Camp Can Do News

September 16, 2016

Animal Homes, Non-Fiction, Setting Goals, and Fix It Skills

Our Journeys story this week, Animals Building Homes, gave us a chance to look at non-fiction and how it could be similar to a fiction or enjoyable story. Not all non-fiction is written the same so this week as we looked over our story we realized it was written in a similar way as other enjoyable stories might be. We did not find bold words, charts, fun fact boxes, or many other of the non-fiction features you usually see in a non-fiction story. Instead as a reader, we had to read and stop and think about the information that was presented to us. We had to think and retell the story or talk to another reader to see what information they may have found. It made for an interactive reading experience and some ah ha moments for us as readers!

Good readers use many skills when it comes to puzzling out unknown words. They roll up their sleeves and get to work! No matter what type of books you read, you will need a strategy every once in a while. The campers have been trying out a few of these this week and even naming them as they do! Here is the list: check the picture, use the story or context clues, chunk out the words, take a guess, does it make sense, would a different sound help, look for small words, and figure out the meaning. That is quite a lot of tools in the reading toolbox!

We are working on goal setting this week in conjunction with our reading cords idea from Alissa. Each camper tried hard to decide how many books they might read and added it to their goal page. You can see it in their binder. The campers and I are also meeting to discuss personal reading goals as well. We will look at information that shows what they are like as a learner and see where goals can be made. This is exciting work!

After using the Hamilton East Public Library site and the resources below, the campers tried out writing a different type of writing: an information story. The resources we used are free to all patrons of the library and can be accessed just by entering your library card number and pin. Lots of cool stuff on this site! They campers are finishing their stories up this week!

Check out your camper's SeeSaw portfolio! We have new items added!

All About Math

Adding and Subtracting

We jumped right into Unit 2 on adding and subtracting whole numbers. We looked back at What's My Rule problems, fact families, fact strategies, and adding several single numbers at a time. Using our basic fact knowledge helps us have a great foundation for work with larger numbers which is coming up next!

The campers worked with the Go Little, Get Big strategy. Use a small fact you know to help you calculate a larger problem. Ex: 8 + 9 = 17 so 80 + 90 = 170 or 380 + 290 = 760. Another strategy discovered by the campers, counting places when zeros are to the right side of the facts you are concentrating on.

The campers put their mental math to use when trying to solve calculator problems. How did the calculator get from 876 to 376? What keys must have been used? Show you partner and tell them how you knew. We also made our own calculator problems to share with our partners.

The campers were introduced to some problem solving structures that can help organize the work done during these type of problems. Take a look below at one we used called part, part, whole. It can be used with subtraction or addition.

During problem solving we also tackled a picture problem. Take a look at Seesaw for our ideas and our solutions. The campers read the problem and thought it over for about 5 minutes on their own, shared ideas with a partner, shared clues with the class, and then solved it. So much thinking and so much fun!

Don't forget our Everyday Math website for great practice in fact fluency and math skills. Usernames and passwords are inside your camper's binder.

Congratulations Corner

Lots to celebrate this week!

*Cougar Crew Member: Congratulations to Nora S.! She was our teamwork superstar this week for Cougar Crew! No Cougar Crew next week.

*Great independent work on the Pebble Go website with non-fiction features this week!

*First two list word study assessment a success!