¡Feliz Diciembre!

 imagesHello there!  I feel like I haven’t updated you on what has happened in our room in such a long time!  Eek!  In an effort to keep this somewhat brief, I’ll cut right to the chase – our classroom is a WONDERFUL place to spend our days.  The kids keep impressing me with the kind things they can say and do for one another!  That is just one reason why it is so lovely to be in our room together! 🙂  We have continued to think and work hard together and have had much fun along the way!  Check out our post below to see what your first grader has been doing lately.  And . . . thanks for visiting!

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Skyping in Antarctica
  • Skyping with Author Lori Degman
  • Math: Shapes + Fractions = FUN
  • Special Feature (is back!) – Kid Photography
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • img_6775Your class did something to learn math this week on your iPads called Kahoot!  Tell me what you did on Kahoot! and how it helps you as a learner.  Did you enjoy this activity?  Why or why not?
  • Tell me about the Thankful Wall at Robinson.  What does it img_6704mean to be thankful for something and what are some things you are thankful for and why?  What else are you thankful for these days?

Skyping in Antarctica: This was an amazingly cool experience for the first graders in our classroom, as well as our neighboring first graders (Mrs. Bearden’s class) and of course, the teachers!  Our class did much learning about penguins and Antarctica and then (finally!) had the chance to meet scientist, Jean Pennycook.  Ask your first grader what he or she learned about penguins and Antarctica!  And . . . I guarantee that all of our first graders can tell you exactly where Antarctica is on a map now! 🙂

We met scientist, Jean Pennycook, on Skype.
We met scientist, Jean Pennycook, on Skype.
Jean showed us the breed penguins she is studying, Adelie
Jean showed us the breed penguins she is studying, Adelie
We even FLAPPED our arms like the penguins did - it was SO FUN!
We even FLAPPED our arms like the penguins did – it was SO FUN!

Skyping with Author Lori Degman: We had the PRIVILEGE to Skype with our FIRST author this week, Lori Degman.  Ms. Degman has written three children’s books so far, and we just love them!  As we talked a few weeks ago about our upcoming Skype with Ms. Degman, the first graders decided that it would be fun to make puppets of characters from her books.  So . . . during our Skype, we showed them to Ms. Degman and she loved them!  She even said we were the first class to EVER make puppets of her characters in the books. It was such fun learning how authors think and how she got started so we can continue to strengthen our skills as writers.

Ms. Degman read her book to us called Cock-a-Doodle -Oops!
Ms. Degman read her book to us called Cock-a-Doodle -Oops!

Math: Shapes + Fractions = FUN: As you know, we’ve been doing a lot of work with shapes and fractions.  This week, we decided to combine the thinking by doing a coloring sheet to show off our skills!  We used a coloring sheet created by another first grader teacher, Mrs. Bearden, and then added a twist to color in fractions of shapes so we could practice our skills.  It was very much fun!

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Special Feature (is back!) – Kid Photography: Our special feature returns to our blog this week as we had two photographers, Charlie and Myles, capture some photos of our Mystery Skype with my brother, Jeff, who lives on a sailboat in Maryland.  Check out some of our photos below!

Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers.
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers.
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers.
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers. (Our Map Markers were figuring out which states they needed to cross off as we asked questions.)
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers.
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers. (Jack was a question counter and recording the number of questions we asked to guess my brother’s state.)
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers.
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers. (Cal and Duncan were tweeting while we Skyped.)
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers.
Photos taken courtesy of our first grade photographers. (We charted the number of questions we asked after our Skype session.

A Smile for You!  Thanks for sticking with us through our blog this week.  I hope you got a small glimpse into the fun days we are having as we work and learn together.  Let me leave you with one last photo to make you smile!  We created some items as we wound down our space unit and there is one below that is sure to make you smile.  Check out two of our amazing scientists, smile and . . . have a great weekend!

Scientists Myles and Trip created a Mars rover. Awesome work, boys!
Scientists Myles and Trip created a Mars rover. Awesome work, boys!
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