Three Weeks?!?

ani-flowerFrom the title of this post, you might wonder what is three weeks away, huh?  Believe it or not, SPRING BREAK is only three weeks away.  That’s awfully crazy!  It’s hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner, particularly since we have all been freezing lately.  Regardless of it being cold or nearing Spring, we continued to work hard this week.  For some reason though, I don’t have many photos this week to share with you – I hope you don’t mind!  I am sure you will get the idea of what we’ve been up to anyway.  Thanks for visiting.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Celebrating Opinion Writing
  • Addition Strategies
  • History
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • You are reading a chapter book in class called Clementine.  Who are the two main characters in this story?  What are two things that have happened so far in the story that has to do with hair?
  • When you are trying to convince someone to believe something like you do, why is it important to give more than one reason?  What are some reasons that are convincing and what are some reasons that are not convincing?
  • What do you enjoy most about having an iPad in your classroom?  How have you learned this week with your iPad?

Celebrating Opinion Writing:  We are having a small celebration of our writing with our fourth grade Learning Buddies tomorrow, Friday.  Each first grader will share his or her opinion piece and hopefully convince others to believe like they do.  Next week, we are going to begin looking at reviews and how these are another way that people try to convince (or persuade) others to take action.  Until then, check out a few of the great covers we have for our books to share at our celebration tomorrow.

This is the cover for one of our opinion pieces.  Wouldn't you want to read this book?
This is the cover for one of our opinion pieces. Wouldn’t you want to read this book?
Here is another cover for an opinion piece.
Here is another cover for an opinion piece.
Check out one final cover for an opinion piece about a seashell necklace.
Check out one final cover for an opinion piece about a seashell necklace.

Addition Strategies:  As we work to hone in on our skills with addition, we have worked by exploring place value strategies in order to truly understand the numbers we are adding.  For example, when we look at the number 43, we want our children to know that the 4 represents 4 tens, or 40, and the 3 represents 3 ones.  When children have a solid understanding of place value, addition and subtraction skills become much more fluid.  We use many strategies, but one is pictured below.  A hard copy of this strategy will go home with your first grader tomorrow, but until then, look at how helpful an understanding of place value is when solving equations.

This strategy sheet is a reminder to break apart numbers when adding them.  What a helpful hint!
This strategy sheet is a reminder to break apart numbers when adding them. What a helpful hint!

History: Today, we explored a lot of biography books.  Next week, we will begin to explore some famous people to learn about the contributions they have made or are making to our world today.  In addition, we will dive into discussions about how people make changes in our world with their actions and choices and how WE (yes, first graders!) can EACH make changes too.  Check out the photo below of the children exploring biography books in class today.

We explored biographies by skimming each book and finding interesting information.
We explored biographies by skimming each book and finding interesting information.

A Smile for You: During our Reading Workshop, I smiled when I saw kids reading in two different ways.  As you can see from the photos below, reading is equally effective in print or electronically.  Look at how engaged each of these readers are!  It made me smile seeing how hard they work and what first grade readers look like in our classroom.  I hope these photos make you smile too.  Have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.

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