Here's what we were working on in the classroom last week:
Reading : After the students learned about the difference between 'real reading' and 'fake reading' (see my last blog post if you don't know what I'm talking about), we moved on to learning about ways that the students can do deeper level thinking about books. So far, we've talked about using your schema. In the classroom, we say that schema is 'what you know' about something. Before reading, it's always a good idea to activate your schema, or prior knowledge, about the topic of what you're going to read. Doing this will set you up for having a much deeper understanding about what you're going to read. It also allows for your mind to take in, and learn, new information much more readily.
Writing : The students have been doing a fabulous job writing their how to books. Last week, the students published their pieces! This week, we'll move on to our next writing unit, which is all about opinion writing.
Math : Last week, we focused on place value. So far we've only talked about ones and tens. We'll add the hundreds place in a little later this year.
Social Studies : We wrapped up our geography unit last week by talking about the continent, country, state, and town that we live in.
Technology : Last week, the students learned all about Google Drawings. They'be become experts with Google Docs, so we've moved on to learning about how to navigate a new app! The students created number bonds and an 'Unlucky Friday the 13th' drawing.
Here are a few pictures from last week: