First graders have been recording their thinking in their math notebooks. Students have been practicing addition and subtraction games. Students are recording their addition and subtraction combinations in their notebooks. Students are working on learning to select their math choice: math by myself or math with someone. We are working on using math strategies to help us count on. Last week we focussed on counting on. When you add two numbers you start with the bigger number and then add on. We are also working on using tens frames and counters to help us visualize different ways to make combinations. First graders are forming visual images to represent numbers. Tens frames help students to see that 6 is 1 more than 5 and 4 less than 10. Once students can visualize the numbers on the tens frames they can form mental strategies to compose and decompose numbers.
First graders at Baker School are learning how to be good digital citizens. All the first graders watched a video about digital citizenship. The video focusses on the most important things we need to remember when using technology:
Students worked together as a class to make a heart and brainstormed kind words and comments they could use online. This is an important skill that we will review all year long as we continue to share our learning.
First graders have been learning how to be scientists. They have been focussing on observing and recording their thinking in their science notebooks. This week we studied a coconut. We used the projector and the in-focus machine to look at the coconut as a whole class on the big screen. Students looked carefully and we noticed the texture, fibers, colors, and size. We talked about using details in our drawing to draw exactly what we saw in our science notebooks. The 1L scientists carefully observed 'mystery seeds'. First graders used a magnifying glass as a tool to get a very close look and see even more details. Every student recorded their observations in their science notebook.
The first grade has a field trip to the Boston Children’s Museum on Friday, October 2, 2015. We would love to have as many chaperones as possible. Volunteers will meet us at the museum and enjoy all the exhibits with a group of students. All chaperones need to make sure that their CORI forms are updated (they need to be updated every 3 years).
I am so excited to be back at school. Every day the first graders come to school happy and excited to start first grade. The first few weeks of school we spend a lot of time getting to know one another. We are learning the routines of the classroom and school rules. We are doing a lot of beginning of the year activities to learn about one another and create new friendships.
This week we learned how to play the card game double compare. Students are asked to flip over two cards at a time and add the numbers together to get the sum. The student with the highest sum gets to keep the cards. It is a fun game to practice at home. I have posted the directions below.
Marc Brown Author Study
This week we began our featured author study of Marc Brown. Marc Brown is a famous children's author who wrote the Arthur books. Today we learned about Marc Brown and we will read many of his books this month. Students will work on making Text- To -Self connections to his stories. . Good readers make connections as they read to help them better understand what they are reading, think about character's feelings and motives, and keep the reader focussed.
This week we started our Star Student program.
What is a star student?
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