Learning Update!!!

Reading:

This week our readers really got to know one of our favorite characters: Mr. Putter.

We learned that as we read fiction books we need to study the main character.  When we do, we can figure out what he likes, dislikes and how he acts.  In our book, Mr. Putter Drops the Ball, we learned that Mr. Putter really likes to nap and he’s worried he might be too old to play baseball!

We should pay attention to all the other characters too!  Each character is so different.  Understanding all the characters helps us to make better predictions about the story.  In our book, we also met Mrs. Teaberry, who is brave and confident.  She is sure that Mr. Putter is not too old to play ball.

Later in the week, we remembered how important it is to go back and reread.  When we reread, we usually notice something new about our characters that we may have missed during our first read.

Finally, we talked about noticing our character’s feelings and when those feelings change.  If our character’s feelings change, we can “take action” and change the sound of our voice.  Our first graders are becoming such expressive readers!!!

Writing:

This week, we started a new bend in writing and focused in on writing a series of books about the same characters. The students got to choose which characters they wanted to have in their series. Then, we noticed how in our favorite series books (like Mercy Watson), there is usually some information about the characters at the beginning of the book that’s reintroduced in each new book. So, we decided to write our books similarly.

We worked hard to fill our first page with lots of details, including: a lead sentence, a who, a what, a where, and details about our characters.

We will spend the next week filling in the rest of the pages of our books with details about the problem, dialogue between our characters, details about their feelings, and more! Our goal is to have a handful of books written about these same characters by the end of next week.

Math:

This week our mathematicians reviewed for and took our Unit 6 test.  This is one of our most challenging units of the year and our first graders performed very well.

On Wednesday, we begin studying clocks.  Our first graders learned that the two different kinds of clocks that we use in everyday life are called an “analog” clock or a “digital” clock. We discussed that the shorter hand always points to the hours and the longer hand always points the minutes.  We can’t wait to learn more about telling time next week!

Social Studies:

This week and last week, we spent time studying economics.  We begin with a review of needs and wants.  A need is something we can’t live with out, a want is something that makes life more fun.  :)  We talked about different wants- things that we have asked for for our birthdays or things that were on our wish list.

The kids know that we have 5 needs:

food, water, shelter, clothes, air

We talked about the idea of scarcity, how there isn’t always enough of something for everyone to have it (or sometimes we don’t have enough money to buy everything we want). We talked about how when you can’t have everything, then you need to make a choice between the things you want the most.  I gave the kids the example of how I go shopping and see so many things at the store that I want, but I don’t have enough money to buy it all.  So, we have to make choices!

We also talked about the idea of trade and how sometimes if you don’t have money, we can use trade to get the things we want or need. We discussed how trading is a great solution, but how it only works if the other person wants what you have to trade. Be sure to point out if scarcity ever happens at home too!

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