Friday, June 7, 2019

Practicing with Money and Time

We are spending the end of the year practicing in math with money and time. The emphasis in first grade math is on operational skills and number sense, but money and time are important real life skills.

Learning about Money

Much of our math work relates to money and makes learning about and utilizing money much easier, such as skip counting by 5s and 10s, and switching between skip counting and counting by 1s, for example: 5, 10. 15, 20, 21, 22, 23.

We learned a money game today called Race to 25¢

In this game you spin a spinner and add that many pennies. When you get 5 pennies you can trade them in for a nickel. You continue this until you have traded in enough for 5 nickels. You can then trade the 5 nickels for a quarter. The first person to get a quarter wins the game!

We have done some explorations with the different coins and we have learned some poems about each coin to help us remember each coin's value. Race to 25¢ will be coming home in your child's Friday folder today so you can play at home. Money is a great skill to be practicing over the summer.

Kids playing money game

Kids playing money game

Kids playing money game

Kids playing money game

Kids playing money game

Money game board

Money game board

Learning about Time

We have spent a lot of time this year learning about time in math. The expectation for first graders is telling time to the hour and half hour. All of our students are consistently telling time to the hour but we are continuing to practice with the half hour. We will continue this work until the end of the year. We are also learning about how long a second, minute, and hour are and thinking about how long different kinds of activities take. For example it only takes 1 second to knock down a block tower. It takes 1 minute to build a block tower. We are also learning about the times of the day. You might eat breakfast at 8:00 am and you should be in bed by 8:00 pm.




Thursday, May 16, 2019

20 Day Countdown

It's hard to believe, but we only have 20 school days left of 1st grade!

Countdown bulletin board

We started our 20 Day Celebration of You countdown today. Each student made a poster with a cool picture and some writing about what they are most proud of from 1st grade.






students' posters

student posters

I think the pictures are super cute so here is a link to the folder of them in case you want to save any. 

Each day, we take one of the posters and everyone gets a chance to write a note about that person- something they like about them, something they like to do with them, etc. The finished poster hangs in the hallway all day and then, that student gets to bring it home!

20 days left poster

This parent calendar will be coming home in students' Friday folders. I've highlighted the events that are specific to our class. 

end of year calendar

Monday, May 6, 2019

Poetry Chair Theater

Today we participated in Chair Theater with our learning buddies in Ms. Bergstrom's class! What is chair theater? It's when 1 person reads a poem or story, and you act it out without leaving your chair.

We practiced chair theater a couple of times inside, but then we took advantage of the beautiful weather and did our own chair theater outside, using the wonderful natural elements in our playground.



Chair theater is a great way to practice fluency, listening skills, and interpreting stories or poem, among other skills.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Book Clubs

We started a new reading unit this week learning about nonfiction books. In this unit the students are divided into different "Book Clubs" and the kickoff was very exciting! Earlier this week students had a chance to browse nonfiction books and make a list of different topics they would be interested in learning more about. From these lists, students were placed into different Book Clubs. We found lots of books on each topic and every day students will spend some time in their Book Club during Reader's Workshop.

Nonfiction children's writing  has come so far in the past few years. This unit explores reading nonfiction books cover to cover, instead of using nonfiction books simply as reference books to look up specific facts from. James Holzhauer (the current Jeopardy champ) has attributes his Jeopardy skills to reading nonfiction children's books!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Reviewing the Zones

This is a great time of year at school with a lot of celebrations and excitement! That makes it an ideal time to review the Zones of Regulation.

The Zones of Regulation is a framework for students that helps them self-regulate and practice self-control.

We started the week by reviewing what the zones.

Green Zone- calm and ready to learn!
Yellow Zone- excited, silly, "up" in some way.
Blue Zone- tired, sad, "down" is come way.
Red Zone- mad or not in control.

Zones posters 

Then we thought about feelings associated with the different zones and ways that the zones present in our bodies.

Zones feelings

Next we identified tools to help us "get to green" (move from the blue, yellow, or red zone back to the green zone).

Student work- tools   Student work- tools  Student work- tools
Every morning students check in by moving their clothes pin to the zone they feel that day. We start our day with "get to green" time so every student has a chance to use their tools to become ready to learn for the day at school. 

morning zone check in
It's great to use the Zones of Regulation at home, too. Look for your child's "tools" paper in their Friday folder this week. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fluffy Slime Sunband Celebration

Today we made Fluffy Slime as a celebration for filling our class sun band jar. Students earn sun bands when they are safe, kind, and responsible at school. When out class sun band jar is full we have a class sun band celebration and we empty our jar into the school jar. When the school jar is full we have a school wide celebration! Today we made slime in our classroom for our class celebration. Tomorrow we are turning Summit Street School into a Cineplex where students will get to go to different classrooms to watch movies!

Many students wanted me to send the fluffy slime recipe home, so I have linked the slime website.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Relational Math Continued and April Break Homework

We have been doing some amazing math in first grade! We have been applying all of our addition and subtraction strategies to story problems and looking at the different problem types.

Math problem type chart

In some of our work we had vague information and had so come up with many plausible answers. For example, we might have been told that a wildlife biologist collected 10 penguin feathers and that some were white and some were black. We then had to come up with all of the different combinations that were possible.

We realized that there were lots of ways to make 10 and that we could set up equations with expressions on both sides of an equals sign, for example, 5+5 = 7+3. We used relational thinking to come up with many equations that equaled the same amount. We started by using our number racks. We would make an equation for 10, like 5+5. Then we would slide one bead away on the top rack and have to slide a new one over on the bottom to keep the total the same. We did this for many different sums.
number rack 1
This number rack shows 10+3 = 13

Number rack 2
This number rack shows 9+4=13. We used relational thinking to come up with a new equation for 13. 
true false equations

We then learned a new math workplace called True or False where students use cards to make equations and then have to use their relational thinking to decide is the equation is true or false. After a student uses relational thinking, they double check the equation by solving both sides.

student work

student work

Students at math workplace

April break homework
Look for the April break homework, coming home today (Wednesday). As always, the homework is to read every day. I've included some additional homework options and math games, too!

Bonus recess picture- we got a new piece of equipment!recess

Practicing with Money and Time

We are spending the end of the year practicing in math with money and time. The emphasis in first grade math is on operational skills and nu...