This week, we worked hard to build our REVIEWS with all the important and most convincing parts. We started with a catchy introduction, by asking a question. After stating our opinion and listing CONVINCING reasons, we worked on adding details to our reasons. We ended our reviews by restating our opinion and then telling our readers to do something. We’ve been working hard to produce more and more each day to add to our collection of completed reviews in our writing folders. Ask your first grader how many reviews they’ve completed so far!
This week our readers practiced some new strategies to help “triple check” that our words are correct.
We learned that readers are always thinking about the story. Sometimes when we are stuck on a tricky word, thinking about what’s happening in the story will help us figure out a word makes sense, looks right, and sounds right.
We also learned that the words in our book should fit together like a puzzle and should “sound right” when we read them. As we were solving tricky words together, we often asked, “What word fits in this sentence?”
Partner time is our favorite part of readers workshop!!! We LOVE coaching our reading partners and figuring tricky words together each day. Way to go, first graders!!! Keep being the BOSS of your reading!!!
During our math time this week, we continued to solve missing partner and missing total stories. We also stretched our thinking by using the Make a Ten strategy to solve equations and math stories with three addends or partners. After we looked for two partners that could make a ten, we found that adding the third partner to ten was a snap!
We are starting to work on counting and writing numbers up to 120. To help your first grader practice this skill, have him/her start at any 2 digit number and then count out loud to 120. This could be a great activity to do together in the car. As an extra challenge, you can even have your child write the numerals up to 120!