Week of 8/31
It was a full week of exploration in the classroom!
Each day at Morning Meeting, we greet each other, share, have a song or activity, and read the Morning Message. These routines strengthen our community. We learn how to greet each other in a friendly way. When we share about our lives, we learn about the individuals in our community, and learn how to ask thoughtful questions to gain more information. Through building a repertoire of songs and activities, we continue to build our sense of belonging and ownership over the classroom. The Morning Message contains announcements about the day ahead, and some of our first Language Arts lessons.
We are beginning our math study by conducting surveys. While learning about our class, we are also learning about how to organize large numbers in ways that make sense, about accurate counting, and about how to represent data.
-Hopes and Dreams:
Students have worked hard to identify and illustrate an individual Hope and Dream for the year. Students spent a number of days thinking of a hope, revising their ideas, and finally creating a final draft for our wall.
-How to be a Good Friend and Student:
We have been thinking hard about how to be kind. What does kindness look like? Each time a student takes an action that makes a friend feel good, they place a “jewel” into our class “Sam Can”—a small jar that, when full, allows the Kind Kid of the Day to add a flower to our classroom Elf Tree. The First Graders have really taken to this idea, and have been eagerly trying out different ways of making their classmates feel “bloomed”. We will work on being a “blooming” class all year long.
We also thought about being learners. What parts of our body need to be ready to be a good learner? What is Respectful Listening, and what does it look like?
-Kind Kid of the Day!
CJ was our first Kind Kid (or in his case, Teacher) of the Day! He was interviewed and then the class wrote an “article” with what they remembered about him. This will be written up and will go in our First Grade Kind Kid of the Day book. Millie and Ezra were our next Kind Kids. Ask your child what they remember about CJ, Millie or Ezra!
On Friday, we began our first Project Time unit studying ants. We began by carrying out one job of a scientist: Observation. We went on an ant hunt in the yard and watched some videos of ants in action. Next week we will build on these observations as we learn more about ant behavior.
-Summer Memories Coloring Book:
We are working on a class coloring book that captures one summer memory for each child. This is also our first writing exercise of the year.
And here are a few extra photos of us at play:
-Rule Making: Now that we have identified our Hopes and Dreams, we will decide what rules our classroom needs to ensure that these dreams come true.
-Writing: We will begin working on books about a favorite topic: ourselves!
-Math: We will continue working on surveys.
-Project Time: We will be continuing our study of ants, looking closely at an ant’s body parts and behavior.
Posted September 07, 2015