As 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!
- Your 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?
- Tell 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.
Reading 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!