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Room 123 celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Day by learning more about the life of this civil rights leader. Students also learned what life was like when Dr. King was alive by listening to excerpts from “If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King.” Special thanks to Jaki and his family for sharing this book!
Listening to and singing along with music from the civil rights era also helped bring the times to life for first grade learners. This was especially true of songs from Pete Seeger’s 1963 “Live at Carnegie Hall” album—-Seeger’s comments to the audience created a sense of immediacy for students.
After reading, students summarized their learning. Then we discussed the fact that prejudice still exists, that people may treat others unfairly because of the color of their skin, the religion they believe in, or other characteristics. Students were challenged to consider how they would respond if they encountered someone who was treating others unfairly. Here is their thinking:
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Writers in Room 123 have been working with a real purpose in mind—-writing how-tos to teach kindergarten students how to do important things! When completed, these how-tos will be shared with JK and SK classes at Richards, as well as with the world through our blog. Here’s look at the process:
Last week, students shared one of their science experiments. But scientists in Room 123 don’t just do an experiment. They also take the time to reflect and record their thinking in science journals.
In their journals, they draw and write about what they did and what they learned from what they did. Many times, they also record questions they still have. Perfect spelling and precise handwriting are not expected in these journals, but thoughtful responses are!
This week, first grade scientists performed an experiment to learn more about the use and placement of counterweights when balancing objects. Here’s what they did and what they learned:
Scientists in Room 123 began a new unit of study in science: Balance and Motion! This week, students explored balance. First, they used their schema to define “balance.” Then, they used their understanding to balance crayfish.
Crayfish?? Let us show you what we mean:
Watch for more of our science learning over the next few weeks!
It began with the first snow of the season.
As students watched the snow falling from our classroom windows, I read aloud Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” several times. Students listened, imagined, and created special winter gifts to share with their families.
As I read the poem for the third time, some students began reciting along with me. Over the next few weeks, we continued practicing until the class could recite the entire poem with expression from memory. Excited by their accomplishment, students decided they wanted to share their recitation on our blog. So students created our first podcast. Special thanks to Ms. Kreul for her podcasting coaching and the loan of her microphone!
Our Writer’s Workshop board was ready and waiting, so writers in Room 123 published their best personal narratives this week!
Writers polished their personal narratives by adding details about who, what, when, where, and why. Then, they illustrated covers for their work. On Tuesday, we held our first “popcorn and publishing” party. Special thanks to Mrs. Yeager for suggesting this combination!
Students took turns reading from their writing.
While they listened to others reading, students enjoyed some popcorn.
Then writers published their work by hanging it on our board!
Room 123 learned more about family traditions this week!
Harry shared his family’s tradition of picking chestnuts. Every fall, his family goes to Doctor’s Park and gathers chestnuts. To enjoy the beauty of these nuts, they often display them in bowls. Sometimes, they make decorations from them.
Every year, Thomas and his family read special books together throughout their holiday season. They may also enjoy cookies while they read.
Ben G. and his family make gingerbread houses every year. Ben and his sister each decorate a side of the house.
Thank you for sharing, Harry, Thomas, Ben G. and families!
It began with a casual comment during calendar: “I think it’s going to snow today!” After discussion about the forecast, students estimated how high different amounts of snow would be. They were fairly accurate showing how high an inch or two of snow would be.
Then, someone asked how high 100 inches would be. The class was eager to pursue this question, so we did.
We worked together to determine that 100 inches is equal to about 8 rulers. Then, using their rulers and tape, students worked in small groups to find out how high 100 inches of snow is. After a morning of hard work and perseverance, students were successful!
Later, I asked students to reflect on what went well in their small groups and what was challenging. Their work and their thoughts can be seen below!