ALMOST Headed to the Magic House!

 This week we have jumped into measuring, plant exploration, retelling stories with sticky notes, and writing stories about ourselves!  It has been so much fun!  We have  also started to get VERY excited for our walking field trip next week to The Magic House!  As always, we have had many conversations about ways to make our learning community better.  Ask your first grader about some of the conversations we have had about work spots during our Reading Workshop and coming to the carpet after a clean-up time.  Thank you for visiting our blog this week.  Enjoy!

 

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Measuring US
  • Exploring Plants
  • Writing about US
  • Retelling Stories
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the seeds you put in a bag to observe in your classroom.  Where are they?  Do you think they are going to grow?  Why or why not?
  • Your class read a book this week called The Bus Ride.  Tell me about this book and what happened to Sara, the main character.  When the mom was called from the police sergeant, your class predicted she might have felt sad, mad and proud.  Tell me why she would have felt so many different feelings.  Did you enjoy this book?  Why or why not?
  • How is your group doing on your Africa research?  Who are you going to teach about Africa?  What more does your group need to do in order to be ready for your teaching?

Measuring US: Since we have been working on our measuring skills, we decided to measure something that is near and dear to our hearts – ourselves!  Actually, one of our first grade mathematicians came up with the great idea so we took it and ran with it!  We began by having each first grader get traced on a BIG piece of paper and then go over it in marker.  Next, we worked on measuring our arms and our height.  Finally, we worked to compare our height to the height of other adults in the building.  We will continue this measuring work next week and keep working on ways to measure accurately with standard and non-standard units.

This is the rubric descriptor we use to guide us during our work with measuring.
After tracing our bodies, it was time to begin measuring how tall we were!
After tracing our bodies, it was time to begin measuring how tall we were!
After tracing our bodies, it was time to begin measuring how tall we were!
After tracing our bodies, it was time to begin measuring how tall we were!
After tracing our bodies, it was time to begin measuring how tall we were – this one was Mrs. Sisul!

 

 

Exploring Plants: This week, we began to dive into our study of plants and did so by exploring some seeds!  We are working on two projects at the moment – which is sometimes a bit tricky to balance!  We are working to finalize our Africa research so we can present it in two weeks while also learning about plants.  So . . . we are doing some of the work separately and combining it when we can!  Either way, continue to look for your first grader to come home each day with some new knowledge about Africa and plants . . . and soon – animals!

This is the rubric descriptor we use to guide our plant (and animal) study this quarter.
Edie discovered a lima bean see to see the different parts!
Amora discovered a lima bean see to see the different parts!
Amelia and Kai discovered the different parts of a lima bean.
Scientist Autymn separated, described and labeled the different parts of a lima bean.

Writing about US: We began a new writing topic this week – US!  Similar to our work about ourselves with measuring, we decided to do some writing about ourselves too!  The authors in our room are SO excited to write teach day and I am excited to see what the published books turn into over the next couple of weeks!  While you have likely seen a snapshot of your first grader’s writing on Seesaw, feel free to ask more questions about the book and what the finished product might be like.

Kai worked on creating a web about himself to plan for his “I Am” book.
Another author made a web to plan for his “I Am” book.
Author Beckett did some writing in an “I Am” book.
Author Cal did some writing for an “I Am” book.

 

Retelling Stories: As we continue to read multiple books as a whole group each day, we continue to work on personal reading strategies in order to become a stronger reader.  Recently, we have focused a lot on sneak peeks (something we have talked about each quarter), thinking about WHERE and WHEN things are happening in a story, making predictions and retelling stories to remember them.  We practiced retelling stories with partners last week and it was SO MUCH fun.  Each partnership explored a new book that they have never read before and did such great literacy work with their partner!  Finally, each group shared out about their book and retold the story to us which definitely piqued the interest of many readers to pick up the book themselves!

This rubric descriptor supports our work with retelling stories in order to become stronger readers.
This reading partnership worked to explore a book together – first by doing a sneak peek and then by reading and marking important parts with sticky notes in order to retell it.
This reading partnership worked to explore a book together – first by doing a sneak peek and then by reading and marking important parts with sticky notes in order to retell it.
This reading partnership worked to explore a book together – first by doing a sneak peek and then by reading and marking important parts with sticky notes in order to retell it.
This reading partnership worked to explore a book together – first by doing a sneak peek and then by reading and marking important parts with sticky notes in order to retell it.
This reading partnership worked to explore a book together – first by doing a sneak peek and then by reading and marking important parts with sticky notes in order to retell it.
This reading partnership worked to explore a book together – first by doing a sneak peek and then by reading and marking important parts with sticky notes in order to retell it.
Reading partners retold their story to us by using sticky notes.
Reading partners retold their story to us by using sticky notes.

A Smile for You: As you know from our post last week, Robinson was privileged to have a visiting artist last week, Courtney Orlando.  The kids are Robinson LOVED their time with him and learned so much as they worked together.  On Friday, we had the honor of having Mr. Orlando visit our classroom and decided to snap a photo with him!  Enjoy the many smiling faces below as you see our photo!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week – have a wonderful weekend with your first grader!

Check us out with our visiting hip hop artist, Courtney Orlando!
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