We came in and started our journals all on our own today! It went really well!
After our journal, we did even more writing by completing our first beginning of the year assessment! This group did a fantastic job today!
We will have a lot of hands on learning, especially in the science areas. This week we will be talking about scientists, science safety, and science notebooks.
We practiced using our IB journals today by adding some entries to it. We drew a fun picture of ourselves as scientists and then we got to practice taking notes by writing observations and drawing sketches in the science lab!
We started using our math books and math journals today. We will get into a routine of doing math journals and then lesson right after lunch. Eventually we will get to experience math learning stations!
Our Day Today!
First Grade and Kindergarten
We have been in first grade for a whole week now! Today we compared first grade to kindergarten with a double bubble map. We worked with a partner to write things that are the same and things that are different.
Pinkerton PRIDE: Engage in Learning
We learned about the last letter of Pinkerton PRIDE today. The letter E stands for Engage in Learning. We worked on a fun class poster project that we will finish up next week to show how we work together and be engaged in our own learning!
We used our pictures that we have worked hard on all week to practice writing today! We wrote two sentences to get a story started.
Our Essential Agreements
Part of being an IB School means that when working with a group of people, you write Essential Agreements. These agreements are like a contract for how the group will work together. As a class, we worked really hard to come up with our classroom agreements.
The five questions we talked about are:
We typed up our agreements all together and will be signing them on Monday!
FUN FRIDAY: FREE TIME!!
Our Day Today!
We are starting to get used to journaling every morning!
Graphing our names!
Today we read the book, Chysanthemum. This little girl has a very long name and it causes her some trouble. We talked about our own names and decided to see how long ours are! We wrote the names on post-its and counted the letters, then we made a bar graph.
Adding to our writing...
We added more to our pictures from yesterday, to help make our stories more detailed. Sometimes authors add to their ideas to make their stories more interesting.
Practicing Read to Self!
Pinkerton PRIDE: Display Respect
We learned about the D in Pinkerton PRIDE today. It stands for Display Respect. We made a T-Chart of what it looks like and what it does not look like to do this.
First Library Day!!
Our Day Today!
We have had another wonderful day! In our journals, we wrote about what we want to learn this year, in first grade. We want to learn all kinds of things!! We wrote about turtles, science, math, Pokemon, Ninja Turtles, and tons more!!
Treat each other nicely...
We read the story, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, and talked about how to treat our friends nicely and with respect. In this story, Molly Lou Melon gets teased by another child, but still stands up for herself. To model how much it can affect someone to get teased, each time it happened to Molly, we would crumple up a sheet of paper. Then, every time she stood up for herself, we uncrumpled the paper. Very the end of the story, the paper was uncrumpled, but still really damaged. This shows that even when we can stand up for ourselves, or if those that hurt us say sorry, we are still a little hurt and damaged.
After the story, we played a fun game called "Find A Friend!" We had to ask our friends about themselves and then sign each other's papers!
How do authors get ideas?
We are starting to get to know the writing process. Today we discussed different ways that authors get their ideas for writing. Sometimes an author will write from a real life experience! We practiced using a real life experience to write by drawing a picture of our experience and labeling it.
Pinkerton PRIDE: Include Others
Today we talked about the I in Pinkerton PRIDE. The I stands for Include Others. We worked together in a group so show what that means.
Our Day Today!
We had a wonderful second day of school today! We started our day with a journal entry about what we did this summer!
Successful First Graders
What does a first grader need to be successful? We talked about everything we need to bring in our backpacks to help us have the best day that we possibly can! We made a circle map of our ideas.
Then we made our own little backpacks and listed things we wanted to have in them!
To go along with our backpack activity, we read a great book called Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books. This is a fun book about a opossum's first day of first grade! We really enjoyed discussing the book as we read together.
Read to Self
We will begin our literacy stations soon! The one we will have every day is Read to Self. This station will show us how to read independently for longer periods of time. We discussed the different duties of Read to Self and then practiced reading for 5 minutes!
We also discussed the rules of the reading center and how to use it properly!
Pinkerton PRIDE: Remain Safe
We learned about letter R of Pinkerton PRIDE today! The R stands for Remain Safe. We read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria to review some safety rules!
After our book, we talked about what remaining safe at school looks like and what it does not look like, then we took a tour of the school to find the important places we should know about!
First Day of School in 1C!
We had a wonderful first day of school today!! I am so happy to have a classroom full of happy faces again! This is going to be a great year! We all came right in the classroom and got settled.
Hello from 1C!!
Making our first journal entry...
We will be writing in our journals every morning. Today we made the first entry for the first day of school by writing what day it is, our names, and what we look like on the first day. It will be really fun to compare these entries to the last one at the end of the year!
First Day Jitters
We listened to this story, First Day Jitters, today! It's a great story about someone that is not ready to go to school on the first day because she is so nervous!! It has a great surprise ending! After listening to the story, we read a poem together called Jitter Juice.
After reading the poem and finding all the rhyming words, we talked about what magic Jitter Juice might be made of. We made a circle map of different ingredients. We listed our favorites to show what our own Jitter Juice would have in it.
Of course we had to have a taste of Jitter Juice ourselves!!
Cafeteria Practice went great!!
Pinkerton PRIDE is the way we act in school here at Pinkerton. We will be covering all the letters in PRIDE through out the week!
E-Engage in Learning
Today we talked about how to practice responsibility at school and what that looks like and what that does not look like. We will use our PRIDE at Pinkerton to guide us into writing our own classroom rules.
You Are A 1C Super Star!!
Welcome to 1C!!
Next week, we will all be making our way through the doors of Pinkerton Elementary! I look forward to meeting everyone at Meet the Teacher Night, on August 18, 2016 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. You all should have received an email from me this afternoon, announcing that you are in my class! In this email I asked that you please check out my website and either leave me a comment on the About Me Page or leave a comment on this blog post! I would also LOVE to have everyone follow me on Twitter here: @pinkebishop. If these two tasks are complete by the time I greet you at Meet the Teacher, you will receive a special prize for each task that you do!
Here is a little bit of what to expect on this webpage throughout the school year:
I will be updating this blog at least twice a week, if not more. On this website there will be access to announcements, updates on what is going on in the classroom, educational websites for the learners to use at school or at home, and much more!
Some of us will be returning to Pinkerton and others will be coming into this school for the first time. This is a very special place and this year is going to be so exciting and full of discovery! You will be entering into an extraordinary school that is on the brink of amazing things. We are officially an IB World School!! I am so happy that I get to be a part of this journey with you.
Please do not hesitate to contact me either through direct email, this website, or by phone in the classroom! My conference hours are 11:15am-12:00pm. I cannot wait to start the school year off with all of you!!
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