February 7, 2014

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happy birthday Anneliese!

Anne turned 7 and we were fortunate enough to be able to celebrate with her this entire week! She brought in a poster full of her pictures of her family and read several books to her classmates. Her family joined in our celebrations and shared the most delicious cupcakes! Thanks Anne! Happy birthday!

literacy

As part of our glass slipper unit we focused on the problem and solution of a story. We did this first by listening to stories and brainstorming solutions. Then the students listened to a simple version of the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk and identified the problem (Jack was poor) and the steps he took to solve his problem (he sold the cow for magic beans, he climbed the beanstalk, he stole the hen and harp).
Lastly, the students practiced this by creating a problem. Some included:

"I forgot my lunch on the bus!" and "I got stuck in the elevator of my building!"

Then we switched problems and someone else had to write a solution.

"I shared food with my friends." and "I called the supervisor to fix the elevator."


Next week we start writing our very own fairy tales complete with a descriptive setting, characters, problems and solutions!

math

We wrote, read, created, and solved number stories this week in math. The students had so many ideas for their number stories and wrote about everything! Some examples included,
"There were 20 planets and 11 exploded. How many were left?" 20 - 11 = __

"I had 4 puppies and my friend gave me 2 more. How many do I have now?" 4 + 2 = __


We also started talking about turn around facts. A turn around fact means simply that no matter which way you add the numbers they make the same sum. 5 + 3 = 8 and 3 + 5 = 8. A great way of modeling this at home is with triangles. The sum sits at the top of the triangle and two parts are on the bottom corners:

10

7 3

Cover up one of the numbers and help your child write the correlating number sentence: __ + 3 = 10 or 10 - __ = 7


We will be finishing unit 5 next week and having a mid-year assessment.

100 days of school!

Monday we celebrated our 100th day of first-grade! We exercised in 100 second intervals, we had a number hunt with 1.3, we made our own interpretations of the number 100 with art and took 100 steps out of our classroom to see where we ended up. It was a fun celebration and and I am so truly honored to be here teaching these darlings!