Just like our addition unit of adding 10's, adding 2 digit numbers we will work on many strategies to solve subtracting 10's and subtracting 2 digit numbers. We used sticks yesterday to solve (crossing out) and today we will use our 100's chart. We also have time to let students share their different strategies which gives students another strategy to think about, show their are multiple ways to solve problems and validate their thinking (per my email). Basic facts are going to be an important tool in their bank as well. Hooda is a great app on the ipad to help quiz them, and it gears towards their facts! And here is the website too for the computer:
Today we spent some time sharing out our stories. In the hustle and bustle of writing workshop and our language arts block, we sometimes don't get a chance to share out their writing in a fun share. We share often examples of work and other technical shares, so it was nice to take time to let them read a story or letter to their peers.
I was SO impressed with their opinion writings!!! We will continue to work on these and persuasive letters/writing (beware-there are some letters in the mail today :) asking for later bed times, Minecraft games/accounts and other things!) and move into How-To's soon!
After reading these tonight, I wanted pizza and Tim Horton's! :) Enjoy these samples and check out your child's tomorrow! Ask them to read it to you!!!!
Tomorrow we are going to help create the March Book Madness for picture book bracket! If you click the link, you can see how the bracket will work! We have signed up as a class (along with many other classes from all over the country and the world) to participate in March Book Madness!
We will help vote the "best" picture book of 2015! When you have some time, take a look around the website and see how cool this is!! I think this will make reading EVEN more fun :) than it already is and get them interested in picking up some of these picture books! Plus as a teacher, maybe give me some new books to read to the class!
Check it out! Updates will be posted as the brackets change!
Today we had a great talk about books (my favorite)! We talked a little about our own reading, what makes us want to keep reading and now put a book down, what makes us interested in reading (types of books). After our discussion about what makes us want to read, we brainstormed a list of the type of books we can read. They came up with an AWESOME list! We used this to springboard into our reading focus for the next few weeks: How to Write a Book Review and/or recommend a book! We will take this step by step to help set them up for successful writing and sharing. They will eventually write their own book review and share it (for a communication grade) to their peers. We will hang them out in the hallway in hopes that both our class and other classes will get some good book recommendations from us! They were very excited and wanted to start today!
I also said that if they had a book that they LOVE and it's at home, to ask mom/dad to see if they could bring it in to help! I also made it pretty clear that we are not teasing or making fun of someone for their book choice/selection (easy readers, books we read/had read to us when we were little etc) are choices some kiddos might make and we are going to respect that!
Today to get us in the mind set, we read Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and then went on Barnes and Noble and wrote a review!! They saw it all go up on the smart board and used their wording!
We are beginning our non fiction study about Walruses this week! Did you know they can whistle? Today we kicked it off with our "Image of the Week". I was very impressed with their questions! After they finished posting their responses (I Wonder, I observe, I like) we talked about how their thinking has changed. They noticed that they use to like and observe but now they wonder more. They noticed that shift in thinking!
We found the answers to some of our questions today when we read/listened to PebbleGo about Walruses. Some are still unanswered, so we will read and learn more to hunt down those answers!
We also did some impromptu math! We learned that walruses live in herds of about 2,000. And that they eat up to 6,000 clams a meal! So I let them try to solve first. Then I reminded them that this is just a larger number, but a repeated addition problem like they are familiar with from their math missions! And we got the answer! (with a little help ;)) They are excited to get this study going!