Space, Veterans Day and MORE! (TAKE 2)

turkey-hiding-placeUm . . . wasn’t the title of this post the SAME as the title of last week’s post?!?!  YES!  That’s because we continued much of our work from last week, which has been quite amazing, really.  There are SO MANY photos below that you will love learning more about what your first grader has been doing this past week.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week – enjoy reading our post! 

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Veterans Day
  • Math – Geometry
  • Math – Fractions
  • Space – Teaching about the Sun, Moon and Earth
  • Space – Noticing Earth’s Motion
  • Artwork with Figy
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • img_6653Your class went inside of a planetarium at Robinson this week!  Tell me about the planetarium and what you discovered during your time.  (Families – you can click on the chart at the right to make it bigger and learn what some of our scientists discovered.)
  • screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-7-37-35-pmTell me about the project your class is beginning to work on in order to teach kindergarten students about space.  What does your brainstorming sheet look like?  Which materials do you need to use from our first grade recycling center?

Veteran’s Day: First off, you HAVE to click here and watch this short video of the entire first grade singing during Veterans Day.  They are adorable!  Robinson did an incredible job honoring veterans last week during our assembly.  There were many veterans in attendance and each grade level performed for the audience.  It was a very special day!

Davion and Myles were ready to perform!
Davion and Myles were ready to perform!
All of the students and veterans were engaged in the celebration.
All of the students and veterans were engaged in the celebration.
First graders were getting ready to sing!
First graders were getting ready to sing!
ADORABLE first graders singing to honor our veterans.
ADORABLE first graders singing to honor our veterans.
A smiling Edie at the end of our celebration.
A smiling Edie at the end of our celebration.

Math – Geometry: We are rounding out our current unit of geometry and have begun exploring fractions.  Of course, we will still discuss geometry throughout the year as we spiral through our curriculum.  Most recently, each first grader worked on creating a Keynote presentation to show what they know about shapes.  They needed to MAKE the shape on a geoboard app, FIND the shape in our classroom and DESCRIBE the shape with words.    Check out a few examples from our brilliant mathematicians below.

Check out page 1 of Harlow's Keynote about shapes.
Check out the first page of Harlow’s Keynote about shapes.
Duncan did some smart thinking about shapes too!
Duncan did some smart thinking about shapes too!
Here is another page of Harlow's math thinking about shapes - such a bright mathematician!
Here is another page of Harlow’s math thinking about shapes – such a bright mathematician!

Math – Fractions:  We begun exploring fractions this week with the concept of time.  Time connects quite nicely with fractions because we can talk about terms such as: half past (an hour) and quarter past (an hour).  After doing some practice with fractions as they connect to time and drawing some shapes, we made and played a fraction game together. The goal of the game is to find equal fractions and pair them up with one another.  We will continue our fraction next week.

Here is the rubric we use during our study of fractions.
Here is the rubric we use during our study of fractions.
Connor worked to make his fraction shape game during our math time.
Connor worked to make his fraction shape game during our math time.
Autymn and Trip worked on their fraction game.
Autymn and Trip worked on their fraction game.
Allyson began playing her fraction game.
Allyson worked to prepare the cards for her fraction game.
Amelia thought hard as she found pairs of equal fractions during her fraction game.
Amelia thought hard as she found pairs of equal fractions during her fraction game.

Space – Teaching about the Sun, Moon and Earth: We have done so much related to space that it was time to do some teaching of our own to show off what we know.  Each first grader had the opportunity to choose how to share his or her knowledge.  The options are below and include technology, writing or artwork.  The kids did an AMAZING job with this activity and have learned SO MUCH!  Feel free to click here or here to see two of our videos.  Some of the other incredible science teaching is shown below.

First grade scientists chose how to teach about what they know about the Sun, Moon and Earth.
First grade scientists chose how to teach about what they know about the Sun, Moon and Earth.
Amelia chose to do artwork to teach us about what she knows about space.
Amelia chose to do artwork to teach us about what she knows about space.
Ava chose to write and use artwork to teach about space.
Ava chose to write and use artwork to teach about space.
Amora made a video to teach about the motion of the earth and moon.
Amora made a video to teach about the motion of the earth and moon.
Harlow and Zach taught about space using Padlet.
Harlow and Zach taught about space using Padlet.

Space – Noticing Earth’s Motion: Another activity we did this week to learn about the motion of the earth was to go outside and trace our shadows during different times of the day.  We were sure surprised to see that our shadows had moved so much in the afternoon since we had first traced them in the morning!  What a great opportunity the kids had to notice first-hand what happens when the earth rotates!  We had so much fun!

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Artwork with Figy: We have had the privilege to have visitors from Rwanda in the past who taught Robinson students artwork and music.  This week, we had a visitor from Uganda – an artist named Figy – in our very own classroom!  He  taught us how to make butterflies with watercolors, which was so much fun!  The kids LOVED having Figy visit our classroom.  Check out some of our artwork below.

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A Smile for You!  Thanks for making it through ANOTHER long post!  We just keep doing so many fun things that I want to keep sharing it with you!  I sure hope that is ok. 🙂  We have a simple – yet adorable – photo this week of some smiling girls in our class.  All of the kids in our room make the days wonderful as we learn and work together.  That isn’t to say that we don’t have bumps along the way because we definitely do!  However, that is also a part of learning together, which we continue to do.  Thanks again for reading our post and have a great weekend!

Check out these smiling first graders!
Check out these smiling first graders!

 

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2 thoughts on “Space, Veterans Day and MORE! (TAKE 2)

  1. Wow- you guys are off and running since you first showed me what you could do in Keynote and your iPad’s Camera! I love your shape collections and seeing how you learned about the earth and moon moving around the sun.

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