I hope everyone is having a wonderful break. Just a quick note to share what we have been up to the past few Katie Days.

In math we have been focusing on subtraction. We learned a variety of strategies (using fingers, using counting tools, counting backwards, using number lines, thinking about fact families, counting up, etc…) We used these strategies in a number of activities, including bowling with dominoes and marbles and recording our results (If you start with 10 pins and 4 knock down the equation would be 10-4=6.) We also played a variety of subtraction games, like Free the Animals, a fun subtraction game that touches on probability and brought up interesting questions: if you are subtracting two 1-6 dice from each other will one number come up more often than the other? How is this different than adding two 1-6 dice? We also created our own word problems around the subjects of losing teeth and taking gumballs out of a machine.

In art we spent two Fridays on Claude Monet. We learned a lot about the Impressionists and made two artworks in his style: a painting of the Japanese Bridge in his garden in Giverny and a watercolor painting of waterlilies.

Please enjoy these photos of the above activities as well as images of the second graders sharing their instructional text stories with the first graders and our Australian aboriginal hand prints.

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