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Today in First Grade
If you had 16 crayons and there were even amounts of two colors, how many of each color would you have?
We practiced L and R blends.
Group A: The Party Jobs: Making and Helping
Group B: Run, Rabbit, Run Birthday Cakes
Group C: Signs Animals and Their Babies
We will be working on doubles and math facts for a while. First, I again tried to explain how they can find a double when given the large number. You start with the number. Cut the ones in half and then the tens in half and figure out how much is in each half.
If you had 18 marbles to split between two people, how many would each person get.
The real topic for the day was the math facts strategy "Doubles + 1"
The idea is to see a double where there isn't one. So, if you are adding 4 + 5, then you should see it as
4 + (4 + 1). Very few of the children are getting the idea. It is a hard concept. The papers in the program are only confusing them. We were supposed to start Doubles - 1 tomorrow, but we may stay on Doubles + 1 for a long time. No sense moving on until they understand.
When we did our word play in the afternoon, the last word was monster. Most of the children spelled it monstr. I keep reminding them that ir, ur, er, and yr all make the same sound and are hard to hear, especially when it is at the end of a word.