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

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 talked about how writers use pictures to tell a story. Even when we aren’t sure if we can draw it the right way, we close our eyes and think of what we want to draw. We read the book Ish in which the character draws pictures that look “isn-like” for example, he drew a vase that looked “vase-ish.” We can draw pictures that look “ish-like” too! We decided that we are not going to worry about our pictures but we are just going to draw our pictures as best as we can!

First graders have been working so hard on their writing. We are already writing in 3 page packets! Way to go First Graders!!!

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