This past week in reader’s workshop, we looked at words that were important to our topic. We practiced with a non-fiction book about the Sun & Plants. We found the words solar panels, chlorophyll, and photosynthesis to be important words. These words helped us learn and teach others about what we read about. We shared our topic’s important words with the class too!
We remembered how important it is to understand what we are reading and with some of these new topics and tricky vocabulary words, we needed to use some of the tools that nonfiction books provide for us to figure out what the new words mean. We checked out the glossary for definitions, but also looked at the pictures, checked to see if there were any captions on the page, and reread the words in that section to look for clues.
During our writing time this week, we reviewed all the parts of a great Non-Fiction book and took on the challenge of writing a whole book in two days using one of our expert topics from reading workshop. The books were incredible and our first graders sure did work hard!!!
We also spent time this week talking about facts and opinions. If we are writing a teaching page about the lunchroom in we want to include facts like:
“The lunchroom has a place to get drinks.”
“There are tables for every class to sit at in the lunchroom.”
“Sometimes, Mrs. Reagan will come and visit in the lunchroom.”
We are trying to be careful not to add opinions that tell how we feel because someone else might not feel the same way:
“I love to sit by my friends.”
“My favorite lunch is chicken nuggets.”
Next week, we will try adding comparisons and exclamations to our books!!!
During our math time this week we studied some familiar shapes: rectangles, squares, triangles and circles. We learned that every shape has special attributes that are always true!!
We also learned that shapes can be divided into equal parts. When a shape is broken into two equal parts we call these halves. When a shape is broken into four equal parts we call these fourths. It’s important to understand halves and fourths especially when we are trying to share something (like a pizza, cookie or granola bar) equally.