Take a look at our learning last week:
We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see how nonfiction books work differently than fiction stories. We noticed features that could help us to understand what we were reading better.
We are just getting started with a new writing unit: How To. We noticed this week that How To writing teaches us how to do something.
We then practiced writing a How To as a whole class. We wrote How To Sharpen a Pencil. As a class we thought of all the materials you would need and the steps in order. Before we wrote our steps, we drew a teaching picture for each step and then wrote our steps out.
This week, we introduced our first graders to a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″. For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13. Since the total, 13, is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3. Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate. We will spend much of our math time next week working with this new strategy as it is still very new and fragile.