## At the Plant Fair

Room 123 welcomed the other first grade classes and Dr. Kasmarick to our Plant Fair!

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Room 123 welcomed the other first grade classes and Dr. Kasmarick to our Plant Fair!

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Two books have made it to the championship round of our Tournament of Books! Mathematicians in Room 123 analyzed the book statistics to make predictions about the final winner.

First, they found the total number of votes each of the contenders had garnered through the earlier rounds.

Next, they debated which book is most likely to win the championship. They used that data as well as other evidence to support their thinking.

Finally, they weighed the evidence and shared their thinking.

We’ll find out soon which book is the champion–watch for updates!

Thank you all so much for…

…the grand green

…the goofy green

…this generous gift

…and the notes that I will cherish!

Even though readers in Room 123 have learned a lot about plants during Language Studies, they discovered there is always more to learn!

Students worked in small groups to read different articles about plants. As they read, they noticed new information. After reading, they summarized the important information. At first, I’d planned for the small groups to share what they had learned with their classmates.

Then students asked if we could invite the other first grade classes and Dr. Kasmarick to teach them as well. So we decided to hold a Plant Fair, similar to the Richards Science Fair we visited earlier this year.

Take a look at students preparing for the Plant Fair and watch for photos via Seesaw later this week!

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With the second round of voting in the Tournament of Books completed, mathematicians in Room 123 went to work! They counted ballots and found the winners. Then they used a variety of math strategies to find the difference in the number of votes between the winning books and the also-rans.

This type of math problem–a comparison problem–can be challenging for young mathematicians. Grounding the problem in a real-life context supports their thinking as well as increasing their engagement.

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How do poets help their readers visualize? This is the challenge writers in Room 123 faced as they began crafting cinquain poems based on their insect research. Over the course of a week, they brainstormed describing words and vivid verbs to use in their poetry. Take a look at process and watch for a special Popcorn & Publishing coming soon!

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Mathematicians in Room 123 used what they know about tens and ones to place number cards on a grid. Then they had to explain why they placed the card where they did. When every student had a turn, I posed a question.

Of course, simply counting the empty squares would be too easy. Instead, students worked in problem-solving teams to solve this question. They realized that they had to add the cards I had placed and the cards they had placed. Then, they had to determine how many blank squares were left.

The teams used different strategies and math tools to solve the problem.

Then, they gathered to discuss their solutions!

May Madness has hit Richards first grade, with a literary twist: first grade classes nominated titles for a Tournament of Books! Each week, students will vote for their favorite books in each match-up until the Book of the Year is chosen. Students will count votes, determine the winning margins, and keep running vote totals for the winning titles.

To persuade others to vote for their titles, students in wrote book reviews. In Room 123, students worked in small groups to plan and write their reviews. Finally, they added leads and conclusions to their work. You can see their reviews below.

Watch for updates as the voting begins!

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Inspired by Douglas Florian, writers in Room 123 will be creating their own book of insect poetry!

Each student will write a poem and fact about an insect, as well as creating an illustration to match. To do so, however, they first had to become experts about the insects they chose to write about. Students used Pebblego to research their insects. Take a look at this first step in the writing process!

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Scientists in Room 123 have been using their senses to closely observe the growth of their plants. Then they record their observations using both nonfiction text features and writing. Take a look at what they noticed!

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