Wednesday – we had math tiles and our letter of the week story. Our letter this week was “o.” Please ask your child about how Lauren met Opal, who gave her back the gemstone / birthstone that Lauren had been missing. After recess we had garden time. I sent you a blog update about garden time on Wednesday. The potato and celery prints are now hung up in our classroom. Then we wrote in writers portfolios and we wrote to the prompt “If I caught a leprechaun I would…” The children were so excited to write about this topic. They all wrote very detailed and exciting stories.
Thursday – We began our day with writers workshop and continued the process of writing more facts about our non-fiction book topics Then we had spanish and recess. After recess was our cooking and slingerland review lesson. This week the kinders graders made the delicious homemade irish soda bread that the first graders made last week. Then the children had PE.
First Grade Language Arts time
Now that the report cards and assessments are completed, we formed our new guided reading groups which began on Monday. As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, we start guided reading time each day with a mini lesson that meets the needs of the current learners in each group. I currently have three guided reading groups. Here is a list of some of the items each group learned about:
- we paid close attention to word endings – s, ed, and ing
- we discussed how to make good predictions while reading a story
- we learned that it is important to pay close attention to punctuation when we are reading a story out loud
- we worked on sight words that the group had a hard time remembering – could, would, what, where, and why
Math in Room 10
This week in math we continued with our theme on reviewing our math strategies for adding up two-digit numbers more efficiently. We also worked on our place value understanding. We engaged in several activities to help them understand how many sets of ten are in a number such as 50, 80, and even 160. Yesterday we had a lesson that involved building numbers on a place value holder. Each child had their own place value holder for his/her numbers. I would tell the learners a number and then they had to build the number and show me which column it belonged in, ones, tens, or hundreds. They kept asking me for harder and bigger numbers, I love to see them so excited and engaged in math activities.