# Learning Update!!!

This past week in reading workshop, we spent time growing our independent reading stamina.  The kids worked hard to…

Be URGENT! (quickly find a spot and get right to work!)

Stay in one spot!

Work quietly! Shhhhhh!

Warm up to your books and point to the words when you read!

Read the WHOLE TIME…build your stamina!

# Writing

We have been continuing our work on Small Moment stories this week.

We learned that good writers include the 3 W‘s in their writing:

By including the 3 W’s on our first page, it helps the reader know what is going on in the story.

We also worked on sketching a quick plan of the beginning, middle, and end of our story before we even write the word, so that we can remember what we wanted each part of our story to include.

# Math

During our math time this week we continued to break apart larger numbers into smaller partners. We used whiteboards and markers, counters, stair steppers, and activities from our math workbook to visualize the partners, switch partners, and doubles partners for the numbers 8, 9, and 10. Challenging your first grader to write and show each set of partners in a variety of ways has helped to increase number sense and flexibility with these numbers.

We also continued to use our knowledge of partners and patterns to practice addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction (-0, -1, -2) facts. This week in particular, we practiced adding and subtracting doubles partners (1+1, 2-1, 2+2, 4-2, 3+3, 6-3, etc.), and discovered that a number minus itself equals 0 (8-8 = 0).

# Writing Update

Our first grade writers began studying a new genre of writing this week: NONFICTION.  The kids were over the moon excited to start this new learning!!!

To begin, we brainstormed a list of topics that we know a lot about.  We used four categories to help organize our areas of expertise: people, places, activities, and things.  Under each category we listed as many topics as we could.

After our topic lists were full of great ideas for nonfiction books, we got started with our writing.  We learned to think about our audience and include facts in our books that our audience would want to know.

We also learned how to plan for our books by “trying on” our topics.  To make sure our topic was a “good fit”, we used our fingers to list five different facts before starting our pictures and words.  If we were unable to come up with five facts, we moved on to a different topic.

In the next couple of weeks, be sure to explore any nonfictions texts that you have at home with your child.  Review the different nonfiction text features (headings, table of contents, captions, charts, maps, glossary, etc.), so your child feels confident about adding these interesting elements to his or her books!!!

# Writing Update

As writers this week, we have not only been writing but also teaching!

We began our new nonfiction writing unit and started looking at some examples of how to writing, including: how to sharpen a pencil, how to make a pizza and how to draw a stick person. We began to make a list of some characteristics of good How To writing. Our list has just begun, but it includes…

### – Warning/Conclusion

We know that How To writing teaches us how to do something, so our first graders have been discovering what they are experts at doing!  We want to make sure that what we are writing about is something we know how to do before we start.  So, we brainstormed a class list of great topics for How To writing. Some ideas included…

### -How to brush your teeth

Once we had our great topic and planned it out across our fingers, we were ready to write!  We know that good How To writing has a title, steps, and pictures. We made sure to include that in all of our pieces, and continued to work on our 5 star sentence goals!!

# Writing Update

This week, we focused on what we know that good writers do.  We listed all the things that they have learned about good writers so far this year:

• THINK, SKETCH, WRITE, DRAW
• add details to the words and pictures
• stretch out words