1B Family Update
December 23, 2016
We hope you and your family have a wonderful and warm winter break! We will see you in 2017 on January 3rd! Below is an update on what has been going on the last few weeks in 1B...
In reading, we have continued to work on the retelling of a story. This time, we worked to identify the solution of the story. Students realized that sometimes a character doesn't have to resolve the problem. After winter break we will begin our nonfiction reading unit! So far, we've determined what makes a book nonfiction and next we will start exploring the structure of nonfiction texts.
In writing, we started our nonfiction writing unit! So far, we began planning our All About books by selecting a topic that we feel we are an expert on. A way to support us at home is to have us share our topic with you, discuss the 4-5 details or facts we know about the topic, and why we want others to know about it. This will help us to be ready for when we start writing the stories after break.
In math, we wrapped up our unit on geometry. One thing that students struggled with was remembering that a triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners and that a trapezoid has 4 sides and 4 corners. If you have students draw you a trapezoid at home, remind them that we have trapezoid-shaped tables in our classroom. We began our unit on place value, exploring how many ones, tens or even hundreds there are in numbers. For example, in the number 35, there are 3 tens and 5 ones. You can practice this at home by giving your child a number and having them tell you how many tens and ones are in it. Then, have them count to that number by tens and ones. For example, to get to 35, you would count the 3 tens first then switch to ones by saying "10, 20, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35." We have learned that making groups of tens is an efficient or quicker way to represent and count numbers. Having a strong understanding of place value will help us add and subtract two-digit numbers with regrouping when we return from break!
Amy Czaja and Kendra Thomas
Materials needed for classroom: Maps
Thinker student of the Week: Oola
- How you been a thinker is by solving problems right away like today when we were using the base-10 blocks, our table was very loud and she tried to calm us down a little bit.
- Oola has been a thinker by thinking of people's bodies and feelings like if someone fell, she would say are you okay.
- How Oola has been a thinker is because she is thinking for herself and not just going right up to a teacher. She's deciding if a problem is a teacher-sized problem or a student-sized problem.
- You have been a thinker when I was at recess you thought about how I felt and I felt lonely because I was sitting down on a bench. She came up to me and asked do you want to play with us?
- Oola has been a thinker. Me and Oola sometimes play a little bit, and she is a thinker by stopping talking with me.
- If someone had fell down but no one saw, but she realized the person fell, she would go over and ask if they were okay.
Students learned the names and properties of these 3D shapes
Free time reading
Students love to reread our classroom favorites or bring in books to share.
Trip around the world
Students took a "trip around the world" to view homes in other countries.
Here Calean points out how the homes in this photo have lots of outdoor space -- balconies and patios. The kids wondered if the weather there makes people want to spend lots of time outside.
A visit from Christopher Silas Neal
The author and illustrator visited our classroom.
He read two of his books.
He also showed students how he illustrates children in his books.
Students continue to meet in small groups with students from 1A for guided reading instruction.
During Lit Block, students also participate in phonics games and independent reading.
These are base-10 blocks, which students use to represent numbers. They will be a very helpful math tool when students begin to add and subtract larger two-digit numbers.
He brought in two stuffed animal bison and taught us facts about bison!
Exploring Base-10 blocks
Purple table explored base-10 blocks during math and challenged themselves by adding up all of the blocks together.
Ms. Nancy is a community member who comes and reads to us once every other week.
Recess at Metro-Tech
Some of 1B boys choosing the person who will be "it" for a game of tag.
The Rock Stars waiting for Town Hall to start.
Musicians played Turkish music.
2nd grade art work
2nd graders explained the art work they created for our visit.
3rd grade writing
3rd graders explained the writing they do about their reading.
Students have library cards that they fill out with the titles of books they have read then get them stamped with the date.
Anytime Anywhere Library Cart
The cart visits our classroom every week. Students "check out" one book that they add to their bookbin for independent reading during the week.
The kids made the city out of blocks during choice time.
Anytime Anywhere Library Cart
Writing Celebration Photos
ANYTIME | ANYWHERE What are you reading?
Two traveling libraries have been created to support our Anytime Anywhere Reading Initiative.
Please Note: Your student may bring home a book with a red or yellow dot taped to the binding. When he or she returns the book to the cart, another book may be checked out. Special books have been purchased for these libraries but have not yet arrived. (We’re making due with overflow from classroom libraries until the curated selection arrives!)
Students track their reading using library cards. Each time they read a book, they write down the title and stamp their library card at one of our vintage time machines. They more they read, the further back in time we can travel!
Vacation is a great time to “Read, read a book!”
M A N Y - T H A N K S - T O - A L L who helped make our trip to Constantinople so magical!