Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:        We practiced the letter Ss and made words that have an s in them.  

Reading Groups:

Group A:    Under the Sky    ( worm, soil, flower)

Group B:    To the Ocean     (ocean, mountains, streams, waterfall)

Group C:     The Magnifying Glass   
                      Where are the Seeds?
                      Where is Water?


We had a lesson about the words horizontal and vertical.  We then played the game "Simon says horizontal or vertical."  If teacher says vertical, you stand tall.  If teacher says horizontal, you lie on the floor.  We had fun! 

We followed this game with a lesson about being able to write math equations in either horizontal form (that we had used so far), or in vertical form.

We practiced writing equations both horizontal and vertical.  Then we practiced with some worksheets.

After lunch we did lots of good learning stuff.  When we did our word play activity, we used letters to make words with the digraph ck.  So we had a lesson about how and why to use ck.  

If we end a word with k, and the word has a short vowel, it seems to work at first.  But what if we need to put an ending "ing" or "ed" on the word.  Then the vowel in the ending could jump over one consonant to give power to the other vowel to make it have the long sound.  We can block the vowels from jumping by putting two letters between them, often by doubling the letter.  So, we could put kk to keep the vowels apart.  That seems to work, however, someone somewhere said that we shouldn't put two k's together.  So that won't work.  So we had the idea to put  c and  k together (since they have the same sound) like this -- kc.  That seems to work.  It does keep the vowels apart.  However, this causes a problem with the c rule that says  e  and  i  change  c  to the sound of an s.  What are we going to do now?  Then some children had the idea to change the kc to ck.  Great idea!  It works.  So whenever a word ends with k, if there is a short vowel, then we need to put  c  in front of the k.  

We ended the last ten minutes watching a movie about the sun.  We have finished with the moon for now and have moved on to the sun.

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