Monday – We had our second lesson on Community. In our lesson we learned about the differences between living in the city vs in a rural farm area. The learners were read two stories about living in the city vs living on a farm. Then they completed a venn diagram about what was the same and different in each community. While half the class had social studies with the parent volunteers in Educare the other half had Slingerland handwriting time with me. This week we learned/reviewed all of the lowercase letters we have learned this year and I taught them the letters i and j. Like I shared last week now that the learners are efficient with the slingerland method, I will be teaching two to three letters per week and then moving onto uppercase letters. After I taught them i and j they had a wonderful review lesson of the other letters taught this year. After recess we had spanish, and free choice.
Wednesday – we had math tiles and our first lesson on how to write a friendly letter. I explained the post office project and then we learned how to write a friendly letter. Each group wrote a practice “friendly letter” to Ron and Hazel. It was a fun learning experience and lesson. After recess we had garden time. I sent a blog update about our garden lesson on Wednesday afternoon. Then we had music and we ended our day with an all school assembly put on by the second graders. The second grade classes sang us several songs that they have been learning this year during their music time with Erin. It was a very sweet and fun assembly.
Thursday – we started our day with a class meeting on Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a wonderful follow-up lesson on previous lessons and discussions about MLK. (I wrote blog update on MLK earlier this week.) I read them the book “March On!” written by Christine King Farris (Martin Luther King’s sister) which is a special book about the day Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream speech.” The book lead to an amazing class discussion on what was MLK message in his speech. Next week I plan to have the children write in their writers portfolios to the prompt “I have a dream…” At the end of our class meeting we made a list of what the learners thought Martin Luther King’s dream was:
- To make sure everyone is treated fairly
- To not judge people by the color of their skin but by their behavior
- to solve fights with words not fist
- that we should all use kind words
- he wanted everyone to be friends
- he wanted us to solve our problems with our words
First Grade Language Arts time
Math in Room 10
Our number talks continued to revolve around adding two-digit numbers. We had another lesson using base ten blocks which as I shared last week is a wonderful way for the learners to experience addition visually and physically. This week, we built numbers like 70 and 20 and then we did numbers like 30 and 33 using base ten blocks and our place value mat. We also played games to work on our math facts.