Math! Addition and subtraction strategies are important building blocks for other key math concepts. Students have been exploring fact strategies like complements of ten, doubles facts, adding three numbers, and what I call the "teen trick" (10 plus 6 is six-teen, and, yes, there is no such thing as three-teen, but students LOVE joking about it.). More importantly, partners and groups discuss their strategies with one another and talk about why one strategy works better in certain situations. For example, 6 plus 7 is close to the doubles fact 6 plus 6, so you can just add one more to get 13; 9 plus 5 is the same as 10 plus 4, etc. I love hearing the VERY thoughtful way students talk to one another about how they came up with an answer!
Martin Luther King Jr: I am always so touched by how surprised students are that there used to be unfair laws about who could sit or go to school where. They innately recognize that what counts is on the inside. As we talk about MLK, I keep the conversation light and discuss how people can peacefully work to change the world for the better. I point out that we can change the world by a smile or a frown, because the little things we do make others feel good or not so good. We watched a small portion of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech, where he talks about the content of our character. I do not discuss his assassination. My favorite part about this social studies unit is that students use words and vocabulary from our HEART and Second Step programs, which show that we embrace Dr. King's ideals naturally and all year long.
Collaborative Writing! Students partnered up to compare 2 animals this week. They did a wonderful job using a Venn Diagram to state how leopards and zebras are similar and different. Of course, who doesn't want to then make a zebra or leopard face! Later in the week, we also started a VERY fun group project for opinion writing. My sincere thank yous Aubrey's and Eden's moms for coming in to help! Our opinion writing project will have a tech twist that I will share with families at the end of the month. I think you will truly enjoy it!
Reading! This week we discussed folk tales where animals learned a lesson. Many of the tales also "explained" why an animal has a short tail or why their fur is patterned a certain way. We compared the structure of these stories and discussed how usually there is one character that is foolish or a trickster and that other characters are wise. These common character types in fiction are the foundation of many literature genres.
Homophones! no and know, way and weigh, these words sound the same but have different spelling/meanings. We explored these ideas by making a book of words pairs. Thank you to Louis' dad for keeping students on track and for giving them more ideas for word pairs!
REMIND! If you have been receiving Remind texts via Verizon, Remind will not be able to text you after the end of the month. You should have received an email/text with suggestions on how to continue to receive my Remind posts. I believe their advice is to either use their app to receive texts or sign up to receive email notifications.
Paper Towel rolls needed! Soon we will be making number scrolls for math. This fun first grade tradition is how we practice writing from 1 to larger numbers. In the next week or two, please send in a clean, empty PAPER TOWEL roll. Toilet paper rolls are too small for what we need.
Have a great long weekend!