Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

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Today in First Grade


Today we did a worksheet that had a long list of words.  We had to look closely at each word and then decide if it had one guarding consonant, two guarding consonants, or no guarding consonants.   

Reading Groups:

Group A:       A Little Green Man Visits a Farm

Group B:       Sleeping Animals    People Who Keep Us Safe

Group C:      Using Magnets     People Who Use Magnets


Today we talked about and practiced making Related Fact Sentences (Fact Families.)
1-  There are four math sentences in each Fact Family.
2-  A Fact Family uses the same three numbers in all four math sentences.
3-  There are two addition sentences and two subtraction sentences.
4-  Something that is hard for the children to understand and remember is that the subtraction sentences begin with the big number because we are taking the big number apart into two smaller groups (sets).

Here is an example of a problem where we had to figure out which math sentence did not fit into the fact family and why.


I must say that the children have really risen to the challenge of their spelling words this week.  Most of them can spell could, would, and should correctly.  I am very proud of their efforts!


We had a lesson about prewriting.  Prewriting is getting ideas and writing notes to help us write a story later.  We used a video about a girl, her mother, and a rainstorm that came on a very hot day.   We took notes and then let the notes help us rewrite our own version of the story.   

Here are some notes that we used to remember the story and put it into our own words.  I think that most of the students had fun writing the story.  Only two struggled.  We are looking forward to our next writing lesson.  We will try to have a writing lesson each Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

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