We spent some time this week reviewing our read to self routines in our new reading spots. The kids fell right back into the swing of our workshop.
We began a new unit of study focused on nonfiction books. The kids are so excited to dig into this section of our classroom library. This past week, we read a nonfiction book all about owls. We practiced taking a sneak peek, figuring out tricky words, learning the meaning of new words, and noticing details in the pictures. It has been fun to see the kids getting excited to share their learning with the class.
As a first grade staff, we are always striving to meet the needs of each and every student. In order to do this, we studied the data from our students’ math performance so far this year, and used this information to group together students with similar areas of expertise and areas of need. For this unit, many of our students will be taking part in a “math switch” in which they may be traveling to a different classroom, so that they are able to work in the group and with the teacher that will help them reach their full potential as a math learner. Each group of math learners will be working on the same math concepts each day, but the pace and practice may look a little different.
We began new math learning this past week!! Our Unit 4 in math will focus on tens and teen numbers, place value to 100, and strategies for adding larger numbers. So far, we’ve practiced counting groups of tens.
We studied the teen numbers (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) and noticed that every teen number has a 10 hiding inside along with some extra ones. We also represented teen numbers using a ten stick and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.