This topic spends time "making" numbers. This past week we explored making 6, 7 and 8. We used dot patterns (the dots like dice) to help us, as well as counters to show parts. I use the terminology: PART + PART = A WHOLE. We will use our hands to help us putting each hand together to show that those two parts equal a whole. Next week we will finish with making 9 and move right into making number sentences. The symbols are very important in math and I will stress that! We will also solve some story problems as well. We will spend all of next and a few days the following completing this topic.
We are using the first few topics to practice routines, games and other parts of math workshop. I will pre assess each topic and work with my groups accordingly. It's important that we practice whole group to make sure we understand OUR "job" during this workshop time. What things we need to be working on and accomplishing, as well as the choices. They are doing a great job already! The first day it took us 45 min. to complete calendar, second day, it only took 20!!! I was so proud of how they were listening and catching on!
In the next week, I will set up the online accompaniment to Pearson Success Net/Envision, so that you can go online and watch some learning videos as well as complete some math practice if you so wish.
One of my and I know the kids favorite authors is Mo Willems! We are going to do an author study and read TONS of Piggie and Gerald and Pigeon books. These are great books for early elementary age kids, whether they can read on their own, with help or have you read to them! They have tons of high frequency words that kids can identify which gives them confidence! We will map out the characters, story elements and all the different writing characteristics we love! These are also great books to read to help us with expression-I mean, the Pigeon himself is the best at that! We will revisit this as the year goes on, but it's a fun way to start out reading workshop when we aren't quite ready to read quietly on our own for long periods :) We will get there! Promise! They are already doing a FABULOUS job enjoying books quietly or with others.
This website is fun if you have time to play this weekend!
Next week is a great short week to get start talking about writing workshop norms, materials, resources and other things we need to be successful writer's. We will read some great books to help us, which I will re-read when we talk about what writer's do. This is more nuts and bolts. They will be introduced to their green writing folder. Inside are a few resources they can use to help them throughout the year. They will have: a list of high frequency words, a heart map (with pictures of things close to their heart to help jump start some ideas), the alphabet in lower and upper case. There are a few sheets that will not get introduced yet: what to do when I'm finished and a conventions check list. We aren't quite ready for those, so when we are, they will become another resource for us. They will learn where writing paper is, where they can write (pretty much anywhere), what they can use (crayons, colored pencils, scissors, stapler etc.), how to carry materials (cups/bins), using carpet squares/pillows/animals appropriately when writing....yes...we will practice that :) We will spend four days doing this and if we need to keep practicing the following week, we will make time for that! I know they are excited to start writing and putting down their story ideas! I'm excited to hear them!
Books we will read:
The Day The Crayons Quit
The Things I Can Do
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle
Accountability, Teamwork and Fairness are our basic groundwork for how we are going to act in our room. We have already talked a lot about what it means to be responsible. How we can be responsible by listening, taking care of ourself, cleaning up etc. Especially only worrying about ourselves. :) That's a tough one at this age. If you need a laugh, this is a classic "worry about yourself" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A6Bu96ALOw)!
Next week we will read some great books that will lead us in some discussions and talk about teamwork and fairness. We will do some fun activities! For teamwork we are going to race by ourselves and time it and then work as a team to complete the same race and see how much faster we did it as a team! We will do a few activities like that! Some language we will use: I would like other to....so I will...There is a great book called "What if Everybody Did it". It's a great book to start a conversation about being respectful and following rules. You will see some papers going home where they will be writing and drawing about fairness and rules.
Our book list will include:
Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Do Unto Otters
The Worst Best Friend by Alexis O'Neill
What if Everybody Did That?
We also watched this fun video to help us practice sitting on the carpet!
It's been a great 3 days! They have worked so hard on their routines, and working to their best potential. I am so proud of them and all they've done so far! We are working on checking our folders, learning when certain things happen in the day (aka lunch doesn't happen for almost 3 hours after you've been in school haha!) , knowing where things are in the building and in the room. They've done so great listening so they haven't had much trouble figuring it out at all!
Most of what I do revolves around books. I love to read and I would like to instill that same love of reading in them. We have read some funny books, authors who write books with repeating characters, books that have helped us learn about feelings and respect. We are going to continue to build on the 3 R's up top next week and add some new routines in: word study and math workshop. We'll being to explore our literacy block of reading and writing but won't be quite ready for the workshop model. We will also focus a lot of time on what it means to be a good friend and classmate. We will talk about respect of ourselves, others and our school, along with my expectations. There are some great books to read that go along with these also! I will continue to update this blog with our weekly learning or any new fun developments that come our way!
Here's a list of books that we've read:
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker
The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (One of my favs)
Guji Guji by Chih Yuan Chen
Augustine by Melanie Watt
Junie B. Jones 1st Grader (at last) by Barbara Park
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henke
Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing
First Grade Stinks by Mary Rodman