In Writers’ Workshop this week we were reminded of all we know about how to write convincing reviews and planned a book review using a book we like and are familiar with. We thought of what reasons we will give, which details we will share and which comparison we can use to help persuade readers to read the book being reviewed.
We learned that writers of book reviews give a sneak peek summary without giving everything away. We wrote our sneak peek introductions and were careful to share only the most important things readers will need to know about the book and also a few things that will make them curious but not the ending!
In Readers’ Workshop we learned that to really understand a book, it’s important not just to pay close attention to the actions, but also pay attention to the dialogue. With a reading partner, we practiced keeping track of whose talking as we read. We also thought about not only who is talking, but how they are saying it (e.g. whispered, shouted, mumbled, etc.)
We had a small ‘Reader’s Theatre’ to perform a few scenes from a familiar book; keeping track of who is speaking as well as considering how the characters sound.
We learned that when you figure out how to read a word, but you don’t know what it means, you should stop and think about it. It is important to stop and solve new words in both fiction and nonfiction books. Partners can also teach one another what new words mean as a way to build vocabulary.
We also learned that to be really in charge of our reading we need to use everything we know quickly – to use all the tools to get the job done fast and keep going!
In Math the class played Quick Images to show dots arranged in ten-frames. We played new variations of the games; Counters in a Cup and How Many am I Hiding? – two games that involve finding a missing part. We shared strategies for playing.
We also learned to play a new game called Tens Go Fish which involves making combinations of 10 with two addends.
In Art on Wednesday, we started a 4-week project in which every week we transfer a new technique/artist style onto a large self-portrait. This week we were reminded of a style by George Seurat called pointillism. We used markers to fill out the first quarter of our sketch using tiny dots (pointillism). It took A LOT of concentration and patience.
In IPC at the moment Grade 1 is focusing on how we can be moral citizens and make the world a better place. We brainstormed ideas and thought of not only how we could achieve those ideas as a first grader, but also how we can convince other people. On Wednesday we went for a walk to get more ideas of what we could do to help in our local area.