This week we focused on a new comprehension strategy by reading some of the Bear Books books by Frank Asch. Students learned that schema is already in their brain (people they've met, things they've done, places they've been, and books they've read). Schema not only allows students to better understand and appreciate text, but also supports the comprehension of new knowledge. Once students read the first Frank Asch book about Bear and developed a schema about the character, they were able to make accurate predictions as they read the second book because they understood traits of Bear. Try reinforcing this skill at home during your child's reading time. We will continue working on this skill next week with more of the Bear Books by Frank Asch!
During Daily 5 this week I continued working one-on-one with each student so guided reading books were not sent home from me. I have been holding individual conferences using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments to reassess the students. I will complete assessments early this upcoming week so you begin seeing "good fit" instructional level books coming home late next week or early the following week. I look forward to sharing the growth that your child has made this year at our upcoming parent/teacher conference.
Students have been busy revising their work and preparing to publish their pieces. We are looking forward to sharing all we have learned during our personal narrative unit!
This week, students continued to focus on related facts which helps first graders develop a deeper understanding of addition and subtraction. Students continued to learn this using the "flap cards" but used pictures instead of dots this week. Students added to this skill by also writing story problems to go with the dot cards. By the end of the week were able to combine all of the skills/strategies they have been learning. Students were able to create their own picture flap cards using stickers, write the fact family to match their flap card and finally wrote a story problem to go with it. The process of having students write word problems helps them to identify the structures of word problems so when they go to solve them they can identify what they need to do to solve (ex: add, subtract, etc.). Word problems are also a good way of teaching math because they provide a visual and real life connections to show the difference between addition and subtraction problems.
This week students learned about a few different holidays from around the world that celebrate life. They were able to compare and contrast the holidays to see similarities and differences they had. Students focused on the following holidays:
Mexico → Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Japan → Obon Festival
China → Zhongyuan and Yulanpen Festivals (The Ghost Festival)
Italy → Commemorazione dei defunti (All Souls Day)
Students also learned about how/why we respect the cultures of others:
We listen with open hearts and open minds
We never make jokes, or do anything that makes fun of someone else's identity
We treat others the way we want to be treated!
At the end of the week we were able to engage in some centers focused on these celebrations and/or traditions.
Friday, November 10th: No school, Veteran's Day.
Monday, November 20th & Tuesday, November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School for students. Click here for your conference day/time: Conference Schedule Page
Wednesday, November 22nd- Friday, November 24th: Thanksgiving Break, no school.