Today we read about apples and we all had an apple to eat from Gallagher Farms. Students talked about their favorite types of apples, what they know about apples and things that are made from apples. It will be fun to revisit apples as we look into life cycles later in Science.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Students in our classroom take risks daily. They analyze their own work, take it apart and add to it, all with a smile. These writers are learning to look critically at their work and adjust it to be more interesting and more detailed for their audience. Students also use their peers for feedback by sharing in the author's chair. This is an opportunity for students to think about what makes a story interesting, formulate questions about the story being read, and cheer on their peers for all of their hard work.
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Students counted objects in their Mystery bags, recorded their quantities on a post-it note. We graphed our recordings to compare the results others recorded in the classroom. The Habit of Mind we are focused in math right now is "striving for accuracy." Students are learning why mathematicians double check their work by noticing discrepancies on the classroom graph. Tomorrow students will problem solve how to know who is right, how can we avoid that from happening and share other wonderments they may have about this fun activity.
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Students make predictions about what they think they might learn in the text if it's nonfiction and predict what could happen in the story if it's fiction. Again, partner work is a great opportunity to working on speaking and listening skills as well as cooperation and turn taking.
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Fridays include "pick your own partner" day for Reading Workshop. Students share the text by listening, echo reading or choral reading. Partner work is a great opportunity for students to fine tune their listening skills, cooperation skills and coaching skills, if their partner needs support.
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Students worked on word families today. We practiced "at" word family and created all rhyming words we know. We brainstormed quite the list and even created a few Dr. Seuss words as well. The goal for this activity was to help students see that if they know cat, they know: bat, rat, sat, that, mat, hat, pat, fat, flat, etc, in both reading and writing. Rhyming words is a great "in the car" activity when you are running errands, driving to school, or going to grandma's. Have fun with words and sounds and help your child make those connections.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Students engage in a variety of activities daily during Math Workshop. This week students worked on the following skills:
I can compare numbers (quantities) and see which is larger.
I can order numbers 1 to 12.
I can count to 20 forward and back.
I can collect data and make a representation of my data.
I can use math vocabulary when describing data such as data points, more, less and the same.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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|Learning to revise our work|
We follow a specific writing process every single time we write: Think about something that already happened, touch and plan on each page, quick sketch all 3 pages, write your words on all 3 pages and then go back and revise your story or make it fancy by adding to the picture with details and colors and add to your words. Be sure to check: who, what, when, where and why to see if you can create a clearer picture in the readers mind.
In addition to using the writing process every day, students are asked to write small moment stories. What is a small moment? They ZOOM in on one moment that the author has big feelings about, they are true stories, they have lots of details, they have a beginning, middle and an end.
What a big job! Way to go first graders, I am proud of you and all of your hard work each day!
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Friday, September 12, 2014
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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|Students created a question for their peers to get to know more about their friends.|
Students brainstormed questions they wondered about their friends, created a plan for collecting data, assigned roles to each other for tasks such as recorder and questioner. They used a check off list to make sure they asked everyone in the class and created a unique symbol or letter for recording their peers' responses. Tomorrow students will analyze their data and make a representation of what they learned from that data. Pairs will present their findings to the class and share what surprised them ;)
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Monday, September 8, 2014
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Friday, September 5, 2014
|Building Stamina as Readers|
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|"If you could only eat one food for a week, would you eat Pizza or Hot Dogs?"|
Students answered a survey question "If you could only eat one food for a week, would you eat Pizza or Hot Dogs?" As a class we graphed the data, students analyzed the data and share with a partner what they learned from the data. Are you wondering what we learned? Fourteen students would rather eat Pizza for a week and only 8 would prefer Hot Dogs. The practiced using statements with the mathematical terms, more, less, and greater. Our focus for the year will be on providing evidence for your thinking and today we practiced that.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Students explored Pattern Blocks, Geo Blocks, Interlocking cubes and Power Polygons today. Our learning goals were to notice attributes of materials and describe similarities and differences and to use the materials properly. They loved the exploration time and lots of great math conversation took place describing their designs.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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