Space, Preparing for Veterans Day and MORE!

silly-smiling-sun-shining-hardWe did SO MUCH over the past week – even with one day off of school!  We explored patterns in the sky during our science time, had Skype sessions with a classes from Missouri and New Jersey, kept writing nonfiction pieces, and practiced more nonfiction reading strategies.  See what I mean about doing a lot of learning and hard work?  (You might be wondering about the picture of the smiling sun – that’s to honor our science exploration of the sun this past week!)

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Science – Thinking About Patterns in the Sky
  • Preparing for Veterans Day
  • MORE Learning via Skype 
  • Writing Nonfiction
  • Kids Teaching Kids 
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour class read a book about a penguin named Pierre this week.  Tell me the story of Pierre.  How could you prove to me that this is a fiction or nonfiction book?
  • During math, you have been working on a Keynote presentation about your knowledge of shapes.  Tell me about your presentation and what you have written so far.
  • unknownYou heard an Elephant and Piggy book in Spanish this week.  Tell me how you knew what was happening in this book and what kind of thinking you needed to do during the read aloud.  Which Spanish words did you learn that you can teach me?

Science – Thinking About Patterns in the Sky: Our class did a lot of reading and talking about patterns in the sky this week.  We had conversations about whether the moon produces light, how the earth rotates and orbits, the tilt of the earth, whether the Sun moves, the importance of the Sun and MORE.  One day, we had so many wonderings in our heads we chose to record our thinking so we can come back to it and learn more.  Check out some of the thinking from our first grade scientists.

After reading several books this week about space and objects in the sky, we had many wonderings. We decided to post our thinking.
After reading several books this week about space and objects in the sky, we had many wonderings. We decided to post our thinking.

Preparing for Veterans Day: As you know, Robinson does an INCREDIBLE job at honoring our Veterans.  This year will be no different.  As first grade, we have done a lot of preparing for our celebration!  The entire first grade made placemats that will be displayed for all of the Veterans to see and we practiced our performance before our big day.  It is going to be a very special celebration for our very deserving loved ones.

Check out the first graders rehearsing for our Veteran's Day Celebration!
Check out the first graders rehearsing for our Veteran’s Day Celebration!
Two first graders practiced their speaking parts that will take place during the celebration.
Two first graders practiced their speaking parts that will take place during the celebration.

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MORE Learning via Skype: Eek!  Sometimes I don’t even know where to begin with the learning that has taken place in our room with Skype!  Please ask your first grader about these opportunities and what he or she is learning from these experiences.  Some things I have noticed that directly connect to our learning goals include: speaking clearly with appropriate pace, volume and expression, engaging in discussions within a group, writing to communicate ideas effectively, using appropriate vocabulary, communicating mathematical thinking, represents data, describes data, understanding concepts and facts related to geography, participates in thoughtful discussions, persevering to solve a problem, and regulating self.  Yep – that is A LOT that is happening during our Skype sessions and why we would spend time to learn in this EXCITING and ENGAGING way.  Stay tuned . . . there are more Skype sessions coming in the near future – which means, more learning for your first grader!

Look at all of the places we have traveled so far via Skype!
Look at all of the places we have traveled so far via Skype!
Here is an example of our Skype jobs before a geography Skype - they have evolved a bit since our first Skype.
Here is an example of our Skype jobs before a geography Skype – they have evolved a bit since our first Skype.
Tweeters, Jack and Harlow, worked to share information via our Twitter handle @im4thinking.
Tweeters, Jack and Harlow, worked to share information via our Twitter handle @im4thinking.
Myles asked a question for the class we Skyped with in order to find out the state in which they live.
Myles asked a question for the class we Skyped with in order to find out the state in which they live.
This is what is looks like during a Skype session - check our our Question Counters in the front row!
This is what is looks like during a Skype session – check our our Question Counters in the front row!
Check out some of the tweets from our Tweeters, Ava and Duncan, at @im4thinking.
Check out some of the tweets from our Tweeters, Ava and Duncan, at @im4thinking.
We have somehow gotten into the tradition of showing most of our Skype classes our Robinson Mindset. Everyone seems to LOVE it - or at least that's what we are told! :)
We have somehow gotten into the tradition of showing most of our Skype classes our Robinson Mindset. Everyone seems to LOVE it – or at least that’s what we are told! 🙂
We reflected on our Skype sessions and brainstormed ideas for future sessions.
We reflected on our Skype sessions and brainstormed ideas for future sessions.
One of the classes we Skyped with even Tweeted about us! :)
One of the classes we Skyped with even Tweeted about us! 🙂
Check out the chart we have been working on to track the efficiency of our questions during our Skype sessions.
Check out the chart we have been working on to track the efficiency of our questions during our Skype sessions.

Writing Nonfiction: As you know, we are both reading and writing about nonfiction this quarter.  That means we have discovered A LOT about what nonfiction is and what it is not.  Each first grader has chosen a nonfiction piece to publish and celebrate over the coming weeks. One day, we focused on noticing illustrations in nonfiction texts and worked on modeling this in our own writing.  Check out some ways our authors did this in the photos below.

This is an example of our jobs during one session of our Writing Workshop.
This is an example of our jobs during one session of our Writing Workshop.
Look at all of these hard working authors during our Writing Workshop!
Look at all of these hard working authors during our Writing Workshop!

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Kids Teaching Kids: We finished our Kids Teach Kids presentations this week and learned SO MUCH from one another.  We are getting ready to embark on a new project, so stay tuned!  Until then, check out some of the great teaching that took place over this past week.

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A Smile for You!  As I looked at the picture below, it actually made me laugh out loud because it’s SO CUTE!  Check it out and you will definitely S-M-I-L-E!  Thank you for visiting our blog post this week and learning what we have been doing in first grade!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Dai'jon and Duncan noticed a similarity this morning - they both have the SAME missing teeth!
Dai’jon and Duncan noticed a similarity this morning – they both have the SAME missing teeth!

 

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