First Grade Scientists – and MORE!

img-thingThanks for visiting our blog this week!  Our focus is learning, learning and learning.  Hope that you’re ok with that! 🙂  As you heard, we began Kids Teach Kids this week, which has been VERY exciting.  There are some photos below of the children who presented this week.  As we round out the first quarter (which is EXTREMELY difficult to believe), we continue to learn ways to do our best and ways to work with one another in our community.  

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Scientists – Exploring Outside
  • Scientist Design Challenge
  • Reading with Learning Buddies
  • Pentominoes
  • Kids Teaching Kids
  • A Smile for You!

unknown-1Conversation Starters:

  • Your class heard the book The Little Engine That Could this week.  Tell me how the phrase, “I think I can” connects to solving hard words as a reader.  How can this book help you when things get difficult or challenging?
  • Your class has talked about using “self-talk” to make unknownpositive choices during your Second Steps lessons.  Tell me some words you use to help yourself make positive choices in the classroom, hallway, at recess and lunch and at specials.
  • The Robinson Librarian, Mrs. Meihaus, read a story to your class this week called Stellaluna.  There were a lot of facts about bats in the book, along with an amazing story.  Tell me what happened in the story and one thing you learned about bats.

Scientists – Exploring Outside:  During our half-day of school this past week, the entire first grade ventured out into the Robinson Woods and explored light with various science tools.  Each first grader had the opportunity to use a flashlight, colored lenses, mirrors, magnifying glasses, binoculars, and spectroscopes to explore light.  It was such a great day of discovery and learning.

This is the rubric descriptor we use when we are engineering - like with our design challenge.
This is the rubric descriptor we use when we are engineering – like with our design challenge.

Scientist Design Challenge: As we are beginning to wrap-up our unit on light and sound, a design challenge was presented to our first grade scientists.  As a class, we read a story about three children who were hiking in the woods who got off the beaten path.  They needed to use the supplies in their backpack to make light or sound to notify their friends where they were in the woods.  Our job is to pretend we are the children in the woods and create a device that will notify others of our location.  Today, we worked on designing and tomorrow we will venture into the woods to see if our device is effective to notify others of our whereabouts.  It will be a fun journey!

This is the rubric descriptor we use when we are engineering - like with our design challenge.
This is the rubric descriptor we use when we are engineering – like with our design challenge.
This is the job given to each group to show off what they have learned about light and sound.
This is the job given to each group to show off what they have learned about light and sound.

Reading with Learning Buddies: We have met with our fourth grade learning buddies on a few occasions and are having such a great time with them.  Recently, we have brought our reading materials (books, reading mats and goal sheet) with us to show off what we can do as readers and to get some assistance from our buddies on solving hard words.  It is so much fun reading with older kids – it’s a great opportunity to show what we know.

Edie worked on setting a reading goal for the day with her fourth grade learning buddy.
Edie worked on setting a reading goal for the day with her fourth grade learning buddy.
Amelia read with her buddy.
Amelia read with her buddy.
Abby and her fourth grade buddy read together.
Abby and her fourth grade buddy read together.
Dai'jon read with his TWO fourth grade learning buddies.
Dai’jon read with his TWO fourth grade learning buddies.
Charlie read with his fourth grade learning buddy.
Charlie read with his fourth grade learning buddy.
Cal and his fourth grade learning buddy read together.
Cal and his fourth grade learning buddy read together.
Ava read with her fourth grade buddy.
Ava read with her fourth grade buddy.
Harlow and her fourth grade buddy read together.
Harlow and her fourth grade buddy read together.

Pentominoes:  Last Friday, we visited another teacher’s classroom and had the chance to explore with pentominoes.  A pentomino is a plane geometric figure formed by joining five equal squares edge to edge. There are twelve pentominoes, and we had the chance to fit our pieces into puzzles and stretch our brains.  Check out a few of our photos below from when we explored pentominoes.

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Kids Teaching Kids: As you are WELL aware, we launched our first cycle of Kids Teach Kids this week.  Each child has the opportunity to choose a topic in which they are an “expert” and then teach our class about their topic.  We have had a fantastic time so far during our presentations.  Check out a few photos below from our week of LEARNING from one another.

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A Smile for You!  As I’m sure you have noticed, reading is incredibly important in first grade – as well as in life.  While we spend much time practicing reading each day in our classroom, there are times when some kiddos shine through and share their skills with the entire class.  The photo below is an example of one such moment.  Autymn had been reading a book during her independent reading time and did such an INCREDIBLE job that she wanted to read to the WHOLE CLASS.  It was so much fun because she (along with the rest of the kids) are such great readers!  Hope the photo makes you smile like it did for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Autymn is such an amazing reader that she read a WHOLE book to us on the document camera!
Autymn is such an amazing reader that she read a WHOLE book to us on the document camera!

 

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