#FDOFG: First Grade Menagerie

As I look over the pictures I’ve taken the last 8 days, as well as think about what we’ve been doing during our first days, I’ve found some things that don’t really fit into their own blog post, but are all connected because they’re all about the friends in Rm. 202. ¬†Hope you’ll stay to check out the first grade menagerie I have to share. ūüôā

First Grade Victory Dances!

If you’ve been here since¬†the beginning of our first grade journey, you’ll remembering reading the welcome post I put up for my new friends. ¬†Well, I got two fabulous videos from two very brave first graders that I keep forgetting to share. ¬†So forget now I no more!

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Who’s That Smiley 1st Grader?

I had a picture posted on our welcome screen for a couple of days, with a question of who they thought the smiling face might be.  Strangely (at least I thought!), not many figured out that it was me.  None of them thought it looked like me.  Well, I guess when you add 30 years and change the hair it messes people up. LOL

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My favorite part of this picture? It was the year I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up! ¬†My first grade teacher Mrs. LeGrand was pretty much the most amazing lady I had ever met and I wanted to become her some day. ¬†I am not sure I did that–but I think (hope) I have become my own version of a great teacher! ūüôā

Day 2 Plusses/Deltas Reflection

We don’t have the opportunity to sit down to “officially” reflect (although we almost always talk about how things went), but this was a fun one to talk about. ¬†After we worked super hard on our 2nd day together, we sat down to practice more with¬†“plusses and deltas” and we were SO EXCITED to see the things we were able to write down. ¬†We also talked about how easily we could work the next day to solve the struggles we had on Day 2. To be able to see brand new first graders doing such fabulous things so early in the year together was so commendable. ¬†Way to go, Rm. 202 friends!

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Grit and Growth Mindset  AT RECESS!!

The other day at recess, Cal came running to me to show me something he can do now that he couldn’t do before. ¬†He told me he’s been working for a really long time and now he can do it! ¬†Way to keep trying, friend!

Ok…there are other things I could add, but really–what could follow that awesome video? ¬†ūüôā

#FDOFG–Guided Discovery: Pattern Blocks

The last time I was in first grade, I followed suggestions I found in The First Six Weeks of School, and many of the first days started with guided discoveries of materials in the classroom.  I shared the discovery we did with Play-Doh the other day, and this one was very similar, but with pattern blocks and Power Polygons.

We started by talking about what they might be for, as well as why the pattern blocks, Power Polygons and other items on the shelf ¬†(dice, counters, clocks, square tiles) had in common. ¬†We figured out they were all about math, and that later in the year we would be using them as we learned more about geometry, but for our first “visit” kiddos were supposed to make something, and then write what they made on a card so we would all know what it was. ¬†As with all open-ended activities like this, I was amazed at how each kiddo attacked the assignment–how they started, what they made, how they figured out what to call it, how many different pictures they were able to make (based on the complexity of their design¬†or the speed at which they worked). ¬†If we had already gotten our iPads, we could have practiced taking our own pictures, then uploading them into something and writing about them (or using the recorder and telling about them), but instead we just talked. ¬†And smiled because we were so proud of our creations. ¬†It was easy to tell that kiddos were learning and having fun at the same time!

Check out our creations below!

Students: What did you create with your blocks?  How did you decide what you would make?  What would you do if you were given the assignment again?  What was easy and what was hard?

Parents: What did your kiddo tell you about this experience?  What questions do you have?

Teachers: What explorations/discoveries do you have with pattern blocks?  Other manipulatives? What suggestions do you have?

Please leave us a comment! ¬†We love to be connected! ūüôā