing partners to support one another as authors.
Amora and Julia worked together as writing partners to support one another as authors.
Autymn and Edie read their stories to one another as writing partners.
Autymn and Edie read their stories to one another as writing partners.
Amelia and Kai worked to support one another as writers by treading their stories to one another.
Amelia and Kai worked to support one another as writers by treading their stories to one another.
Trip and Connor read their stories to one another to strengthen their writing.
Trip and Connor read their stories to one another to strengthen their writing.
These writing partners read writing from another first grader so they could ponder what they liked about the writing and what they might want to try in their own writing.
These writing partners read writing from another first grader so they could ponder what they liked about the writing and what they might want to try in their own writing.
Amora and Julia also read writing from another first grader to think about how to make their writing better.
Amora and Julia also read writing from another first grader to think about how to make their writing better.
Zach read the writing of other first graders in our class so he could get ideas of ways to make his writing better.
Zach read the writing of other first graders in our class so he could get ideas of ways to make his writing better.
Many authors read writing from other kiddos in our classroom to get ideas to improve their own writing.
Many authors read writing from other kiddos in our classroom to get ideas to improve their own writing.

Exploring Sound: We dove into our science curriculum this week as we began exploring sound.  We listened to and made changes to sounds from rubber bands, aluminum bottles, stethoscopes, and “telephone” cups.  You can see our rubric below, which guides our study of sound.  We will continue discussing and observing sound and also begin exploring light next week.  

This is the rubric we use as a guide during our study of sound.
This is the rubric we use as a guide during our study of sound.

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Scientists used "telephone" cups to explore sound and how vibrations travel.
Scientists Autumn and Kai used “telephone” cups to explore sound and how vibrations travel.
Amelia and Edie used "telephone" cups to explore sound.
Amelia and Edie used “telephone” cups to explore sound.

A Smile for You!  There were a few photos to choose from this week, but the following won because it completely FILLED my heart!  The photo below shows first graders learning from first graders.  It is LOVELY and AMAZING when kiddos begin building confidence to teach one another, like you’ll see below.  What is even more awesome is seeing how interested the kiddos on the carpet are – because they all wanted to LEARN!  Yay for first grade!

I LOVE when kids teach and learn from one another! This is an example of a time this happened this week in our class.
I LOVE when kids teach and learn from one another! This is an example of a time this happened this week in our class.
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