Welcome to November!

unknownIt’s November!  We hope you had a great Halloween and are enjoying the early days of November.  Um . . . wasn’t it JUST August – and the FIRST days of school?!?!  It feels that way!  Anyway, we did A LOT of traveling this week, as your first grader might have told you about!  We went to New York and Washington states via Skype and both learned and experienced some AWESOME stuff!  We also continued working on both reading and writing nonfiction.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!  (P.S. YES . . . the turkey on the right IS reading!  Everyone and everyTHING can enjoy reading!)

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Celebrating Halloween
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Writing Teaching Books
  • Geometry
  • Kids Teaching Kids
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Kid Photography 
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour class read final book for the Global Read Aloud this week called Yard Sale.  Tell me what you noticed in this book.  What lesson or message do you think the author, Eve Bunting, was trying to teach the readers of the book?
  • Your class read a book about family pets and practiced strategies that good readers of nonfiction books use.  Give me an example of how you would think about what happens BEFORE and AFTER a a nonfiction photo in a book.
  • unknown-1Tell me about the book you read this week about a student wanting to be president of the United States.  What did you learn about voting as your class read and discussed this book together?
  • You saw at incredible decorated pumpkins in the Robinson Library that looked like characters in books.  Who were some of the characters you saw and which was your favorite?  If you were to decorate a pumpkin like a book character, who would you make and why?

Celebrating Halloween: Our class – and Robinson – had a great time celebrating Halloween!  We spent time with our fourth grade learning buddies, did some Halloween-themed math, walked in the Robinson Halloween Parade, and watched a movie while eating popcorn!  Check out a few peeks from our Halloween.

Check out the costumes worn by Myles and Abby!
Check out the costumes worn by Myles and Abby!
Check out these ADORABLE first graders!
Check out these ADORABLE first graders!
We walked in a school parade to Aberdeen Heights - such fun!
We walked in a school parade to Aberdeen Heights – such fun!

Virtual Field Trips: As you know from reading our recent blog posts, we have discovered Skype in our classroom!  This week, we had the chance to experience Skype in a new way and it was AMAZING!  We took two, virtual field trips via Skype.  We had the opportunity to Skype with a scientist from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex in New York and with a park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.  There is way too much to even begin writing about because both field trips were completely packed with information and learning!  We even got to see the first space shuttle that was built – the Enterprise!  Ask your first grader about these amazing trips!

We waited patiently as we called the Intrepid Museum in New York for our virtual field trip!
We waited patiently as we called the Intrepid Museum in New York for our virtual field trip!
Scientist, Mr. Lucien, taught us about all of the AMAZING things at the Intrepid Museum - airplanes, a space shuttle and an aircraft carrier!
Scientist, Mr. Lucien, taught us about all of the AMAZING things at the Intrepid Museum – airplanes, a space shuttle and an aircraft carrier!
We saw this during our Skype session to New York!
We saw this during our Skype session to New York!
We visited Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. This is the Park Ranger who taught us about the park!
We visited Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. This is the Park Ranger who taught us about the park!
We learned about a mountain lion during our Skype session and got to see a SKULL as we learned!
We learned about a mountain lion during our Skype session and got to see a real SKULL as we learned!

Writing Teaching Books: After we took our field trips, we HAD to write about them – particularly because we have been focusing on nonfiction writing anyway!  We first talked about what we could teach someone about our experience and then got to work on writing.  Check out some of the writing below and ask your first grader what he or she wrote about.  These books are part of the many writing pieces in our Author’s Folder which might be chosen to develop into a published book over the next few weeks.

We did some writing about our virtual field trips. This was our brainstorming chart.
We did some writing about our virtual field trips. This was our brainstorming chart.

Geometry: We continued to explore shapes this week through some read alouds about shapes, created and discussed shapes with geoboards on our iPads and made shapes with our bodies!  We had a great time talking about shapes and will continue this learning into next week.

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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 continue to have a great time learning together!

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Kid Photography: Check out some more photos from our first grade photographers.  The below photos are from one of our virtual field trips this week.

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A Smile for You!  Similar to last week – that was A LOT.  Thanks for reading and looking at all of our photos.  Enjoy this last photo of one of our first readers sharing a book with us and showing off what a great reader he has become!   As mentioned before, we LOVE having kids teach one another!  Have a great weekend!

Myles read us an Elephant and Piggy book, which we LOVED!
Myles read us an Elephant and Piggy book, which we LOVED!

 

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