Table of Contents
- Conversation Starters
- Nonfiction Writing
- Visiting SPACE!
- Visiting NEW YORK!
- Kids Teaching Kids
- A Smile for You
- When you went to the library this week, you brought your iPads to learn how to read e-books. Tell me which e-books you tried reading and if you’d like to give it a try in your classroom during your read to self time.
- Your class read a book this week called: Queen of the Diamond. Tell me why Lizzie Murphy had this nickname. What did you learn about her and what else would you like to know?
- Tell me what happens during your classroom morning meeting each day. When you led the meeting, which choices did you make for greeting one another and for an activity for the class? Why did you make these choices? Did you enjoy leading the morning meeting? Why or why not?
- You sorted names in your class this week by the number of syllables in each name. Which number of syllables had the most names? Which had the least number of names? Why do you think this might be?
Nonfiction Writing: This week, our authors have been working furiously to complete their nonfiction writing pieces for the quarter. Our writers have been working in two classrooms – either with myself or Mrs. Bearden – yet everyone is writing amazing nonfiction pieces with the goal to teach others about real people or real things. Many kiddos are writing about objects in the sky, while others have chosen to write about other interesting topics. It is so much fun to watch these writers blossom and take ownership in their writing this quarter. Ask your first grader what writing skills he or she has been working on in writing this week.
Visiting SPACE!: What?!? It’s true – kind of. 🙂 We went to space in our very own Robinson Library this week during a visit from Ms. Seymour, our Kirkwood Science Facilitator. Ms. Seymour brought the Kirkwood planetarium to Robinson and we went inside to learn about patterns in the sky. Inside the planetarium there is a projector which shows the sky at the current time – or any time you choose. The planetarium experience allowed us to see many patterns with the Sun and Moon, as well as patterns with the stars. Ask your first grader about his or her visit to space this week and what was learned about patterns in the sky.
Visiting NEW YORK!: Again – what?!? We also visited New York this week via Skype. I bet you had no idea how much traveling your first grader has been doing! We had the opportunity to Skype with a scientist from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex in New York to learn about aircraft carriers, space shuttles, and airplanes. It was so much fun visiting the museum and learning about objects we might not otherwise get the chance to experience. I wonder what kind of field trip might be on deck next? 🙂
Kids Teaching Kids: We are coming down the homestretch for our Kids Teach Kids presentations. Ask your first grader what he or she learned during our presentations and what was new for them. And – ask him or her if we did another round of Kids Teach Kids – what would they want to teach us? 🙂
A Smile for You: This semester is almost over, which is UNBELIEVABLE to me! It has been so much fun learning together and we have really enjoyed our time these past few weeks. Thanks for sharing your first grader with us everyday. As for a photo to make you smile more this week, I am repeating one of our Kids Teach Kids photos from above! 🙂 I particularly enjoyed this photo because the kids were so engaged to learn from Anthony about how to do ninja skills – so we tried a few kicks together and gave it a go! Check out the photo (again), SMILE, and have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for visiting our blog this week!