96, 97, 98, 99 . . . 100!

animated-school-image-0009As we round out the month of January, we also recognized our 100th day of first grade today.  This week, we finished our student-led conferences (which were AMAZING), worked on our persuasive writing pieces, began a math investigation, read some more incredible books, and continued to roller skate in P.E. 🙂  As you can tell, we sure do A LOT during each day in first grade.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week!  Please read on to learn more about our most recent days together. 

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • 100 Days of First Grade
  • Reading and Art
  • Math Investigation
  • Writing to Convince Others
  • Daily Tweets
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknown-2Your class read some books about kindness this week.  One is called Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed and another is Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler.   Tell me what you found interesting in each of these books and what you think your class should consider in order to do kind things for others.  What would you like others to do for you?
  • unknown-1Tell me what you felt before, during and after your conference.  Did you enjoy leading your conference with your family?  What was the most challenging part?  What part was the most fun for you?  Would you suggest for first graders to lead their conferences in the future?  Why or why not?

100 Days of First Grade: What a great day we had reading today on our 100th day of first grade.  Each first grader in our room was invited to bring 5 books from home so we could have 100 books to choose from and read throughout our day. Check out some of the photos below of us figuring out how to show our 100th day on our school chart while also choosing from oodles of books to read.  And . . . we sure read A LOT!   We kept track of our reading by using a Padlet, which you can view by clicking here.

We figured out how to SHOW that it was our 100th day by discussing our day of school chart and figuring out how to understand it together since we added a part for the hundreds column.
We figured out how to SHOW that it was our 100th day by discussing our day of school chart and figuring out how to understand it together since we added a part for the hundreds column.
First, we stacked our books in groups of 10 in order to count them and find out how many we had altogether.
First, we stacked our books in groups of 10 in order to count them and find out how many we had altogether. (Sorry the photo is a little blurry!)
After first graders sifted through our books, our table looked very WELL read and used!
After first graders sifted through our books, our table looked very WELL read and used!
Look at these first grader readers working hard to read their books!
Look at these first grader readers working hard to read their books!
Davion read a book about sharks and dolphins.
Davion read a book about sharks and dolphins.

unknownReading and Art: We read another AMAZING book this week by Don Tate, our visiting author coming NEXT Tuesday.  We are so excited for his visit!  We read a book called It Jes’ Happened, which is a story about artist, Bill Traylor.  At the beginning of the book, Traylor had some happy memories, despite challenging situations, and decided to “store up the memories deep inside himself.”  Later in his life, he became homeless and began to do artwork on scraps of the memories he had stored inside of himself.  The book had such an impact on us that we decided to do what Bill Traylor did.  We acquired scraps from our first grade recycling center, brainstormed happy memories in our lives we never wanted to forget, and began to paint.  It was a great activity and one that will hopefully be cherished for many days to come.

Check out some of the amazing artwork we created to we could store up memories deep inside ourselves, just like Bill Traylor.
Check out some of the amazing artwork we created to we could store up memories deep inside ourselves, just like Bill Traylor.
Ava worked to create her happy memory with paint after reading about Bill Traylor.
Ava worked to create her happy memory with paint after reading about Bill Traylor.
Piper worked to create her happy memory with paint after reading about Bill Traylor.
Piper worked to create her happy memory after reading about Bill Traylor.
Abby worked to create her happy memory with paint after reading about Bill Traylor.
Abby worked to create her happy memory with paint after reading about Bill Traylor.
Look at what Jack created for his happy memories - an airplane to remember a special trip and roller skates to remember skiing in P.E.
Look at what Jack created for his happy memories – an airplane to remember a special trip and roller skates to remember skiing in P.E.
Myles created his cat and a heart - two happy memories for him.
Myles created his cat and a heart – two happy memories for him.

Math Investigation:  We began the week by reading a book about an art show and what it might be like to measure posters in order to make signs for artwork.  Instead of measuring posters for an art show, we decided to measure posters for the hallway in order to post our read aloud books.  We worked to begin discovering HOW to measure efficiently and which strategies help mathematicians most as they measure.  As we continue this unit next week, we will measure while also spiraling back to strategies for adding efficiently and finding patterns in numbers.  Look below to see what some of our mathematicians did as they worked this week.

During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
During our first day of measuring posters for our display of books, we used multicolored cubes and counted by ones.
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
On our second day of work, we decided that each partnership would try using two colors of cubes, which led to some VERY efficient counting!
We worked to record our measurements and made changes when necessary.
We worked to record our measurements and made changes when necessary.

Writing to Convince Others: As you know, we have been working on persuasive pieces during our writing time.  We continued to write this week and began editing near the end of the week.  Next week, we should be ready to publish our pieces and share them with one another.  Check out some of our authors below!

Hard working authors as they tried to convince others that their thinking was best as they wrote persuasive pieces.
Hard working authors as they tried to convince others that their thinking was best as they wrote persuasive pieces.
One of our hard-working authors as he wrote his persuasive piece.
One of our hard-working authors as he wrote his persuasive piece.
Harlow used her editing coloring sheet to check and fix her writing.
Harlow used her editing coloring sheet to check and fix her writing. (Sorry for ANOTHER blurry picture!)
Autymn worked to edit her piece with her editing coloring sheet.
Autymn worked to edit her piece with her editing coloring sheet.
Amora worked to edit her persuasive piece with her editing coloring sheet.
Amora worked to edit her persuasive piece with her editing coloring sheet.

Daily Tweets:  We began a new routine this week – tweeting each day about something we learned or enjoyed.  (Well, we did forget today (Thursday), but we hope to remember to add it tomorrow!)  We thought that it would be fun to share our daily learning and discoveries with others and it would be great to look back on to remember our days in first grade.  Check out our first tweets below about what we learned.  And, if you’d like to follow us, our classroom Twitter handle is @im4thinking – we’d love to have more followers!

These are the first three Tweets we posted for our daily learning Tweets.
These are the first three Tweets we posted for our daily learning Tweets.

A Smile for You!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  To leave you with one last smile, check out the first grader below who worked incredibly hard to make AMAZING letters during his handwriting practice.  Check out the photo below and SMILE!  Have a great weekend with your family!

Myles worked SO HARD on his handwriting this week - he is amazing!
Myles worked SO HARD on his handwriting this week – he is amazing!
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