This week we worked on writing subtraction sentences. We talked about - symbol and the = symbol and what the mean. We did a lot of cube towers (whole) and took away a part. Then we moved on to writing the subtraction sentences. We started with our whole, took away the part we knew and then what was left. Today we worked on subtraction story problems. We still need some practice remembering our whole ALWAYS goes first and then we take away a part to see what the other part is. We play a game in class called Cover and Hide that you could do at home and practice this! They have a whole (6, 7, 8 or 9) and put some in the cup. The person has to figure out how many are in the cup based on what's left. They then have to write the subtraction sentence! You could use anything if you don't have cubes! We'll continue to work on this for another week and a half and then assess.
We had lots of yummy apple treats to taste and the kids had so much fun filling out their sheet! We did some math and science in the morning to make our "class homemade applesauce." Each student helped make it either by helping put in the ingredients or stirring the crock pot. We measured, talked about how to triple a recipe and how things that start out looking like one thing (water, sugar, apples) when we cook them and mix them, turn into something else! It was a brief introduction to solids and liquids :) More to come later in the year! They LOVED our applesauce! Thanks again for everyone who donated! They really enjoyed it! We wrote down the recipe in our own booklets that hopefully made it in their folders! You can use that recipe at home!
We read many of Eric Carle's books for references and guidance in creating our own version of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar! They painted their own papers and then used those papers to cut out their own very hungry caterpillar and what he ate in their version! They wrote: On Thursday, he ate through______ and filled it in! We had all sorts of things like cupcakes, apples, cake, salami, the letter 'd', cheese, blueberries and more!
This week (and next) we talked about Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle as both authors and illustrators. We watched two very interesting videos were both artist talk about where they find their inspirations and how they get ideas for books. We learned from Lois Ehlert that inspiration can come from a letter, the store, outside our very doors and the world around us! Eric taught us that he likes to have a lesson or a moral of a story to tell. He also encouraged us at even in first grade we can be authors and illustrators. It's not just a grown up thing!
Yes you read that correctly!!! Cheez its has Scrabble tiles now!! So we spent a day making as many short 'e' words as we could with our tiles! Of course then we enjoyed them :) Please remember to practice these words. Some suggestions:
-write in sand
-write with chalk in the driveway or the sidewalk
-make the words with noodles or beans
-look for the words (word hunt) in the house/books
Have fun practicing! You can always do the Cheez it thing! :)
Yesterday we spent some time doing math with apples! We had a lot of fun estimating and then measuring the actual weight of our apples. We measured the length of our apple with string and then used cubes to help show the length around the apple. It was a very fun math and science experiment. I think their favorite part was having an afternoon apple snack! Thanks for helping us out with this fun activity!
This week we are going to do math, writing, reading and science all encompassed around apples!! Johnny Appleseed's birthday is on Wednesday, September 26th! We will study apples, the seasons of apple trees, measure and weigh the apples, taste tests with picture graphs and bar graphs. We will do lots of fun activities that go along with this! Please have your child bring an apple in on Monday or Tuesday for our measuring activity!
We have been working hard this week on the routines of what Writing Workshop should "LOOK/FEEL/SOUND" like. As a class we agreed during writing workshop that we look like we are writing (pencil in hand, paper out and all our supplies), it's quiet and we are using whisper voices, we are in our OWN SPACE (for some reason that's still a bit tricky :) We made it 7 min this week straight writing the right way! Sounds small but we have made progress, from 2 min. the first few days! This week we will talk about authors Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle and their journeys to become authors as well as what inspires them! We will watch two really neat videos where the authors show how they write, where they write and the creation of their pictures! Both do some pretty amazing artwork and unique ways of creating their pages and artwork! Hopefully it will inspire our class to do some creative and unique writing!
Before you speak,
Think and be smart.
It's hard to fix a wrinkled heart.
For many weeks (and many more to come) we are discussing how to be respectful, responsible and how to be good friends. We read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henke. Each time someone in her class made fun of her name we wrinkled the heart. We each signed it, as well as our rules to show that we would think and be smart and not say mean things and to work together to follow the rules as a team!
Rule #1: Listen when your teacher is talking.
Rule #2 Follow directions quickly.
Rule #3 Raise your hand to speak.
Rule #4 Respect yourself, others and your school.
Rule #5 Be safe, be honest.
We have a lot of fun with this because whoever the line leader is gets to stand on the table and be the leader. They act out the rules and the class mirrors! They love the listen when your teacher is talking because they get to make the talking (blah blah) during that part!