The Important Thing About First Grade

          

  At the end of each year, I read a book called The Important Book.  We discuss many things in life that are important throughout the year.  However, during the last weeks of school, we listen to this story again and then brainstorm all of the characteristics of first grade that the kids think are important.  I suggest that they think about their first weeks in our classroom and how they felt about being a new first grader.  Now that they are the "experts" at being first graders, I ask them to contribute their ideas as we create a list of our ideas to share with the rising kindergarteners.  My children take this assignment very seriously as they ponder the best advice for the new crop of first grade students in Room 35.  Reading their responses each year is rewarding.

                                            

            THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT FIRST GRADE, 2005-2006

The important thing about first grade is being responsible.  Responsible is being kind and trustworthy.  Also following directions.  But the most important thing about first grade is being responsible.  

By:  Garrett

The important thing about first grade is to do your best work.  Do your best work means to be responsible, a good listener and to do your best.  But the most important thing about first grade is to do your best.  

By:  Daniel E.

The important thing about first grade is having fun.  Fun means that you must be happy.  It also means to be responsible.  But the most important thing about first grade is to have fun.  

By:  Lily

The important things about first grade are being responsible, caring, kind, and respectful.  Being responsible means not leaving materials out.  Being caring means that you have feelings for someone.  Being kind means that you're nice.  Respect is the golden word.  You need the golden rule for first grade:  Treat people the way you want to be treated.  But the most important thing about first grade is learning.  

By:  Sierra

The important thing about first grade is thinking.  Thinking helps you get your work done.  But the most important thing about first grade is thinking.  

By:  Eric.

The important thing about first grade is learning.  Learning helps you by being responsible.  It teaches people to be very intelligent and smart.  But the most important thing about first grade is learning.  By:  Victoria
The important thing about first grade is to learn because you need to be responsible and respectful.  But the most important thing about first grade is to learn.  

By:  Daniel R.

The important thing about first grade is to be responsible.  If you are not responsible you will not make friends.  If you are breaking stuff that is not yours you will be suspended and then you will have to pay for that.  So the most important thing about first grade is to be responsible.  

By:  Ingrid

The important thing about first grade is to listen.  It is good to listen to your teacher.  You really have to listen to do good work.  But the most important thing about first grade is to listen.  

By:  Jordan

The important thing about first grade is to have fun.  Having fun does not mean being crazy.  It means to have fun in a different way.  The projects that you can do are fun.  Being crazy in school is not good but having fun is fine.  But the important thing about first grade is having fun learning.  

By: Madeline

The important thing about first grade is learning.  Learning means being responsible.  Being responsible means hard work.  But the most important thing about first grade is to learn.

By:  Schuyler

The important thing about first grade is learning.  Learning means that you must be responsible.  First graders need to learn, listen to your teacher and always follow directions.  You must be responsible t your principal, the lunch lady, the teacher, your mom, your dad, and the P.E. teacher.  But the most important thing about first grade is to learn.

By:  Angel Daniel R.

The important thing about first grade are that you make friends and follow all directions.  If you make friends, you will get things that you have to do with a partner finished.  If you follow all directions you will know what to do.  But the most important thing about first grade is to make friends and follow all directions.

By:  Caroline

The important thing about first grade is to be responsible.  Responsible means to listen to the person or teacher that is talking.  Also do your work and don't walk past someone that has lost their purse or something else.  But the most important thing about first grade is to be responsible.

By:  Neil

The important thing about first grade is being responsible.  Being responsible means that you have to be good.  But the most important thing about first grade is being responsible.

By:  Jake

The important thing about first grade is to listen to directions.  You need to listen to directions to know what to do.  You also have to be responsible and respect other people.  But the most important thing about first grade is to listen to directions.

By:  Silvestre

The important thing about first grade are the teachers.  The teachers help us learn stuff that we do not know.  Learning new things and thinking helps you in math.  You can do the Pledge which is a promise to do the right thing.  Miss Froehlich teaches us songs that helps us learn.  But the important thing about first grade is the pledge. The important thing about first grade is learning.  The teachers help us.  Learning is really good and you learn new things.  Learning is the best and most important thing about first grade.