The kids have gotten quite good at finding books around the room that are ‘just right’ books to keep in their book boxes. As the kids were reading this week, we noticed that some kids finished all the books in their book boxes and needed to start all over reading their books again. This lead us into discussions of how readers set goals for how many books they will read each day. And we introduced a bookmark that they used to set a goal and then keep track with tally marks to see how many books they actually read that day.
Before each reading block, the kids would think about how they did the day before and think about the book choices they had in their book boxes and then set a goal for how many books they would read that day. We tracked our goals for a few days to see if our numbers were growing in how many books we were able to read each day. It also helped us notice if we actually had picked books that were ‘just right’ for us as readers. All in all, they spent a ton of time reading this week and building their reading stamina!
Way to go first graders!
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.
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).
You might hear your student talking about our MIND UP time during the day. Mind Up is a curriculum that helps teach students about their brains and how their brains work in order to help them be more proactive in how they approach learning and social interactions.
So far, we have learned some key areas of the brain. You may have heard your first grader talking about these three key parts of the brain: Prefrontal Cortex, Amygdala, and Hippocampus.