Pratt's Primary Corner
Weekly Update- March 15, 2019
Reading MAP test will be taken on Monday March 18th.
Week at a Glance
We have also been discussing test taking strategies this week. Some of the strategies we've discussed are:
- Reading questions before you read a passage
- Going back in the passage to find your answer
- Getting rid of answers that make no sense right away
We will have a heavy focus on non-fiction reading for the month of April.
Math- This week we've focused on division & multiplication story problems. Students have used manipulatives to show their thinking, created a visual representation of their thinking and discovered an equation and answer to represent the problem.
**It is important that students are not only able to solve story problems but write their own story problems to put a given equation into context. If you're looking to practice at home, give your child an equation and have them write a story problem to go along with the problem. If you realize their story doesn't match the equation, have them build a model with objects around the house (noodles, beans, game pieces, coins) to represent their thinking.
Science/Social Studies- We started brainstorming ideas to solve the problem of food insecurity. Next week students will get into groups and design & build a prototype. We will have a showcase the 2nd week of April.
Writing- We are working hard on our opinion unit. Students have learned that they need to have a thesis statement (bold opinion), and explain reasons for that opinion. We started the unit by writing a speech to solve a problem, but have also discussed how we can have a strong opinion about things that are beautiful in the world as well.
No homework menu for the week. The weather is getting beautiful- enjoy some family time together outside!! :)
Scholastic Book Order
The online code is MBKQR and orders are due by March 22
Below is an example of an opinion writing we did as a class based on two non-fiction reading passages. This is a rough example of what your child will be expected to do on the OST.
Grace saved up to buy her desk!! Congratulations, Grace!!
Carnival of the Animals
We were able to go to the McCoy center to see the first graders' performance of Carnival of the Animals. It was both adorable and impressive.
We used our iPads to access a Kahoot activity for reading comprehension practice.