Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013

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Today in First Grade


We practiced L and R blends.

Reading Groups:

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 16 crayons and there were even amounts of two colors, how many of each color would you have?

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.

Word Play:

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.

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