We have been doing a lot of great work this week. However, when I looked at my photos as I was drafting this blog post – they were ALL from our Math Workshop! So, I decided to write about math so you will be able to see the things we were up to this week in first grade. In other areas of our curriculum, we have been working on comprehending what we read by retelling stories with words or pictures, writing opinion letters, and discussing economics terms, such as producer and consumer. Read on to SEE our learners in action from this past week.
- Conversation Starters
- Math – Measuring Fish . . . and Sidewalks
- Math – Making Fish
- A Smile for You
- You are just began a new chapter book this past Monday called The Marvelous Journey of Edward Tulane. Tell me about Edward. What makes him special?
- During Writing Workshop, you are writing a letter to someone because you want to make a change. What change are you wanting to make? Who are you writing to in your letter?
- In your reading group this week, you have been working on reading a new book that you call a “reader.” What was the first story in the “reader” about? What has your group been talking about to become better readers?
Math – Measuring Fish . . . and Sidewalks: This week, we have worked on measuring by using standard units. One of the ways we have done this is by measuring fish cut-outs and determining if they are “keepers” or not. A “keeper” is a fish that is a specific length. The children measure various fish with inch tiles in order to determine whether they are long enough to “keep” or not. As children measure, they need to be sure they are using appropriate measuring techniques and clearly communicate their thinking. We also went outside one afternoon to measure. In groups, children measured parts of the sidewalk, which allowed them to work in teams in order to discuss their measuring techniques. Check out the rubric descriptor below for how measurement skills are assessed. Then, check out our hard working mathematicians as they measured this week.
Math – Making Fish: After the children were proficient at measuring “keepers,” they had the opportunity to make their own fish that would fit this criteria. Our first grade mathematicians needed to determine the length they wanted their fish to be and then make their own “keeper.” Check out a few of our creative fish below.
A Smile for You: This past week, in the midst of the math work you learned about in this post, we continued to work to become better readers. One day, one of our great readers, Olivia, wanted to read to the class. The picture below is a sample of one of the proud moments I am privileged to witness as a teacher – kids teaching other kids. Check it out and I am sure it will make your heart smile too. Thanks for reading our post this week. Have a great weekend!