During our reading time this week, we worked on being the BOSS of our reading! If we’re being the boss of our books, when we get to a tricky word we know we have to STOP and try something to fix it.
If that doesn’t work we can try another strategy!
Finally, when we think we figured out the word, we do a triple check to make sure the word: makes sense, sounds right, and looks right!
At the end of the week we set a goal to be more mindful about using our strategies to do a triple check of our words.
We continued with our nonfiction chapter books this week in Writing. We learned how good writers can add details to their books by adding comparisons and examples. For comparisons, we tried comparing things that might be a little hard to understand to things that are easy to understand. For example…
Sharks teeth are as sharp as a knife!
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A first grade classroom is like your school home.
We also practiced giving examples to help the reader understand what we are trying to convey. By giving examples, we are helping our reader learn all the information they can about our topics. For example…
Hudsonville has lots of restaurants like Subway, Jets, and Sprinkles.
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Monkeys eats lots of fruit. They eat bananas and oranges.
After we made sure to go back and add lots of details to our writing, we thought it would be important to add introductions and conclusions to our writing. We want to introduce our topic to our reader instead of just jumping in with facts on our first page. We can do this by starting off our chapters books with the sentence starter… In this book, you will learn all about….
While it is important for us to add an introduction to our writing, it is also important to wrap up our book with a conclusion. We don’t want to just end our books with a fact and the book ends, we want to end it with a sentence that lets our reader know that its the end of our book. We are adding the sentence…And now you know all about… Enjoy!
First graders are being very creative with adding their own thoughts to their introductions and conclusions!
During our math time this week, we continued to solve missing partner and missing total stories. We also stretched our thinking by using the Make a Ten strategy to solve equations and math stories with three addends or partners. After we looked for two partners that could make a ten, we found that adding the third partner to ten was a snap!
We are starting to work on counting and writing numbers up to 120. To help your first grader practice this skill, have him/her start at any 2 digit number and then count out loud to 120. This could be a great activity to do together in the car. As an extra challenge, you can even have your child write the numerals up to 120!