Today students made connections and remembered all they've learned in the personal narrative writing unit that helps them bring their stories to life! Our lesson began with the story Frankenstein. We thought about how the scientist was able to bring the character to life.
We made the connection to how we use strategies already that help us to bring our stories to life! We looked back at our writing chart. Then, we learned that if we want to make our stories more special we can use craft moves we have learned from studying mentor authors! We looked closely at Mr. Mark Kimball Moulton's work. We tried out the craft move of telling the exact actions people do!
Yes! We have been working hard during reading time using the strategy of visualizing! We know now that visualizing is making mental pictures. This strategy has been helping us engage with texts that make our reading experience more personal and memorable. Before we started reading the book, The Relatives Came- we practiced visualizing by listening to an audio clip about a person visiting Disney World! We discussed with our partners what we pictured in our mind-next we watched the clip to compare our thoughts to the actual experience! We can do this while reading!!!
The Susan B. Anthony group came in today and read a book with the first graders about ways they can make others feel good around them, as well as feeling good about themselves! We discussed how we do kind things daily- like smiling at a friend, saying hello, asking if someone wants to play, or even if someone may need help. We made our own buckets and shared them out to one another!
In math we have been working on solving a problem in which the total and one part are known. During math workshop, we participated in the math games: Counters in a Cup and How Many am I Hiding? We worked in pairs to either use the counters, our fingers, or working mentally. Some of us even used our number lines.
Today was a great writing workshop! We worked on 30 Hands to publish our narrative pieces of writing! A goal that many of us have been working on has been punctuation! We have been turning our thinking towards interesting phrasing, adding more emotions, as well as characters in our stories who talk! Each one of the first graders used a writing checklist to help them along the way, as well as publish their final pieces!
Today we looked closely at images that had 9 and 10 dots! We have been talking about different strategies we could use to count all the dots without starting with the number one! We did a lot of this in kindergarten and we called it NUMBER Talks! Today we broke apart these dot images and made equations! We thought it was super neat because we learned how to capture an image of dot cards using the document camera. We then wrote out our reasons using the Smartboard. We compared all the different equations we could make! Take a look at some of our work!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.