Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We are still practicing the 5 phonics skills and how to put endings on them.

Reading Groups:

Group A:       The Hungry Farmer

Group B:       Hiding in the Sea     

Group C:       Sarah and Will        Walking Up Walls


Math:
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Today we put more time into the concept we worked on yesterday.  Today we looked at it from a different point of view.  We know how to list the ways to make a small number -- like the ways to make 9 are  0 + 9,  1 + 8,  2 + 7,  etc... (Like in the picture above.)   Now we are just doing the same thing with the numeral that is in the tens place.  While the numeral in the ones place just stays the same, since we are only changing the tens.  Each time we take a ten off one side, we have to add it to the other side where the ones are.    
This concept is going to take quite a long time for some of the students to learn.  Some understand, but many students are still getting the tens and ones all mixed up.  We will stay on this idea and keep practicing it for a while.   



Word Play:

In our word play we did the word "because."  I explained how it is a compound word made from "be" and "cause."  So when we say "because,"  we are giving a reason or cause for something being the way it is.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we practiced adding the ending "ing" to four of the different kinds of words.  It is almost the same as adding  "ed".


1- If there is only one consonant at the end, the consonant must be doubled, or the vowel of the ending will make the other vowel say its long sound instead of its short sound. 

2-  If there are two consonants at the end of a short-vowel word, then all you do is add the  "ing" at the end.

4-  If there is a quiet  "e" at the end, then the "e" must be removed before putting the "ing" onto the word.  

5-  If there are adjacent vowels in the word, then all you have to do is add the  "ing"  at the end.


Reading Groups:

Group A:    Sharks

Group B:    The Three Little Pigs

Group C:     Mr. Wolf Leaves Town       Erik and the Three Goats


Math:

This was the beginning of the lesson showing that we can represent numbers many different ways.  

Then the introductory question of this section was so difficult that I had to plot it all out and explain every step to the children.  The idea is that we can represent the same number  by changing some of the tens into ones.   So 98 could be 9 tens and 8 ones, or it could be 8 tens and 19 ones, or it could be 7 tens and 28 ones, or it could be 6 tens and 38 ones,  etc...


Here we are trying to use some tens and ones manipulatives to help understand.


Only one child in the class caught onto the idea.  I will be presenting the idea in a different way tomorrow to try to help more students understand.

We also talked about a Venn Diagram.

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After lunch we had an assembly that mostly addressed the spelling bee, the parent night coming up before too long, and concerns and hope for the young girl in our school who has cancer.  


There is a good movie about a girl who participates in a national spelling bee.  I am not advertising the movie, but if you go to this site and watch the preview, (or IMDB) then you will have a tiny idea of what a spelling bee is like (except ours is not so formal as a national spelling bee.)  We will be sending home a list of the words for this spelling bee tomorrow to start studying.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqzwtJCjCNI


Also, remember to keep track of student reading on the forms we have sent home.  Here is an example of a kite that you could earn with all that reading.  (Its big!)


Today was early out.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we talked about how to add  "ed" to the end of words.   

1- If there is only one consonant at the end, it must be doubled, or the vowel of the ending  will make the other vowel say its long sound instead of its short sound. 

2-  If there are two consonants at the end of a short-vowel word, then all you do is add the  "ed" at the end.

4-  If there is a quiet  "e" at the end, then the "e" must be removed (or obsorbed into the "ed") so that you do not have  "ee"  together.   (  yes "ed" --  not "eed" )

5-  If there are adjacent vowels in the word, then all you have to do it add the  "ed"  at the end.


Reading Groups:

Group A:     Dinner by Five

Group B:     Growing Tomatoes

Group C:     Rainforest Plants     Sebastian's New Sister


Math:

Today we used tens and ones to build and take apart numbers up to 100.


Drama:

Because we have missed our drama activities for the last couple of weeks, we were able to have one today.  It was a really good activity about using inflection in our voices to make what we say sound like statements, questions, or exclamations.  She talked about punctuation and then they did and said silly things to practice making the sound of the sentences match the punctuation.


Spelling Words:

These are our spelling words and the discussion we had while we were learning and practicing them.


