Ms. Mai's Weekly Update
Friday, October 14, 2016
Week 6 Reflections
As digital natives, your children quickly learned how to use the digital portfolio app, Seesaw, on the iPads. While I was nervous to release so much responsibility during the second week of school, I knew I had an obligation. Seesaw not only engages the children, but also enhances the teaching and learning in the classroom by encouraging collaboration and increasing peer-to-peer interaction. I intentionally gave minimal directions when launching the use of iPads to honor the developmental stage that first graders are at--learning through exploration and play.
This week, I assigned the children their very first in-class Seesaw assignment. Some of you have already viewed the videos on Seesaw. Some of the children noticed the comments from their family members and with wide, excited eyes said, "I'm going to read another book and do another video!"
Families, thanks for supporting the learning in our class and most importantly, thanks for supporting your children!
Enjoy this video appropriately titled, "If You Give a Kid an iPad." All of the videos and pictures were taken by the students during Daily 5 and Math Work Places. Pretty amazing!
Until next time,
First Graders Were Never Meant to Sit Still
A special thanks to the following families and friends for donating to our Donors Choose project:
Mark and Jamie Hein (parents)
Chi Huynh (parent at Sunset Hill)
Kim Favre (my sister!)
Dana Catania (donor from Texas)
Please spread the word so this project can be funded by December and your children can sit and (stay focused) on the amazing wobble chairs during small-group instruction!
Monday 10/17/16 (Day 5): P.E./Media *library books due*
Tuesday 10/18/16 (Day 1): P.E./Music
Wednesday 10/19/16 (Day 2): Art
Thursday 10/20/16: No School (MEA)
Friday 10/21/16: No School (MEA)
10/27/16: Picture Retake
10/28/16: Fun Run
Reading Street: Animals, Tame and Wild
- Explored how animals help people and other animals
- Identified and described main characters and setting
- Used visualizing as a reading comprehension strategy
- Read The Story of Ferdinand, Amazing Animal Helpers, and Paul Bunyan (half the children have never heard of Paul Bunyan!)
- Read and spelled words with short o
Reading at Home
Please continue helping your child track reading minutes for October. This reading log is due on Monday 10/31/16. If at least 15 students reach or exceed the October goal of 200 minutes, the whole class will celebrate the achievement with Flashlight Friday.
What did we work on this week?
- Verbalized thinking strategies
- Recognized the number of dots on dominoes (improving instant recognition)
- Explored the relationship between addition and subtraction
- Wrote addition and subtraction equations to match real-life math stories
- Played two new Math Work Place games called "Domino Add & Compare" and "Sort the Sum"
Sites for additional math practice:
We explored and discussed several topics this week with help from Puppy and Snail and lots of role playing using the Second Step curriculum:
- Lesson 17: Solving Problems, Part 1
- Lesson 18: Solving Problems, Part 2
- Lesson 19: Fair Ways to Play
- Lesson 20: Inviting to Join In
We are right on schedule for our science unit "Pebbles, Sand, and Silt" set to begin on Monday, October 24, 2016.