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What's Up in the Classroom?
Writing - We started our non fiction unit of writing this week. Students learned that writers get ready to write by teaching about a topic. They also learned that they have many areas of expertise that they can write about and using their fingers to figure this out will help them. For example, if they think they know a lot about dirt bikes, they can tell their information across their fingers to see if they have enough to make a little book. Five facts is the minimum that they should know when deciding on a topic. Students also learned that they could write about things they know how to do. For example, one boy wrote about how to get dressed!!
Social Studies - We are done with our studies of the map. Students learned about the world around them and where they fit in. We started with the whole world, narrowed it down to our continent, our country, our state, our city and finally our home.
Reading - We have been working on many different strategies this week in reading. The main ones were using details to help understand text, finding the beginning, middle and end of a story, learning some robust vocabulary words and finally a review of retelling a story using picture clues. We continue to do our reading centers where students do individual activities and then rotate to a new activity. I love these centers because I get to meet with all of the students and instruct them at their individual levels of reading. It's a nice way to differentiate instruction for all the students.
Coding - We did a really cool activity on Monday. Mrs. Staple (our librarian) came in and lead a lesson on coding. Coding is normally used when writing computer programs. Since this is only the 1st grade, we coded a bit differently. Students learned basic programing codes for up, down, right, left and turn. Then they had their "robot" partner follow their program to move cups into a certain formation. It was really fun and a very useful skill in this day and age. I am going to continue it in math when we get back from winter break.