This week our readers practiced some new strategies to help “triple check” that our words are correct.
We learned that readers are always thinking about the story. Sometimes when we are stuck on a tricky word, thinking about what’s happening in the story will help us figure out a word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right.
We also learned that the words in our book should fit together like a puzzle and should “sound right” when we read them. As we were solving tricky words together, we often asked, “What word fits in this sentence?”
Partner time is our favorite part of readers workshop!!! We LOVE coaching our reading partners and figuring tricky words together each day. Way to go, first graders!!! Keep being the BOSS of your reading!!!
We started a new bend in writing this week. We are continuing on with our Informational Chapter Books but we added in researching our topics. We began the week by starting brand new chapter books. This time, we looked through nonfiction books in our classroom library to learn more about our topics. We focused on using a picture of photograph to add more information and researching our topics with books from the classroom to find more information that we could add to our own books. Check out the chart below to see all the things we know how to add to our books!
During our math time this past week, we spent time studying our 120 number grid. We noticed patterns in the ones place and tens place going across the grid and down the grid. We also used our number grid to find 10 more and 10 less than a number.
While our number grid can be very helpful, it’s not our only tool for adding ten more and ten less. We can also use our ten sticks find the answer when adding and subtracting tens.
We will continue using our strategies next week to add and subtract two digit numbers!