Thanks 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!
- Your 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 readers 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.
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.
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!