Table of Contents
- Conversation Starters
- Measuring US
- Exploring Plants
- Writing about US
- Retelling Stories
- A Smile for You
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!