Our focus during Readers Workshop has been understanding what we read. This week, we learned about some “tools” that can help us if we become confused about what we are reading.
Our first “tool” to help us understand what we are reading is to check if we are “getting” what’s happening. If we read a page and something doesn’t make sense, we can always go back and reread slowly and think about what is going on. We can even chat about what’s happening with our reading partners to make sure we’ve got it.
It is also important to make a movie in our minds as we read. Our movie can fill in the little parts that might be missing from the words and pictures in our story. It can also help us better understand what the characters are thinking about or feeling. We closed our eyes and turned on our movie cameras to help us imagine our Zelda and Ivy book as a movie with music, dialogue, and lots of emotion.
As our books get longer, they often include a lot of character dialogue. It’s important to stop and think about who is doing the talking. Sometimes the word “said” will help us figure out the character that is speaking, but other times we have to infer.
We were excited to write some small moment stories about the fun we had over spring break this week. Our first grade writers did a great job remembering some of the techniques that we used when writing stories way back in the fall: add a who, what, and where, add dialogue, add details, and add a special ending.
Our small moment story writing was excellent practice for our next genre of writing: realistic fiction. The kids are so excited to begin thinking up their own characters, problems, and solutions for the new stories we will write.
At the end of the week, we spent time writing a realistic fiction story together. We brainstormed the characters, setting, problem, and solution and sketched out each part of our story. Then, we added the words and details.
The kids are so excited to try out their own realistic fiction story next week!
We began our Unit 6 in math this past week. Our first grade mathematicians are now sorting, organizing, and comparing data.
To start things off, we learned how to take random data and record it on a chart or graph. Crossing out each object as we add it to our graph helps us to be accurate in our representation.
After graphing the information, we were able to notice many things about the data we were studying. Which group had the most? Which group had the fewest? How many in all? And, we were also able to make comparisons – how many more or how many fewer. To compare our data, we drew matching pairs and then circled the magic number.
The magic number represents the difference between the two groups being compared. No matter if we are comparing how many more or how many fewer – the number is always the same (that’s why it’s magic!).
April 17 – Library Day
April 19 – Scholastic Book Orders Due
May 20 – Zoo Field Trip
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