We’ve working on our Sorting & Patterning Unit!
Thanks to everyone for making it out last week to Parent Teacher Interviews! Here are a few of the highlights from our discussions:
Lillian has started to use this app during Media Classes - and I've started to upload some info too! We hope that it will be a new way for our students and families to share and connect. Please be sure you use the QR code that was given to you during interviews to connect with your child's journal. *If you need the login information again, please contact us!
*All the images you see here have been uploaded to SeeSaw.
As part of our literacy program, we have begun to practice The Daily 5 : a literacy structure that allows for differentiation in the classroom. It is an integrated literacy instruction and classroom management system, which includes five literacy tasks (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, Word Work) that teach students self-regulation and independence.
So far, students have practised increasing their stamina for Read to Self, are experts at sitting EEKK! with a buddy during Read to Someone (Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee), they're excited to generate their own pieces as they Work on Writing and enjoy finding words in the room or on our Word Lists for Word Work. Next week, we’ll talk about using the computers and listening centre for Listen to Reading.
Students are solving problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using lots of different tools and strategies (e.g., make a ten, one more than, one less than, counting on, counting back, doubles).
Dot Plates are great for practicing subitizing (recognizing numbers quickly) and then counting on.
Other subitizing videos.
Math-Aids Mental Math worksheets goes hand in hand with subitizing; recognizing addition sentences up to 20 and instantly knowing the sum will help students improve their math fluency, and their overall confidence.
Practice: Single Digit Addition Worksheets for grade 1 and Zero to Twenty Worksheets for grade 2.
To reinforce the strategies we've been learning about:
Concentration (choose #1-10) helps students recognize that whether a # is represented as a numeral, a ten-frame or a word - it's still a number.
Ten-Frame is AMAZING! Try all the different settings (How Many?, Build, Fill, Add). This will help with quick number facts, memorization, relating #s to anchors '5' and '10'.
Harry Kindergarten on You Tube is a great resource. We'll start learning some of these songs in class soon!
Doubles, Doubles, I Can Add Doubles (1 - 5 version)
Doubles, Doubles, I Can Add Doubles (6 - 10 version)
Add 'Em Up! - one more than
Lots of curriculum based songs:
I Can Write My Numbers - great if your child has reversals
Number Words Rap
I Can Count to 100
Numbers in the Teens
Adding and Subtracting
Skip Count - and then Count On! (grade 2s)
** If you're looking to get some of the same materials that we use in school, for home, I like to use Scholar's Choice. For example: Snap Cubes at Scholar's Choice.
This afternoon, your son or daughter will bring home their Progress Report. Please take some time read it in it's entirety and prepare any questions or comments that you may have for our upcoming interviews. I always encourage families to pay particular attention to the first page of the report, The Learning Skills, as this section will tell you about your child as a learner and as a member of our classroom community.
Today, the students are taking home a package of work, with a short reflection about the months of September and October in grade 1 and 2. Please use this as a prompt to talk to your son or daughter about their progress:
What is something that you've enjoyed at school?
What is something brand new that you have learned?
What are you proud of? (*stars)
What could you continue to work on? (*wishes)
Please remember that there are plenty of extension and homework activities that are linked at the bottom of the homepage. Also, I regularly Tweet links as we work throughout the day, so please scroll through the Twitter feed.
Looking forward to meeting with you all this week!
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.