Nonfiction Book Talk

In this book talk, children talked about what they have learned from a book, including content, and expert words. They also talked about what they already knew about the topic before reading this book and their wondering.  They mentioned what was the next book they wanted to read in their journey of knowledge pursuit.

Counting by 10s

Today in Math we explored effective ways of counting a bunch of 1 yen coins. (There are a lot of them!)

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Some groups counted by 1s at first. During the first round, the fastest group came up with a method of counting by 5s.

After a quick discussion we realised that it probably was fastest to count by 10. So we went on by arranging the coins in rows of 10 and count the number of rows.

We then explored how some Asian languages make counting easier. The way we say the numbers in some languages already helps us  count in 10s.

For example:

Japanese / Chinese Korean
14 十四 십사
90 九十 구십
92 九十二 구십이

We learned that “14” is read as “ten four” in some Asian languages and “92” is read as “nine ten two”.

Non-fiction Booktalk

These days we are preparing for a non-fiction book talk.

Here are some sentence starters we can use.


When we finish, we’ll write our name and date on the board.


We don’t just write about the book. In Reader’s Workshop, we can also read quietly, write about the booktalk, or practice the booktalk.

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