This week we continued to to focus on character traits as we read "Wings" and "The Paper Bag Princess". Both of these text displayed characters that displayed the character trait of bravery and other characters that displayed inconsiderate character traits. We were able to make connections between the characters in the text using a venn diagram.
We also used these stories to focus on the comprehension skill of summarizing. This can be a challenging reading strategy for first graders because they often retell the story with too many details. Our class is learning how to focus in on just the key details when summarizing. Here are some things you can try at home to support your child with this comprehension skill:
Students continued working on their opinion writing by learning more ways to convince the reader. Here is a similar copy of the chart that we created as a class to remember the best ways to convince our reader:
This week in math, we have been working on geometry. Here is the common core standard students have been working on in their small groups at their instructional level:
1.G.A.1 Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Student Friendly Objective: I can tell what makes a shape special (like the number of sides) and what doesn’t (like the color or direction). I can build and draw all sorts of different shapes.
This week our class was presented a STEM challenge with our 5th grade buddies. A small frog was trying to stay safe from alligators in a swamp. Students were given the goal of developing a tower so that the alligators couldn't get to the frog. We worked with our buddies to design an engineering plan to build a tower out of note cards and one foot of tape. The tower had to be 10 inches tall and could hold a 10 oz. stuffed animal frog for at least 10 seconds. Our class was excited to practice their engineering skills with their buddies by using the Engineering Design Process. Once our towers were tested we were able to reflect on what we would change to improve our tower next time. Students are looking forward to more engineering problem solving next time we meet with our buddies!
Monday, February 26th: 2018 February Youth Art Month NSSD 112 Exhibit: Please visit our amazing “District 112 Student Art Show” at The Art Center of Highland Park, located at 1957 Sheridan Road in Highland Park, IL.
Wednesday, February 28th: Six Flags “Read to Succeed” Forms Due if your child chose to participate.
Wednesday, March 21st: Ice Cream Day, students can purchase ice cream during lunch for $3.00.