Math Game:

We ended the day with a fun math activity that I call "Hundred Board Bingo."   It is very simple and low-pressure.   We plan to play it several more times.  It helps the children learn to read, say, and recognize the order of numbers up to 100.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Today was the 100th day of school.  We now have 100 tally marks, made a dollar from all our change, moved our numerals into the hundreds' place, and filled our hundred chart.

Phonics:

We are still practicing the five skills before we move on.  It is a lot to remember and we need to know them well before we move on.

Reading Groups:

Group A:    Maps

Group B:    The Train Race

Group C:     My Trip      Baby Bear Goes Visiting


Math:

Last Friday we practiced using tens and ones to build and take apart numbers between 10 and 20.

Today we did the same things, except that we used larger numbers (between 1 and 50.)


Spelling Bee:

Our school district has a spelling Bee each year.  We have decided to participate.   The words are somewhat difficult (it is a Spelling Bee.)  I will be sending home a list of the words with any child that would like to try learning them and competing.  We will have our class spelling competitions next week.  I think that the school's competition is a week or two after that.  We will be having an assembly about it on Wednesday.  I will give you more information by then.

Science Fair:

We also have the science fair coming up.  Each person in First Grade should do a science presentation for it.  Making a presentation will be easier for 1st graders than an experiment.  I will be sending home a list of subjects to choose from.   Some of them will be: the water cycle, a life cycle of some animal such as a butterfly or a frog, different types of soil, weather,  parts of plants or what makes plants grow,  and more to choose from.  I will be giving more information later.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 24, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We haven't been learning new phonics concepts because we are still practicing the five phonic skills we have learned.  We don't want to move on until we know them well.  We are practicing them every day.

One guardian consonant
Two guardian consonants
No guardian consonants
Quiet E on the end
Adjacent vowels

We will probably be on these for a while before we move on.

Reading Groups:

Group A:     That Cat!

Group B:     Fishing

Group C:     Spiders


Math:


We are still learning to make numbers with tens and ones.  This is a hard concept for many to learn. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We practiced decoding words from all five phonetic skills that we have learned so far.  (one guarding consonant,  two guarding consonants,  only one vowel with no guarding consonants,  a quiet e on the end,  and  adjacent vowels)  We are also practicing putting endings like  ing,  ed, er, and  est  onto words.

Reading Groups:

Group A:   Mighty Machines

Group B:   Gymnastics

Group C:   Reptiles


Math:

We have been practicing two things.  1-  How number patterns go together when counting up to 100 or more, especially when seen on a hundred board. 


So we have been practicing figuring out the missing numbers by looking at the other numbers and figuring out the pattern to find the missing numbers.

And 2- We are also practicing representing numbers in tens and ones.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we sorted words according to long-vowel sounds and short-vowel sounds.

Reading Groups:

Group A:       People Who Keep You Safe

Group B:      Working with Dad

Group C:      Scare and Dare        Great Day


Math:

We didn't have a lot of time for math today.  First I tried to show how base ten works by using tens and ones.  I drew bars of tens and ones and then changed one of the tens for ten ones.

Then we practiced making simple two-digit numbers using ten frames and ten bars and ones.  The children were using manipulatives at their tables.



Then Mrs. B gave a lesson and read a book about being able to cope with change and challenges in life.

It was early out.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014


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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We did a worksheet to practice the five different word making skills we have learned so far:
1- One consonant that guards a short vowel.    (ham,  mat,  sit,  bug,  hid)
2- Two consents that guard a short vowel.  (rock,  bath,  with,  dish)
3- No consonants or anything following a vowel.  The vowel would make the long sound.  (go,  he,  we,  she, ho, I, sky)
4- A quiet "e" at the end with a consonant that it "jumps over" to make the other vowel say the long sound.  (cake,  made,  bike,  tide,  hose, bride.) 
5- Adjacent vowels, two vowels right next to each other where the second one is quiet and the first makes the long sound. (rain,  teeth,  boat,  blue,  lie.)

Reading Groups:   
(I am sorry that I have been forgetting to take a picture of the books.  I will try harder to remember.)

