Boy, did I miss my first graders this week!!! With curriculum meetings and sick kids at home, we had a lot of substitute teachers. Room 106 did a fantastic job of helping, listening, and celebrating while I was away. I am excited to be back at school this week!!! We will be starting some new routines and switching our math time to the morning and our reading time to the afternoon. This will allow for a longer Readers’ Workshop for our growing readers!!! I will post our updated daily schedule to the blog later this week. Be sure to check it out!
I hope your family had a chance to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures this weekend!!! This January thaw has felt amazing, but our playground will likely be soggy, especially tomorrow. Make sure to continue sending in those snow pants & boots.
January 23 – Library Day
January 25 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30
January 25 – Happy Birthday Olivia!!!
January 26 – Vision/Hearing Re-screen
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If your child is eager to get to work on his/her valentines, I will be sending an e-mail later this week with our class list. :)
We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see how nonfiction books work differently than fiction stories. We noticed features that could help us to understand what we were reading better.
The kids have learned so much from our nonfiction books already and they just LOVE sharing what they learned with the class.
We are just getting started with a new writing unit: How To! We noticed this week that How To writing teaches us how to do something.
We then practiced writing a How To as a whole class. We wrote How To wash your hands. As a class we thought of all the materials you would need and the steps in order. Before we wrote our steps, we drew a teaching picture for each step and then wrote our steps out.
We want to make sure that what we are writing about is something we know how to do before we start. We need your help! This weekend, please brainstorm with your First Grader about some topics that they know how to do. Some ideas included might include…
-How to build a snowman
-How to jump rope
-How to play with your dog
-How to take care of your pet
-How to play tic, tac, toe
-How to brush your teeth
We will create a class list of ideas on Monday! I can’t wait to hear all the good ideas!
This week, we introduced our first graders to a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″. For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13. Since the total, 13, is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3. Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate.
We will spend much of our math time next week working with this new strategy as it is still very new and fragile.