We started off the past week of nonfiction reading by focusing on how we are learning so much from our nonfiction books. And when we learn something new, sometimes it opens up a new question for us. We gave the example of when we shared about storms on Jupiter being worse than storms on earth, it made us wonder, “What do those storms look like?” We were able to grab a book and show a picture of the hurricane on Jupiter that makes the red spot on the planet. And, when we shared about how sharks take a test bite before they eat their food, it made us wonder, “Does the test bite kill the animal, or will it survive?” There were lots of kids who were throwing out their thoughts to try and answer our questions, but we decided we would have to do some more reading to find out what really happens.
We also talked about how when we are reading nonfiction books, we come across tricky words. Sometimes the words themselves are tricky to decode and sometimes the words can be decoded, but it is a new vocabulary word that we don’t know. If we have a tricky word to decode, we reviewed all our animal friend decoding strategies:
But, we also talked about how nonfiction books are a little different from fiction books when it comes to decoding. To help with tricky words, it is important to focus on what that section is trying to teach and then reread the section, look at the picture, and even check the glossary for clues!
This week, we worked on comparing two digit numbers, solving stories, and counting groups of tens and ones. Our mathematicians worked hard to solve equations using ten sticks and ones to prove their answers.
We reviewed how to add two ones numbers together, two tens numbers together, and even a tens and ones number together. This was a snap!!
Then, we began adding a two-digit number (containing a tens number and a ones number) together with some additional ones. To complete this task, we utilized two strategies. First, our handy-dandy method of counting on:
We had to be extra careful that we counted on accurately. We made sure that we did this by always going back to double check our work. Our second strategy helped us visualize how ones can be grouped together to make a new ten – even when we’re working with larger numbers. This method is an introduction to the regrouping strategies that your child will use in second grade and beyond.
We will take our Unit 4 test next week.
This past week we wrapped up our unit on How To writing!
We picked our favorite How To teaching story to get ready to celebrate. We made sure our piece had all of the parts of a good how to story by checking our stories with partners. Then we made sure we had capital letters, finger spaces, neat handwriting, and punctuation to make our writing easy to read. Finally, we added color to our teaching pictures.
On Friday, we were ready to celebrate! We got into small groups to share our writing. Everyone got a chance to share, and we gave compliments to each reader. We all had fun celebrating our fantastic writing!