1B Classroom Update 2
October 16, 2015
Check Out What is Happening in 1B!
In math, we have been sharing our strategies to add two numbers together to find the total amount. This includes practicing our number formation by using playdough and our number combinations (e.g. all the different way to join two numbers to make two-digit numbers) and sharing our strategies that we used to get there. One strategy we have worked on is saying the big number first and then holding it in our heart as we add the second number on by counting on our fingers. A way to support our learning at home is to create spoken word problems that discuss putting two groups of an object together and asking us to share the process we used to get to the total amount. For example, Ms. Vandehey found 8 pencils on the floor. She then found 5 more in the library. How many pencils did she find?
We have a Number Stories secret though... the most important part is to explain how we put the two numbers together. This helps us to deepen our own understanding of our own mathematical thinking as well as check our work...shh...
Writer's Workshop & Phonics
We are exploring rhymes! We are singing songs, reading poems, and exploring rhyming pattern books to identify words that rhyme. This skill helps us identify patterns in words and strengthen our phonic knowledge. We have applied this skill in writing as we sound out our words to help us spell independently. A fun way to support us at home is to play a rhyming game where you tell us one word and then sound out a word that rhymes and we have to say the word. You can tell us: "If you can spell cat, then you can spell th-a-t." Another way to support us at home is to encourage us to write about a moment that was really exciting for us. Journals are great for this! When we ask you to help us spell a word, have us try to do so independently.
We now are independently selecting our Just-Right books and have our very own book bags to read from that we keep in our seat sacks. We are practicing our read-to-self strategies to help build our stamina.
We learned how to share our reading with others by practicing our Read-to-Someone strategies where we sit next to them as we read. Our reading partner listens for who is in the story and where there story takes place.
We are busy at work exploring our definition of a home. To do this we use a variety of hands on learning tools.
These magnetic tiles not only allow us to build structures that stick together but they also will be a great segue into discussing 2D and 3D shapes.
We use dollhouse furniture and a diverse set of family figurines to design the inside of a home and act out our understanding of family life.
The Three Little Pigs
We looked at the story of The Three Little Pigs and then reenacted it through a 3D puzzle.
Building the Pigs' Homes
We worked together to create the three little pigs' homes.
Fire Safety Event at Metro Tech
We lucked out that the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit was hosting an event at Metro Tech. We saw different staged scenes and learned how to identify the fire hazards in a home.
Front Seat in a Fire Truck
We also got to sit in a fire truck!
Our train of firefighters as we walked back for lunch time!
Fire Safety Event at Metro Tech
Dance With Ms. Siby
Finding the Rhythm of a New School Year
¡HOLA, 1B HABLA ESPAÑOL!
1B started this school year in full Spanish Immersion. ¡Sí! No inglés. Solo español.
Everyday in our class we use music to sing, dance and explore the Spanish Immersion. We learn how to greet, how to introduce ourselves and how to express our feelings in Spanish ¿Cómo te sientes? ¿Feliz, triste o enfermo? We explored some TPR (Total Physical Response) techniques and we are impressed to see how quickly they learn the language. Now we are exploring the world of shapes. Last Friday we made tacos with círculos, rectángulos, cuadrados y triángulos. ¡Yummy Taco Viernes!
¡We are going to learn MUCHO ESPAÑOL!
Here you can find our Spanish Hits! Keep practicing at home!
Our favorite song is Chu Chu á