Sorry for a mini post this week. We had a wonderful thanksgiving, are getting ready for our performance next week and explored using drama to bring stories to life!
This week we have worked on identifying different parts of a nonfiction book and looking at how labels and captions are used so that we can better understand how to add similar elements to our own books.
This week we took a little timeout from our own books and did research together as a class all about tigers. This way we could stop and really make sure we are understanding the process of how to write a non-fiction book vs. a story. So we collected information together and each made our own special book about tigers!
We have been working on subtraction and learning how we have to have the bigger number first as we can not take away 5 candies if we only have 3.
We have also been working with more word problems and figuring out how we can not just look at the numbers and always do an addition problem, but we have to read it twice to look for clues on if we have to use a plus or minus.
This week in Readers workshop we focused on finding keywords and making sense of new words while reading. They stopped and had to think even though a word like “can” comes up a lot in the book on bats a word like “fly” is a keyword as it is very important to the topic.
They started to learn about catchy introductions to their books by either telling a cool fact or by asking questions/giving clues about what the book will be about.
We are working on the type of information to put in books and how its really important to put true information, and not just information we think is true.
We are working and still reviewing a few of our addition strategies and finding more in depth ways to explain our thinking. We have discussed “counting on” and how if it have 9+4 I can start at 9 and don’t have to say 1-9.
Our time capsule is totally done and have uploaded a video (sent to your email) of them putting their items in. They have a link and QR code in the time capsule so can watch it again in 10 years. It would be awesome if everyone would could write a message in the comments that they could then read in 10 years as well.
First of all thank you so much for coming and cheering everyone on at sports day! We could not have asked for more perfect weather and the smiles on all the kids faces were from ear to ear! It is great to see everyone work together regardless of what team they are on!
We will be sharing a Google Drive folder of all the pictures from Sports Day next week,. You will be able to add pictures as well to share with the other families.
We spent most of the week working on finding different combinations to make the same total, it is fun getting to see how quick they are at remember their math facts.
We learned how to read non fiction books like Steve Irwin and how he makes he voice sound so exciting while he talks, they had a fun time trying out their new voices. We also talked about crashing parts of words together. We are running into bigger and trickier words, and learned that they aren’t so scary, we can just find smaller parts and push them all together.
We are still working on our nonfiction books and were able to add our first table of contents into books! They love sharing about things they know about, and are learning how to transition from story writing into teaching writing and not using “I” but rather “you….”