S Things: Skype, Science, Shapes . . . and MORE!

unknown-1We had such a great week and have SO MUCH to share with you about our learning and discovery this week.  We have begun exploring nonfiction in both reading and writing, learned about cardinal directions, created and discussed geometric shapes, and learned OODLES of information from our Kids Teach Kids presentations.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!  As always, read on to learn – and SEE – more about our week in first grade!

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Mystery Skype #3, #4 & #5
  • Science: Patterns in the Sky
  • Geometry
  • Reading Workshop
  • 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 Twenty Yawns.  What did you notice during the story and what did Lucy need to do to fall asleep?  Why do you think she chose to solve her problem like she did?
  • Tell me why your class has been putting spare change in a bottle this week?  Why might it be helpful to bring in change to help others?
  • Tell me about the conversations you have had in class about nonfiction and what is it and is not.  What has your class begun talking about regarding your classroom library and how you might organize it by fiction and nonfiction books?
  • unknownYour class read a book written by Lola Schaefer this week called Frankie Stein.  Why has your class begun reading books by this author?  Will you possibly have an opportunity to meet her via a Skype session in December?
  • During your nonfiction conversations, you began writing a book about something you know a lot about.  What is the topic of your book?  What made you choose this topic and what was included in your book?

Mystery Skype #4, #4 & #5: This week, we continued to enjoy the learning that has taken place in our room recently by utilizing Skype to learn about our world and connect with those outside of Kirkwood.  It has been really fun and we are beginning to get the hang of what it looks like to ask questions to discover information about others.  There are SO MANY learning opportunities through Skype.  Just to name a few: engaging in discussions, problem solving, speaking clearly and with details, writing, graphing, geography, and counting.  Ask your first grader about our Skype sessions this week and who we talked with in Colorado, Kentucky and Washington D.C.

Look at these engaged first graders during a Skype session!
Look at these engaged first graders during a Skype session!
Here are some of our new friends from Kentucky!
Here are some of our new friends from Kentucky!
We did a Mystery NUMBER Skype and had to guess what number the other class was thinking of by asking yes or no questions. This is an iPad that was recording data as we narrowed down the number.
We did a Mystery NUMBER Skype and had to guess what number the other class was thinking of by asking yes or no questions. This is an iPad that was recording data as we narrowed down the number.
Checking out our classroom map during a Skype session to determine what question to ask next.
Checking out our classroom map during a Skype session to determine what question to ask next.
We incorporated "tweeting" into our Skype sessions so we can SHARE our excitement with others!
We incorporated “tweeting” into our Skype sessions so we can SHARE our excitement with others!
Addie and Trip were question counters during one of our Skype sessions.
Addie and Trip were question counters during one of our Skype sessions.
A picture of us mid-Skype, trying to figure out where the class lives.
A picture of us mid-Skype, trying to figure out where the class lives.
We made a graph to use so we can begin charting the number of Skype questions we ask during our sessions.
We made a graph to use so we can begin charting the number of Skype questions we ask during our sessions.

Science: Patterns in the Sky: We had one of our Kirkwood scientists, Mr. Bartin, visit us recently and it was a great learning adventure!  Mr. Bartin began talking with us about patterns, which led into a conversation about patterns in directionality.  We explored compasses and found out where each of the cardinal directions is in our classroom and around our school.  Next, we made maps of our classroom.  This experience will lead us into our exploration of patterns in the sky and allow us to discover new things as scientists.

This is our rubric descriptor to guide our learning about patterns in the sky.
This is our rubric descriptor to guide our learning about patterns in the sky.
Mr. Bartin, a science expert in KSD, visited our classroom to discuss patterns in the sky with our first grade scientists.
Mr. Bartin, a science expert in KSD, visited our classroom to discuss patterns in the sky with our first grade scientists.

Geometry: This week, we continued our conversations around geometry during our math time.  We discussed what we noticed about shapes and how some shapes can make other shapes.  We also had a chance to play with straws and make a variety of shapes.  Over the next few weeks, we will continue talking about geometry and noticing what is similar and different among shapes.

This is an example of one of our math activities that greets our first grade mathematicians in the morning. This one focused around geometry.
This is an example of one of our math activities that greets our first grade mathematicians in the morning. This one focused around geometry.
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!
Making shapes out of straws!

Reading Workshop: We do A LOT to become better readers in our classroom – EVERYDAY.  For example: we read books as a class, read books independently, discuss strategies to solve tricky words, talk about HOW to read books and what to look for, notice sight words, and much more!  As you can tell, we do a variety of things during our Reading Workshop.  Earlier this week, I started wondering if you knew what your first grader REALLY did during Reading Workshop.  I decided that if you didn’t know, maybe you’d want to know.  So . . . check out the example of a flipchart we used below and ask your first grader to tell you how he or she decides which activities to select and how it helps him or her become a stronger first grade reader.

This is an example of a flipchart that shows the choices kids make during our Reading Workshop.
This is an example of a flipchart that shows the choices kids make during our Reading Workshop.

Kids Teaching Kids: We continued to chug through our Kids Teach Kids and are learning SO MUCH from one another.  Thanks for supporting this learning – we are having a great time learning together!

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Kid Photography: Similar to the last two weeks, we have another special feature of first grade photography this week from our Skype sessions.  So . . . sit back and enjoy a few photos from a first grade perspective.

A Smile for You!  Whoa . . . that was A LOT of information!  Thanks for sticking with us and making it through our blog post.  Look below for one, last smile that is sure to make you happy inside and out!  Thanks for reading our blog post this week.  Have a great weekend!

We LOVE seeing HAPPY first graders who are proud to show off their creations!
We LOVE seeing HAPPY first graders who are proud to show off their creations!

 

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