This week the children have begun to use fact triangles to help them further understand fact families. They have played games to strengthen their fact power. Using the triangles, the children played in partnerships. Each child took turns covering on number on a fact , while their partner used the other two numbers to determine the covered number. The children also played Brains versus the Calculators. This game demonstrated that having fact power is vastly superior to relying on a calculators. Calculators have their place, when working with difficult numbers. But brains are really the best tool available!
This week the first grade children gathered together for a lesson revolving around Anti-bullying standard #3 which involves inclusion. All the students listened to the read-aloud Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes. A list was generated that categorized how the characters in the story were helpful to one of the friends in the book. A conversation followed that challenged children to think about times when someone might feel excluded at school and what someone could do to help everyone feel welcome. Children were encouraged to write in their personal journal about a way to be inclusive to someone at school.
Kathy Sasena 1S
Meg Arcadia 1A
Pat Parke 1P
Today 1A performed their class play based on the book, The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater. This is a book about a group of neighbors who were inspired to paint their houses to represent all of their dreams. The students sang three songs, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “This Is Me,” and “My Way.” They also performed a dance to “Whistle While You Work” by Louis Armstrong. A big congratulations goes out to all of the amazing performers in 1A. Great job! Way to go!
In math the children are learning an important strategy. Use what you know, to help figure out what you do not know. At this time, the doubles addition facts are almost automatic for most children. They can use these facts to solve more difficult addition problems. For example, if you know that 5+5=10, then 5+6 must be one more than 10. In a similar vein, if you know that 5+5=10, then 5+3 must be two less than ten. The children have looked at base ten frames and the arrangement of dots on a die to practice this skill. They are also practicing explaining this strategy in words, using a the phrases, “ If I know ______, then I also know_______.” Playing games with this concept as you drive with your child, will be helpful additional practice!