Group A:   People Who Save Animals

Group B:    Going Shopping     The Lost Mother

Group C:     Who's That Knocking?

Math:

 Today we learned about counting by 10.  We counted by ten starting with 0...10...20...30...40...50...
And we counted by ten starting with any other number  2...12...22...32...42...52...62...    or  9...19...29...39...49...59...  We also started with larger numbers like 54...64...75...84...   And we did it all the way up to 120.  


Word Play:

Our word play did words that made the long O sound.   We have learned four "official" ways that we can make the long O sound.  We will learn a couple more ways later. 

Our spelling words for the week:


Monday, January 20, 2014

January 17, 2014

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Today in First Grade

This is one of the things we do each morning at the beginning of school

Today we spent our morning on a field trip.  We learned about music and how it makes us smart.  We were back to the school in time for lunch.  

Here is our class playing a game during P.E.



We had library, but there was no drama today.
We watched a movie about the water cycle and had our end of the week spelling test. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 16, 2019



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Today in First Grade


Math:

First, we did a little practice with expanded form.


We spent a lot of time on our new math unit today.  We started by sitting on the rung and doing lots of counting patterns together with our fingers and hands.

We then did a worksheet to help us see where numbers are in relationship to each other on a hundred chart.


We also did a paper about counting patterns.  We wrote numbers counting forwards and backwards.  (Many had to learn the meaning of those two words.  Backwards is like going in the direction of our back.  Forwards is like going in the direction of our forehead.)   

The hardest part was learning how to write numbers that were larger than 100.   When the number was one hundred ten, they were writing  10010, or 1001, or 1010.  Writing the number, one hundred one, was quite a dilemma for them?  Was it 110? 111?  011?  0101? 



I tried to explain how we could use the place-value system (that we have been using each morning with our number-of the-day) to help us write new numbers.  

Reading Groups:

Group A:    Sleeping Animals

Group B:    Alphabet Party       My Brother's Birthday

Group C:    The Busy Harvest     The Fox and the Crow


In the afternoon, the principal came in and read with them.



He then had them write about cats.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014



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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We put  "ing"  on the end of adjacent-vowel words.  We also compared some words that are easily confused with each other to help their vocabulary grow.  

Reading Groups:

Group A:      Looking for Fang

Group B:      Too many Animals      Where Do You Live?

Group C:      The Giant Gingerbread Man         


Math:

We started a new unit today.  This unit covers learning numbers up to 120, counting patterns, grouping objects into tens and ones to form numbers in base ten, being able to break numbers apart to represent them in groups of tens and ones, and being able to write numbers in simple expanded form.


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After lunch we had a small assembly about respect.

Today was early out.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014



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We discussed how a double means cutting something in half.  Half of 4 is 2 and 2.  Since we just passed the halfway point of school, we showed that 90 and 90 make the full 180 days of school.  And since most months have 30 days, we can figure that 15 is the middle point of most months since 15 and 15 make 30.

We are also starting to talk about simple expanded form, showing how many tens and ones are in a number.

Phonics:

Today we talked about how to add  "ing"  to words with adjacent vowels.  
--We don't need to add another consonant to protect a short vowel, since there is no short vowel.  
--We don't need to throw away the "e" on the end so that there is not an "ei" together, because there is no "e" on the end. 
--All we need to do is put the "ing" on the end--that is all!

Reading Groups:

Group A:      Plants on My Plate

Group B:      Shadow Puppets

Group C:      The Fourth of July          Why People Move


Math:

Today we finished our unit of math about ways to add and subtract numbers, and using math facts.



Our math on the board today is mixed with many other things:
How to split 12 into halves.
The difference between fur and fir.
That storks often build nests on people's chimneys in Europe, and why the birds don't burn up, or why the houses don't fill with smoke.
How to do a math problem about splitting the number 15.
How to model a math problems about one person having three, the other person having five more than the first person, and how many they have together.
And the difference between the words road and rowed.


We had fun reading the story  "The Fox and the Stork"  together.  --(Thus the discussion about storks on chimneys.)

Spelling words for this week are: