FOUR Days Left?!?

unknownSeriously?!? I cannot believe that there are only four days of school until Winter Break. It seems like just yesterday that we had Open House and the first days of school.  Eek!  Although I will miss these precious first graders over break, I know we all need a well-deserved rest from all of the HARD work and thinking we have done during this first semester.  However, I will look SO forward to when we return to school so we can continue our learning and fun!  During the past week, we continued learning about dinosaurs and even had the chance to talk with a dinosaur researcher!  Thank you for visiting our blog this week – enjoy reading!

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Making SLIME!
  • Writing Teaching Books
  • Learning about Dinosaurs
  • Discovering the Invention Process
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour class recently read a book about a boy who could use only one of his legs.   This book was based on a true story.  Tell me about Emmanuel’s dream in the book and how you can use grit, like Emmanuel, to make your dreams come true.
  • You had a chance to count 50 objects and record yourself counting to prove you can do it.  Tell me what you counted, what it sounded like when you counted by 1’s and if you took the challenge of counting by 2’s, 5’s or 10’s.

Making SLIME: Our class had the opportunity to make SLIME last week and had such a great time doing it!  Some parents came to Robinson and met with small groups of first graders and took on the endeavor of teaching them how to make slime.  It was such a fun and adventure and we even had the opportunity to play with the slime in the afternoon – after making our slime rules, of course! 🙂  Click here to see some slime in action and then . . . check out a few photos below!

After making the slime, we created a "how to" piece on what we learned.
After making the slime, we created a “how to” piece on what we learned.
Next, we made some rules for playing with the slime in our room - that then we PLAYED!
Next, we made some rules for playing with the slime in our room – that then we PLAYED!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!
It is so much fun playing with slime!

Writing Teaching Books: We have continued our research and investigation with dinosaurs and begin writing our own teaching books this week.  Each first grader has the task of writing a teaching book about dinosaurs in order to teach others about what we have learned.  We began with writing a table of contents – in order to plan our books – and then took off with the writing!  We are still chugging along, but the pieces are developing quite nicely!  Look at some of our authors/paleontologists below!

Look at this hard working author/paleontologist!
Look at this hard working author/paleontologist!
Look at this hard working author/paleontologist!
Look at this hard working author/paleontologist!
Look at this hard working author/paleontologist!
Look at this hard working author/paleontologist!

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Learning MORE About Dinosaurs: After our recent interest in dinosaurs, we knew we HAD to talk with a dinosaur expert.  After some searching, I found an author who has had a significant interest in dinosaurs and has done some research of his own on the theories behind dinosaur extinction.  In preparation for our conversation, we brainstormed questions and then did A LOT of listening and learning while Kevin Kurtz talked to us.

Before we had a Skype session with a dinosaur researcher, we created and discussed questions we had for him.
Before we had a Skype session with a dinosaur researcher, we created and discussed questions we had for him.
We learned from one dinosaur researcher about what he believes regarding dinosaur extinction.
We learned from one dinosaur researcher about what he believes regarding dinosaur extinction.
The dinosaur researcher showed us an image of what the asteroid might have looked like when it crashed into the earth.
The dinosaur researcher showed us an image of what the asteroid might have looked like when it crashed into the earth.

Discovering the Invention Process: We had an exciting opportunity this past week to visit the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey via Skype.  We thought this could be a WONDERFUL opportunity to learn about the inventing process.  The hope was that we could use some of the learning with our dinosaur research, as well as for future “making” that will take place inside and outside of our room.  Please ask your first grader about the invention process used by Edison and some of the incredible “stock” that was waiting to be used for inventions.  You can also click here to watch and listen to us as we heard the phonograph for the first time!

We were welcomed with this question one morning to begin brainstorming about inventions.
We were welcomed with this question one morning to begin brainstorming about inventions.
Check out this park ranger sharing some of Thomas Edison's "stock" to use for his inventions!
Check out this park ranger sharing some of Thomas Edison’s “stock” to use for his inventions!
We got to see and HEAR a phonograph!
We got to see and HEAR a phonograph!  Click here to listen!
We found a quote on the wall at Robinson by Thomas Edison! So . . . we HAD to take a picture of it!
We found a quote on the wall at Robinson by Thomas Edison! So . . . we HAD to take a picture of it!

A Smile for You!  Thanks for reading this week’s post.  (I still cannot believe that we only have four days left of school until Winter Break.)  Check out the photo below as one of our excited paleontologists shared a creation she made with a dinosaur researcher during our Skype session.  It will definitely make you smile!  Thanks for sharing your first grader with us everyday at Robinson.  Have a great weekend!

Paleontologist Amelia proudly shared a dinosaur creation she made at home with dinosaur researcher, Kevin Kurtz.
Paleontologist Amelia proudly shared a dinosaur creation she made at home with dinosaur researcher, Kevin Kurtz.

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