We communicated with THREE different children's book authors this week on Twitter, pretty cool huh?! Adam Lehrhaupt @Lehraupt is the author of 'Warning! Do Not Open This Book!' a favourite of ours because it's silly. It's a lot of fun to read with Voice - danger, quiet, urgency, fear, scheming - so many voices we can use! Peter H. Reynolds @peterhreynolds author of the Dot favourited some of our Dot Day tweets and Todd Parr @ToddParr favourited some of our Writer's Workshop pieces.
Todd is a favourite author of mine - he writes purposeful picture books, with easy text, colourful images and meaningful big ideas. This week we read Reading Makes you Feel Good - to support what we've learned about making good book choices. Afterwards, students went to their writing journals and wrote their own page for the book; they were asked, "Why do YOU read", and "What do you read that makes YOU feel good?" I took a few pictures and tweeted a few tweets ... and Todd Parr, took the time to favourite them :) So cool when we can connect with other authors, because it gives purpose to our writing! Todd has a new picture book out and it's available in SeeSaw this month! "It's OK to make mistakes"
D.E.A.R. time is Drop Everything and Read time! We have a theme song and every time students hear it, they stop what they're doing, choose a good book (we've practised various ways to make good choices), and settle in to read independently. We've got couches, benches, pillows, carpets and mats in addition to all our table groups - there's lots of space for everyone to get comfy and read! I rotate around to ask students 1) How did you choose this book? 2) How are you reading this book? - we learned this week that there are three ways to read a book. You can read the words (or play I Spy with the ones you do know how to read), you can read the pictures and tell your own story, or you can pick a familiar book and retell the story using both the words and the pictures! As your son or daughter 'reads' at home, ask them which of the three ways they are reading - words, pictures or retelling?!
'Visualizing' is a comprehension strategy that we're practising as we read aloud from Wind in the Willows. After reading the paragraph that described Toad Hall, students went to their Writing Journals to draw their mental pictures and write about it.
Poetry & Songs Folder is a new routine we've started. We read the poem 'September' on chart paper together, added a copy of our poem to our Folder and then drew and wrote about our Visualizations. Students had the opportunity to sit in "The Author's Chair" to show how they understood the poem. It's interesting because we all have different schema (prior knowledge) so all our images were really different!
This week we started using Snap Cubes to help us with Number Sense. For example - for the number 11, we locked 11 cubes together and then 'cracked the train' to break it into two parts; we then counted the two parts to see how many were in each group. This helps students understand the part+part=whole relationship; 11 can be 9+2, 8+3, 7+4 etc. While the grade ones were encouraged to simply explore with the snap cubes, the grade twos were challenged to find EACH and EVERY possible combination. Soon, we will work all the up to #20!
To reinforce the strategies we've been learning about, we played Math Games on the interactive SmartBoard. 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! Please play this game - with all the different settings (How Many?, Build, Fill, Add) - with your son or daughter at home. This will help with quick number facts, memorization, relating #s to anchors '5' and '10'. For example, in 'How Many?' if you see a row of five and a row of three, that illustrates that 8 is three more than 5, or 5 is three less than 8, or 8 is two less than 10, or 10 is two more than 8. LOTS of practice with counting, addition and subtraction skills in this one!
*You can find more games like these on the Links - Extra Practice page.
Dot Day was so much fun! We listened to the bouncing dot song as we rotated through three stations 1) respect as we took turns adding dots to our HUGE dot painting 2) number sense and writing as we created dot pictures with stickers and wrote about them and 3) cooperation as we used our dot shaped manipulatives (corks, bungs, film canisters etc) to build dot themed structures! (check our private Instagram page hpas.kellys.class
Terry Fox Walk is THIS MONDAY! Fundraising packages came home this weekend. If you are able, please take the time to donate online or you can always send in your small change collection :)
Community Circle; Friday afternoon we had another problem solving meeting as a community. Please encourage your son or daughter to come to me if they have ANY questions, problems, or worries about school. I'm here to help them problem solve :)
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.