Sunday, September 23, 2018

Size of the Problem

First graders took a little field trip down the hall to visit the Student Support Center (aka the SSC) to see what this room looks like and to learn what it is used for - many different things!  While they were there Mrs. Touchette also taught them about the concept of matching one's reactions to the Size of the Problem.  She discussed with them some different problems that people might have (from dropping your pencil or writing the wrong letter, to falling and getting seriously hurt) and talked about what size reaction would be expected for each of them while referencing a chart. 
Thank you, Mrs. T.!!

Classroom Rules and Expectations

During the past week, first graders thought a lot about what our classroom rules and expectations should be.  We read a couple of books to help us with our thinking, and thought very carefully about what rules would be important to make sure that everyone feels safe and cared for in our room, and that everyone will be able to do their best learning.
This is what we came up with:

We realized that this is quite a long list to remember!  So we thought about our three big RES expectations.  As we went through our very long list we realized that all of our ideas are actually different examples of Respecting Ourselves, Respecting Each Other, and Respecting Our Environment!  Phew!  Now we really only have to remember 3 rules and expectations and we all agreed that these would be easier to remember!  
Finally, we all made a "thumbprint" promise to try our best to follow them.  It's going to be a great year!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Just Right Books

First graders started learning about strategies to help them find books that are "just right" for them.  They already know that the most important thing that they can do to help grow and get stronger and stronger in their reading is to READ!  But today they learned that the other really important piece to this is that the books need to be "just right" for us!

After discussing the "I PICK" chart (which gave us some good pointers!) first graders all got to do some book shopping to choose new books for their book bins!


One or Two Fewer

During our math workshop today we started thinking about subtraction.  We played a game that involved subtracting one or two from another number.  Players had to do both equations and then choose one of the answers to cover on their game board.  Lots of great partner work took place, too!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Look at these Readers!

We are continuing to learn about and practice what "read to self" looks like, feels like and sounds like in the classroom.  What an incredible group of readers we have!! 

What Can You Do With a Problem?

As we continue to learn about our brain, learning, and the importance of having a growth mindset, we read a book called What Can You Do With a Problem? written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom.  We had a great discussion around the idea that problems are actually opportunities to learn and grow, that we should try to face them and find a solution rather than ignore them and run from them.  And asking others for help as we try to solve our problems is okay to do, too!  We can still learn from them and stretch our brain in new ways!

Some Special Guests!

Our class was given a surprise last Thursday - four Monarch Chrysalises!!  A kindergarten class was given so many that they decided to share some with the first-grade classrooms!  We were so excited to receive these special guests and the students had so many great questions about them that we changed our original plans for Thursday afternoon so that we could read about these amazing creatures and do a fun craft. 

Will there be any butterflies in our cage on Monday morning????   Stay tuned...