Happy Second Quarter of First Grade!

imagesWe have OFFICIALLY launched into the second quarter of first grade.  Although this has been a short week, it has already included much learning and thinking in our room!  Some of our thinking has taken place with a geometry exploration, daily read alouds (of course!), Mystery Skype, teaching others during Kids Teach Kids and identifying the beginning, middle and end in a story.  We sure do fit a lot into our days!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Geometry Exploration
  • Mystery Skype #2
  • Exploring Keynote
  • Kids Teaching Kids
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Kid Photography 
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour class read another book for the Global Read Aloud this week called The Reader.  Tell me about this book and which has been your favorite book during our Global Read Aloud so far.
  • Your class had the opportunity to visit Mrs. Marks’ first grade writing celebration.  Tell me what some of the stories were about by the authors and things that you liked that you might try in your writing.
  • During your library visit this week, you learned about the online visual catalog to search for books.  Tell me how you might use the visual catalog to find books you are interested in reading in the Robinson Library.

Geometry Exploration: We are embarking on a geometry unit, which meant that I wanted to find out what our first graders knew about 2-dimensional shapes.  We used a geometry pre-assessment on our iPads to explore shapes and show what we know.  This information will help to guide our learning about shapes so we can continue to grow as first grade mathematicians.

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Kai works on his geometry pre-assessment.
Kai works on his geometry pre-assessment.
Harlow works on her geometry pre-assessment.
Harlow works on her geometry pre-assessment.
Trip works on his geometry pre-assessment.
Trip works on his geometry pre-assessment.
Amora makes a shape to use in her geometry pre-assessment.
Amora makes a shape to use in her geometry pre-assessment.

Mystery Skype #2: We had our second Skype session this week and it was an excellent learning experience.  Mystery Skypes have been a great opportunity for our kiddos and create a lot of excitement in our room. They have allowed us to collaborate together (by creating jobs for our sessions), develop geography skills (with maps to find out where the other classes are located), work on new technology (used Padlet to generate efficient questions to ask), and more!  Believe it or not, we learned that the class we talked to this week was ALSO in Kansas – just like last week!  Stay tuned to hear from your first grader about more Mystery Skypes in the future!

We began with this task to prepare for our Mystery Skype #2.
We began with this task to prepare for Mystery Skype #2.
We created a Padlet to collaborate with one another to decide on questions to ask.
We created a Padlet to collaborate with one another to decide on questions to ask.
We reassessed our jobs from last week, created a new one and chose which job we wanted to have for this week.
We reassessed our jobs from last week, created a new one (Question Counter) and chose which job we wanted to have for the session.
I tweeted about us choosing jobs for our Mystery Skype.
I tweeted about us choosing jobs for our Mystery Skype.
This is the view BEFORE our Skype session - first graders in position, working on their jobs.
This is the view BEFORE our Skype session – first graders in position, working on their jobs.
A view during our Skype session!
A view during our Skype session!
Mrs. Sisul joined us for part of our Skype session and even tweeted about us!
Mrs. Sisul joined us for part of our Skype session and even tweeted about us!

Exploring Keynote: We had a special visitor last week, Dr. Strecker, Kirkwood’s humble technology guru.  He visited to talk technology learning with our first graders and was AMAZED the smart cookies in our classroom!  Dr. Strecker taught us how to use Keynote to create presentations.  Next, we took off and gave it a go because first graders are NOT scared of technology!  It was so much fun exploring a new app on our iPads and learning another way to show our thinking.

Kirkwood technology guru, Dr. Strecker, visited our classroom to introduce us to Keynote.
Kirkwood technology guru, Dr. Strecker, visited our classroom to introduce us to Keynote.
Amelia's Keynote about things that start with the letter z.
Amelia’s Keynote about things that start with the letter z.
Trip finished his Keynote about things that start with "t."
Trip finished his Keynote about things that start with the letter t.

Kids Teaching Kids: We did some more learning from one another this week during our Kids Teach Kids presentations.  You can even see a video of our class while we were practicing Dai’jon’s teaching: gymnastics.  Click here to see some first grade gymnasts in action!  We also learned about making a bridge and how to pull teeth without getting germs.  It was a super-fun week of learning and will continue into the coming weeks!  We LOVE Kids Teach Kids!

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Kid Photography: Similar to last week, we have another special feature of first grade photography this week from our Skype session.  So . . . sit back and enjoy photography from a first grade perspective.  Great work from our first grade photography team!

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A Smile for You!  You’ve heard a lot about Skype in this blog post, yet I am going to leave you with one more photo.  (I hope you don’t mind!) This photo fills my heart FULLY because it shows the power of Skype and how it can lead to conversations that strengthen a community of learners.  These kiddos were talking about where our first two Mystery Skypes took place.  Awesome conversation!  Thanks for reading our blog this week.  Have an amazing weekend!

The power of a MAP!
The power of a MAP!

 

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One thought on “Happy Second Quarter of First Grade!

  1. Your students were awesome : ) Great questions and ideas about how to use Keynote right off the bat; a prime example of technology supporting student learning and building skills to demonstrate that learning!

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