This week has felt like spring and we have enjoyed every moment of it!!! During this short week we have fully embraced Round 2 of the Lexia Learning 2017 Winter Usage Contest! I continue to be amazed at the students determination, as well as enthusiasm as they embark each day within their levels!!!
During math workshop, the students have been focusing on if equations are true or false. They have been participating in many hands-on lessons that help to build fluency with comparing values on both sides of the equals sign. They have learned that math tools such as: balances, ten strips, and connecting cubes can be used because they allow a visual representation (picture) of the values they are being asked to compare.
This work develops students' understanding that an equation is true if both sides of the equals sign have the same value, and false if the two sides have differing values. The students have been engaged in the Common Core Mathematical Practice #2, which is to reason abstractly and quantitatively as they compare the two sides of an equation to determine if the equation is true or false. Before students typically only saw true equations, with one operation. These lesson tasks will continue to guide students toward flexibly thinking about numbers and operations within equations.
This week we have been going deeper and deeper into nonfiction reading- focusing on focus questions and authors purpose. We have been looking at different types of nonfiction and determining if the author wrote it as an all about, or as an informational.
We have also been becoming more familiar with the journaling process using the Seesaw app. Miss Gleason is able to load different websites, videos, and articles on a topic and adds them into an electronic folder. We then login in using our QR codes and this is where we get to be in complete control of our learning! We have been able to conduct our research and record our thoughts! We have been answering many questions and stating our learning through writing, pictures, and audio recordings!
And in math we have been learning more about problem solving and representing our thinking through class number talks! We finishing our week playing a fun game practicing our doubles facts!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.