In our books we have been learning how to do the following:
This week students have been exploring and learning about how to partition circles, and soon rectangles, into two and four equal shares. They have been describing the shares using the math vocabulary words halves, fourths, and quarters, and using the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. They have also been describing the whole as two of, or four of the shares.
Today your child participated in a math performance task, which they all put forth great effort. The standards that were addressed were:
MCC.1.MD.1 Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
MCC.1.MD.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.
MCC.1.MD.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
The students were able to discuss the importance of using appropriate non-standard tools to measure objects.
Each of the “Olympic Events” allowed the students to demonstrate their mastery of the
measurement standards. The tasks and activities were grouped as “Events.” The students rotated to all five of the Olympic events and were able to record their data on the Olympic Event recording sheets.
These were the Events they participated in:
Event #1 – Wiggle Worms
The students will measure the length of their desk using paper worms.
Event #2 – Feather Blow
The students will blow a feather and measure the distance the feather travels, with unused crayons.
Event #3– Long Jump
The students will measure their longest jump using unsharpened pencils.
Event #4 – Cotton Ball Throw
The students will measure the distance they can throw a cotton ball using markers.
Event #5 Events of the Day
The students will sequence a series of events, and assign a time of day which makes sense to them, to each event. They will justify their reasoning by writing an explanation for each time and selected event.
I am sure you have heard about all the FUN and NEW learning we have been experiencing during math time! This week we have been continuing to focus on the following essential questions:
How can I measure lengths of objects precisely?
How do I represent and interpret data?
We have been measuring different distances in our classroom and comparing the differences of length. We have been using different units to measure these distances, as well as focusing on our problem solving strategies when combining three quantities to solve a story problem.
This week during reading time with our partners and groups, we have been learning MORE AND MORE about academic vocabulary! We have been not only crashing parts of words together and saying them slowly, but analyzing what these new words even mean! We started a reading journal where we can add our words and thoughts about each book we read! We had a chance to choose some of our words from our list and google search on the i-pads the meaning and a definition of our new words.
Remember you can even do this at home with your nightly homework! Jot any word you come to using a post-it note, or even write the word on your reading log!
Take a look at our learning target and us in action!
WOW what an awesome week it has been during writers' workshop! Our writers' folders are starting to fill up! We have piles of informational books, and our work is pretty impressive!
This week we took a careful look at our pieces. We noticed some of our writing we thought was done, needed more! We swept up the loose ends, we cleaned up some of our spelling and punctuation, we elaborated in our pieces with MORE facts and FANCY vocabulary, we even started to learn how to take a "STEP BACK" and look at our writing and think to ourselves, "How will readers receive (understand) this? What should, or could, I add? What should, or could, I subtract?" We rolled up our sleeves, and began the process. It hasn't been easy! This is all so new! It is hard work going back and fixing up all the amazing writing we have been producing! Ask us how we are spotting places in our writing and what we had to add or even subtract in our pieces!
Today was an exciting day! We had the opportunity to visit a different elementary school in our district and make some new friends! When we first arrived we were anticipating what was going to happen. In our experience, we were able to watch, listen, and enjoy some music, language, and ethnic dancing from an African drum circle!
We can not wait to share with you our thoughts about today's music, clothing, language, and dancing! Scroll down below to view pictures of some of classmates and click here to view a quick video!
It was so interesting and fun to learn about a different culture. We also had the opportunity to meet the first grade students from Morris and Warren elementary school and have recess and lunch with them. We had the chance to get in our very own drum circle and learn more about the Spanish drums and other musical instruments! We even participated in a "table top" Twitter where we wrote our thoughts about the assembly and our day using our markers and crayons. WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
This week has been a busy one! We have been challenging ourselves with our personal reading and writing goals, as well as squeezing our brains when taking our STAR assessments!
You have probably heard all about our PEP talks we have been having as a class during our morning meeting. I let the class know that they have been all learning so much as first graders, and parts of the STAR test may be challenging and really push their thinking. We discussed and I explained how the challenging parts may still be new to them, or may have more than one part. We discussed how our brains are filled with a lot of information, and a sponge soaks up water, and compared how our brains soak up information. Students were eager to start and persevered in the task!
In our math lessons, we have been continuing to learn how to measure and discuss challenges of measuring objects and how to overcome those challenges!
During readers workshop, we have been working on crashing word parts together and doing a slow-check to make sure the word makes sense in the text. Using this good habit for solving hard words will help us as non-fiction readers because we will be able to learn more information about the world and subject vocabulary. We have started to transfer more of our reading vocabulary and research into our writing unit!
Take a look at us during our week of challenging learning!
During math workshop, we have been learning how to to measure a variety of objects using connecting cubes, tiles, and paper clips. Your child has been comparing the measurements they have collected and making decisions about how to record a measurement that is in between whole numbers of cubes.
They have been learning the following new vocabulary words!NEW VOCABULARY:
Ask us the meaning of these new words! Stop by later to see us in action measuring items in our classroom!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.