Students learned a new Cafe goal this week: Visualize- Make a picture or mental image. Making a picture in our mind helps us to recall events more clearly. The same is true when reading a story. When readers listen to or read text, they can create pictures in their mind or make a mind movie. This helps a reader to remember more of what they read or heard. To help reinforce this skill at home, read to your child and model how you make pictures in your mind. Then, give your child a chance to try it. Read a selection to your child and ask: Can use use sensory details to describe your image (what does it taste like, smell like, feel like, etc.)? What do you see in your mind as I read this selection? Can you see yourself in this selection?
This week we launched our new information unit that comes from the Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study. Students learned that information writing is telling your reader all about a topic. Students learned that writing all about a topic is much easier when writers choose a topic that they are already an expert about. Students began their first assignment by choosing their topic. Next week first graders will began to learn from a couple different "master authors" of information texts and will begin using some of their information writing strategies to revise their own writing.
When meeting with the teacher, students practiced writing and solving number sentences to master the following CCSS math goal:
1.OA.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Student Friendly Objective: I can solve real life problems of all different sorts by adding or subtracting within 20. I might use objects, pictures, and I can represent missing amounts with a symbol (like a box or a question mark).
Memorizing math facts and mastering basic calculations will get students only so far. Word problems, or story problems, appear in everyday life. Students are learning how to differ between and solve three different kinds of word problems:
1. Result Unknown 5+3=___
- Example: You have 5 books to read. You get 3 more books from the library. How many books do you have now?
- Example: Sam had 5 apples. How many more apples will he need to have 14 apples all together?
- Example: The dog has some bones. Emily gave him 7 more bones. Now the dog has 15 bones. How many bones did the dog have to start with?
Students continued learning about weather this week by learning about a few different types of clouds and the kinds of weather that they bring. We focused on cumulus, cumulonimbus, stratus, cirrus, and fog. Students worked together in groups to design a certain type of cloud out of cotton balls.
Thank you to our fine arts presenter Mrs. Dainas for teaching us all about Georgia O’Keeffe. Students loved learning about her life and discussing how her art made them feel. Here is some more information about the presentation we had this week:
Wednesday, December 13th- Ice Cream Day, Ice cream sold at lunch for $3.00.
Friday, December 15th- First Grade Music Performance from 2:30-3:00 in the small gym.
Saturday, December 16th- Monday, January 1st: Winter Break, no school
Tuesday, January 2nd- School resumes