We have started using sentence starters to help us explain our math thinking. It's brand new so we are still practicing :) but it's a good way to get them intentionally thinking about their math, their thinking and how to talk about it with others.
It's posted around the room in 3 different places so they aren't all crowding around one area to copy or look to see which sentence starter helps them.
Today we started our nonfiction study about Bats! They LOVED it and we just barely scraped the surface! Get ready to hear lots of bat facts! Today we learned:
1. Bats are mammals (the only mammal that can fly)!!
2. They are nocturnal.
3. Bats have good vision despite the phrase, "Blind as a bat."
4. Bats hang upside down.
5. Bats eat insects and fruit.
Today I introduced two reading strategies:
1. Look at the pictures.
2. Does it make sense?
We read a level 4 book that had hard animal words in it, but matching pictures. We talked about how our brain and our mouth are going to be working together to help us read those words. We will give it a try and check the picture to see if it makes sense. I also had a reader share out how they used pictures today to help them read!
This is just our mini lesson for the next few weeks. If your child is in a different place, they will be focusing on their needs during instruction time with me. I am trying to record it in Progress Book so you have an idea what's going on!
Today during math workshop, I gave them a math problem: I walked into a bicycle shop and saw on 15 wheels. What did I see? They worked SO WELL thinking, talking math, showing their work! We came up with a lot of different things that they saw from bicycles, unicycles ("you know the things clowns ride" ha ha), go carts, 3 person bikes and more! The paper will go home today so you can see your child's math work!
After learning a lot about sharks, today we worked in our journals to fill in a can, have, are, eat fact puzzle! I even had one kiddo make his own about our new study of OWLS!!
And thanks for helping your kiddo look up owls last night! We learned most owls hop but some, like the burrowing owl, can run!
I'm FINALLY done assessing your child's reading, and after weeks of Reading Workshop set up and routine, we are finally at it in full swing! The rest of the class is engaged in reading: to self, to someone or listening. This gives me an opportunity to work with small groups or individuals on word work/reading and writing. This is just an example of a small group today! I let them use witches fingers (those green things on their fingers) to help guide their reading! They LOVE it!
I wanted to share pictures of what work time looks like during math workshop. Students were all over the room, working individually, in pair or groups. They used what tools they wanted to, and worked through our math problem: I was cleaning the gutters and I saw 15 leaves. Some were red, some were brown. What did I see?
There was lots of teamwork and discussion going on because they didn't all use the same numbers. We talked about how there are many ways to make 15. Not sure 10+5. This was the first time they we really tried "work time" not guided by me and it was a success!!
During Math Workshop we know it's our job to work like mathematicians. We talked about what mathematicians are (see list), and had them give examples of how they will do all those things during math workshop (I read and explained first :) ) We gave it try today! And it went well! See the next post for our work! This hangs next to our poster reminder of our math tools!
These are some pictures and examples of what our writing workshop share time looks like. I chose students to share based on various components (work ethic, on task, specific standards or lessons we are working on). Today I had them share because I wanted students to recognize it's great when our pictures help tell our story and that our pictures aren't just a scribbly mess. As time goes on, that will change (less pictures more words).