Learning Update!

Reading:

In reading this week, we wrapped up our nonfiction reading unit!  We continued to work on sounding like experts when we read aloud.

We learned that sometimes readers put on their writing glasses and read a book thinking about the cool and interesting features that the author put into the story.  We noticed that the author of our Owls book, Mary R. Dunn, used number words, shapes, colors, sizes, and even examples to teach us about owls.  We realized that we can do this in our nonfiction writing too!

We continued to notice keywords in our books and even made a list of keywords about our topic.  We tried to use these words when sharing with our reading partners to sound like experts.

Finally, we talked about using our bodies to bring the book to life.  We used our arms and faces to act our what was happening in our nonfiction books.  This was so much fun!!!  

We loved reading nonfiction books!!!  Our next unit will focus on more strategies for figuring out tricky words, sounding like fluent readers, and making sure we understand what we read.

Writing:

This week we wrapped up our unit on Nonfiction Books. Once all of our books were finished, we went through and carefully edited and revised our favorite book.
We ended the week by adding a cover to our book and finally getting to color the pictures we have been working so hard on the past several week. Way to go first graders!

Math:

This week, we reviewed everything we have learned about tens and ones, comparing numbers (<, >, =), counting on, making a 10, and using our doubles facts.
We took our Unit 4 assessment later in the week.  The kids worked very hard to double check their work and be careful counters.  Look for your child’s test to come home on Monday.  If a section of the test is still a little fragile for your child we will continue working on those skills here at school.
We are looking forward to solving more stories and working with teen totals during our Unit 5 that will begin on Monday.

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