Back into a Routine

groundhog-with-shadowanimated-gifWe have officially gotten back into a routine after two weeks of conferences and report cards.  It feels REALLY nice. 🙂  We had some particular fun this week by having author Don Tate visit our school, celebrating Global School Play Day and Groundhog Day (hence the photo of the groundhog on the right), while also embarking on learning how to create an iMovie book trailer about a favorite story and continuing to work on counting in groups of 5 or 10.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Read on to learn more about our week together.

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Counting in Groups
  • Publishing Our Writing
  • Global School Play Day (Afternoon)
  • Retelling Stories with iMovie
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknownYour class read Frog and Toad Are Friends over a few days.  Tell me about some of the activities you did to remember and retell the stories.  Which story is your favorite and why?  Would you be interested in reading any other Frog and Toad stories?  Why or why not?
  • Tell me about the visit from author, Don Tate, this week.  Did you enjoy his visit?  What did he teach you as an author and illustrator?  What do you want to try now as a writer, reader and illustrator after his visit?

Counting in Groups: We continued our mathematical context this week by measuring papers so we could figure out which paper would be best to hang the pictures of our read aloud books.  We began using tens strips in order to facilitate counting in groups of tens, rather than ones, and measured each paper again.  After much work, we decided to use the green paper to hold our books and then had a dilemma to figure out how many books would fit on each green paper.  It seems like when we solved one problem, another appeared!  These mathematicians worked diligently though and have continued to work on adding and subtracting as they measure in equal groups.

We worked to measure our paper and attempted to figure out how many groups of tens and ones were inside of each measurement by using our tens strips.
We worked to measure our paper and attempted to figure out how many groups of tens and ones were inside of each measurement by using our tens strips.  You can see we had some very different measurements on some of the papers we used.
Each mathematician made a tens strip to use in order to facilitate measuring in groups rather than by ones.
Each mathematician made a tens strip to use in order to facilitate measuring in groups rather than by ones.
Check out these mathematicians as they used their tens strips to measure the yellow paper.
Check out these mathematicians as they used their tens strips to measure the yellow paper.
This mathematician tried to figure out how many boxes were on this paper we had worked to measure with our tens strips.
This mathematician tried to figure out how many boxes were on this paper we had worked to measure with our tens strips.
This mathematician taught us how he counted the squares by using groups, not by counting on with ones.
This mathematician taught us how he counted the squares by using groups, not by counting on with ones.

Publishing our Writing: We are in the midst of publishing our opinion pieces and have learned SO MUCH about trying to convince others to believe what we believe.  We have learned that we must share many reasons – that are convincing – in order to persuade others.  Ask your first grader what he or she wrote about and whether the writing was convincing for others.

Author, Jack, worked to turn his "sloppy copy" of writing into a "fancy copy" as he published his book.
Author, Jack, worked to turn his “sloppy copy” of writing into a “fancy copy” as he published his book.
Myles worked to turn his "sloppy copy" of writing into a "fancy copy" as he published his writing piece.
Myles worked to turn his “sloppy copy” of writing into a “fancy copy” as he published his writing piece.
Charlie worked to turn his "sloppy copy" of writing into a "fancy copy" as he published his writing piece.
Charlie worked to turn his “sloppy copy” of writing into a “fancy copy” as he published his writing piece.

Global School Play Day (Afternoon):  As you know, we had an afternoon designated solely to play this week.  February 1 was labeled as Global School Play Day and we decided to jump in and give it a try.  You can visit this link to learn more about how the day began and the regional behind spending time for kids to play at school.  Enjoy a few pictures below of our sweet first graders playing with one another.

Check out our table of TOYS we selected from for our Global Day of Play.
Check out our table of TOYS we selected from for our Global Day of Play.
Look at these first graders as they played during our Global Play Day.
Look at these first graders as they played during our Global Play Day.
Check out some more first graders while they played during our Global Play Day.
Check out some more first graders while they played during our Global Play Day.
Here are some friends playing Candy Land during our Global Play Day.
Here are some friends playing Candy Land during our Global Play Day.
Here are some friends playing dominoes during our Global Play Day.
Here are some friends playing dominoes during our Global Play Day.

Retelling Stories with iMovie: After finishing the book Frog and Toad Are Friends this week, we decided that we wanted to share our learning in a new way – at least new to us!  Each first grader has the task of choosing a favorite Frog and Toad story and creating an iMovie book trailer.  Each book trailer will both show and tell the events of the story, which really allows us to work on our skills of retelling stories.  Ask your first grader which story he or she chose to retell and create a trailer.  Stay tuned as we get our book trailers completed over the next few school days.

This reader worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
This reader worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
This reader worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
This reader worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
This reader worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
This reader worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
These readers worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.
These readers worked to complete a story board in order to prepare to create an iMovie trailer about a favorite story.

A Smile for You!  As we began our Thursday together, we started with a conversation about Groundhog Day.  There were MANY different beliefs and theories about what Groundhog Day is and what it is not – some were rather interesting! 🙂  We had a talk about what we wanted to do in order to learn more about the day and it was decided that we needed to learn about groundhogs (what they really are) and take a walk to look for groundhogs.  So . . . we did exactly those things!  It was a great afternoon and we sure did look for groundhogs outside!  Check out some of the “groundhog-searching” photos below, as I am certain they will make you smile.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Have a fantastic weekend!

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One thought on “Back into a Routine

  1. Last week, I got to help support 11 and 12th graders at KHS using iMovie to make videos for CSPAN that shared what they thought our new president should focus on.
    I am SO impressed by your storyboarding and iMovie project- I can only imagine the movies you will be making in 10 years!!!

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