Last week we began our Mexico Unit. Students learned about the Mexican flag and geography. Another day we studied a folk art using paint on bark. We had so much fun using oil pastels to replicate some of this artwork on paper bags. Look at our beautiful art.
1L students had so much fun exploring outdoor shadows last week. Students worked with partners to trace shadows of objects on the Baker School playground. It is so clear now that first graders understand that a shadow is created when an object blocks the light. Later in the day we revisited the same objects and found the shadows had changed size and locations. We had a fabulous science talk to discuss our observations.
Day 2: Exploring shadow shapes with partners
This was defiantly the most fun learning activity. Working with science partners the students tried different challenges. You may want to try them at home, they are so much fun.
1. Shadow monsters-with a partner try to make a shadow with 3 arms and 4 legs
2. Shadow tag- try to catch your partner's shadow
3. Try to step on your partner's shadow
4. Try to make your shadow short or long
This month we have been focussing on addition and subtraction combinations to 20. Students are working on mastering fluency with addition and subtraction to 10. We are playing games and doing activities during math stations to practice these skills
We have been learning new mental math strategies to help us add and subtract more efficiently. Students are learning to master their doubles facts. We learned this fun poem to help us remember. While practicing at home this month, help your first grader to use these strategies. If you know 5+5=10, then 5+6 =11.
Thanks to another teacher, Mrs. Lemons for creating this amazing poster
One of our most recent strategies is doubles plus or minus 1
Thanks to another teacher Mrs. Parker for providing this very helpful visual
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