Math . . . and More Math!

4955159We 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

Conversation Starters:

  • 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?

funny-animated-fishMathMeasuring 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.

This is the rubric descriptor we use to assess measurement techniques in first grade.
This is the rubric descriptor we use to assess measurement techniques in first grade.
This mathematician used inch tiles to measure fish that might be "keepers."
This mathematician used inch tiles to measure fish that might be “keepers.”
Here is one of our hard-working mathematicians measuring fish to determine if it is a "keeper."
Here is one of our hard-working mathematicians measuring fish to determine if it is a “keeper.”
Check out another hard-working mathematician measuring "keepers."
Check out another hard-working mathematician measuring “keepers.”
As we measured the sidewalk using inch tiles, it was important to make sure we lined up the tiles from start to finish.
As we measured the sidewalk using inch tiles, it was important to make sure we lined up the tiles from start to finish.
Here are some other kiddos measuring part of the sidewalk.
Here are some other kiddos measuring part of the sidewalk.

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.

This is one of our great keepers that was created by one of our mathematicians.
This is one of our great “keepers” created by one of our mathematicians.
Here is another fish created by one of our mathemtaicians.
Here is another fish created by one of our mathematicians.
Look at this fish!
Look at this fish!
This first grader worked hard to make his fish become a "keeper."
This first grader worked hard to make his fish become a “keeper.”
Look at this happy mathematician with his fish!
Look at this happy mathematician with his fish!

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!

Olivia wanted to read a book to the class this week - so she did. :)  The other children were amazing listeners and we were all so proud of her!
Olivia wanted to read a book to the class this week – so she did. 🙂  The other children were amazing listeners and we were all so proud of her!

 

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