Kindness All Around

imagesAs you know, we have begun to document the acts of kindness we do everyday and are HOPING to make it to 100 before next Tuesday!   Read more below to learn a bit more about our intentional work around kindness.  Most children finished their iMovie retelling of Frog and Toad, which was very exciting!  We also had an opportunity to continue working on our skills with addition and subtraction and begin writing a new persuasive piece to convince others about a favorite restaurant, movie, game or place!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Enjoy reading and seeing what we have been up to in first grade!

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Kindness Project
  • Rigamajig Exploration
  • Retelling Stories with iMovie – Part 2
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknown-2Your class visited the library and Mrs. Meihaus read you a book about need and wants called Those Shoes.  Tell me what the boy in the story wanted, whether he got it or not and the surprising act of kindness he did at the end of the story.  Would you want to do something like the boy in the story?  Why or why not?
  • unknownYour class is reading a month-long books called 28 Days.
    Tell me why this book is going to take an entire month to read and some of the people and events you have learned about so far during your read aloud time.  What has been the most interesting thing you have learned so far as your class has read this book?  Who else do you think you might learn about in this book?  What makes you think you might learn about this person?

Kindness Project: As you know, we are shifting our focus at Robinson away from “traditional” Valentine’s Day activities and events toward a more meaningful focus of kindness.  Of course we talk about the importance of kindness all year – and most days!  We are just highlighting the importance of kindness a little more right now and are very excited to do so in first grade!  We have read several books about kindness, talked about kindness and have begun documenting the MANY acts of kindness we do on a daily basis.  The children in our classroom decided to set a goal of reaching 100 acts of kindness before next Tuesday (February 14) and plan to celebrate by doing a whole-class kindness craft together.  In the meantime, keep encouraging your first grader with his or her kindness and soak in the many kind things that are done for you and others in the coming days, weeks, and HOPEFULLY months and years! 🙂

We started brainstorming a list of kind things we could do so we could reach 100 acts of kindness before next Tuesday!
We started brainstorming a list of kind things we could do so we could reach 100 acts of kindness before next Tuesday!
After each first grader does something kind, either their parent sends a note/email or a peer writes down what they did. Next, the first grader who did the kind deed writes it down and we post it on our chart.
After each first grader does something kind, either their parent sends a note/email or a peer writes down what they did. Next, the first grader who did the kind deed writes it down and we post it on our chart.

Rigamajig Exploration: Robinson received an AMAZING gift last week from our INCREDIBLE PTO – a RIGAMAJIG BUILDING KIT!  You might be wondering about these oddly named pieces and what they have to do with learning.  Well . . . A LOT!  Kids have amazing opportunity to think, learn and create as they work with building tools like Rigamajigs and it is so much fun!  Click here if you’d like to learn more about Rigamajig Building Kits.  Did I mention that we were the FIRST classroom who had the opportunity to use these tools?  I’m not quite sure how we became the lucky ones, but we did and we LOVED it!  I’m excited for other classrooms to explore them too . . . maybe just not yet though because we want to do some more playing and exploring – tomorrow! 🙂

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After building, we brainstormed a list of advice to other Robinson students for when they use the Rigamajigs.
After building, we brainstormed a list of advice to other Robinson students for when they use the Rigamajigs.
Check out our completed list of advice for other students.
Check out our completed list of advice for other students.

Retelling Stories with iMovie – Part 2: As you know, we BEGAN planning how to retell a Frog and Toad story in iMovie last week.  Many of our readers finished their iMovie trailer and they are AWESOME!  You can click on any of the following links to see a 1-minute trailer that retells one of five Frog and Toad stories from Frog and Toad Are Friends.  Click here to see a sample of one of our trailers.  If you’d like to see your child’s trailer, it is published on his or her Seesaw account.

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A Smile for You!  As we opened our boxes (there were 4 and they were SO heavy!) of Rigamajig items, we explored everything and talked about what we MIGHT do with it when we began building.  As you will see in the photo below, one of our brilliant first graders was so creative and immediately began jumping rope with one of the ropes!  Hope the photo makes you smile like it did for me! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Myles thought this rope might be a jumprope - how creative!
Myles thought this rope might be a jumprope – how creative!
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