During this topic we will continue to expand our knowledge with the 100's chart and 2 digit numbers to 100. They will practice more with knowing where numbers are, what's 1 more and 1 less as well as 10 more and 10 less. There will be practice with knowing that jumping forward on the 100's chart will be 10 more and jumping 10 back will be 10 less. Lots of practice with numbers on the 100's chart and understanding that adding and subtracting 1's and 10's will help us be more comfortable with double digit numbers.
We are still in the very early stages of understanding what an opinion is and how to support or argue our opinion in writing. They are very self focused right now with what they like and why (food, books, sports) and giving their reasons why. We wrote letters to different companies expressing our opinions and thoughts about their products! Thanks for helping us out and sending those! When we are done with Valentine's we will continue this and I'll have each student write one letter to send We will continue opinion writing after our Valentine's day cards andI will continue to talk about opinions when they write to their classmates.
Tuesday, we created our own "th" word study list. I have explained that many of those words are high frequency words! That these are words we see often in our reading and writing and that being able to write them will also help us with our reading. This week we did word work (sorts, frame a word, finding in books/posters) and next week we will continue with sentence writing, highlight a word and then assess on Friday!
In science we are going to talk about motion. Some key words we will define will be: push, pull, force and speed. Lots of activities (marshmallows!) will give us a hands on look at what those words mean. Often kids confuse speed with being fast, but speed can be slow too! If it's warm enough, we will go outside and push/pull on the swings. They will learn about directionality (straight, curve, circular and zig zag) and hopefully the weather will cooperate, we will go outside and do some fun activities with that too!
Now that we have determined the different between a nonfiction and fiction story, we are going to work on learning about the various conventions of nonfiction books. Last week we looked through books and learned about the Table of Contents. We discussed the reason behind it, how to find various subjects or find a certain topic in a book. Many students also brought up that fiction books (mainly chapter books) have Table of Contents as well, so we talked about how they differ and that you don't have to read the whole nonfiction book to gain information like a fiction book, where you'll miss out on the story if you skip through it. This week we will talk about glossaries and the purpose, use and how to in nonfiction books. They are developing a real thirst for knowledge and facts and so this has been really fun to teach and help them expand their knowledge and interest.
The common core standard for writing opinion pieces encompasses writing about, stating an opinion and supplying a reason for that opinions with a sense of closure. This is quite a large standard, and it also has areas for revision and editing. We will start small and carry this into our February Valentine writing and then continue with deeper writing (world views) into February. I am going to read some great books like Click, Clack, Moo, I Want a New Room, I Want an Iguana, Dear Mrs. LaRue and the lovely Pigeon books from Mo Willems. This will get our brains thinking about things we like and why. They will also have discussions about why they like certain things and how could they communicate that they like these things? To whom? (writing letters). During the early weeks, we will write about our feelings, thoughts and reasons supporting those, then start to edit our letters so that we can send them out! Asking why at home about statements they make will be a great way to support their thinking and opinions!
We started Topic 8 last week. We are working on describing and writing two digit numbers by place value (tens and ones). We worked on grouping cubes in to tens and leftovers (ones). We will also work on skip counting by 10's to help us add and identify double digit numbers. Towards the end of this week, we will work on adding 2 double digit numbers. It is a pretty difficult concept and we will work on this during our games, review/practice as well as our groups/workmats.
5 tens (50) and 5 ones (5)=55
4 tens (40) and 15 ones (15)=55
3 tens (30) and 25 ones (25)=55
2 tens (20) and 35 ones (35)=55
1 ten (10) and 45 ones (45)=55
This will take lots of practice and we will also work on this a bit in Topic 9. Remember that many of our math teaching points are K-2 benchmarks and are meant to be revisited in 2nd grade and not mastered. We will do a lot of work with the 100's chart and knowing where numbers are.
This week we explored some great books like This Is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen as well as plenty Mo Willems, to learn about punctuation and why we use it. A lot of discussion about who we are writing for (our readers) and why we place punctuation. When they are writing, they are working on placing punctuation (?, ! or a .) when they are done with a thought. They tend to write sentences that fill a page and place the period there instead of at the end of the thought. We also talked the different forms of punctuation: ? for asking questions, ! when we are shouting, yelling or are excited and periods to end thoughts. The books we read were great for this because they were short, and very age appropriate, like writing the kids do and hilarious! I recommend checking them out from the library! :)
This week we are working on Solids, Liquids and Gases. Some important vocabulary:
Matter-it's everything around us that has mass.
Properties-different ways to describe matter (hard, soft, wet, slimy, smelly)
Solid: matter that has it's own shape and doesn't change unless we change it.
Liquid: matter that has no shape and takes the shape of another object.
Gas: matter that has no shape and takes the shape of another shape.
After watching a Brain Pop Jr., reading, discussing, charting this week we learned all that! One our first day we went outside and got some snow, ice and make some predictions about what we thought would happen to get us thinking. We also spent a day describing various solids, liquids and gases (great way to learn about adjectives!). Next week we are going to spend time on how matter changes! We are going to: cook it, break it, set fire to (well me :), freeze it, melt it, rip it, cut it! It should be a fun week of experiments and observations!