We continued with our nonfiction chapter books this week in Writing. We learned how good writers can add details to their books by adding comparisons and examples. For comparisons, we tried comparing things that might be a little hard to understand to things that are easy to understand. For example…
Sharks teeth are as sharp as a knife!
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A first grade classroom is like your school home.
We also practiced giving examples to help the reader understand what we are trying to convey. By giving examples, we are helping our reader learn all the information they can about our topics. For example…
Hudsonville has lots of restaurants like Subway, Jets, and Sprinkles.
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Monkeys eats lots of fruit. They eat bananas and oranges.
This week, 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 and using our number grids to help us count through the decade numbers. 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.
This week in reading, we worked on READING ALOUD like an EXPERT. To read aloud like an expert, we needed to watch some experts in action. So, we watched a clip of the Kratt Brothers, from the show Wild Kratts. We learned that we can do what Chris and Martin do – change our voices to show the important parts in our nonfiction books.
We searched through our books for the most fascinating parts that are worth sharing with others, so we would be ready to stop and talk to our partners.
We also practiced reading with feeling to match what was happening on each page.
Our fluency was AMAZING!!!