Here's what's been going in on the classroom :
Reading : The students did some very high level inferring with poetry last week. We read poems that seemed to make no sense whatsoever at first, but then we worked together to make our way through the poets' rich language to infer what he/she was describing. The students did a really nice job sticking with it and not giving up!
Writing : The students continued writing their nonfiction all about books last week. They have learned that nonfiction authors show information in many different ways than fiction authors tend to do. The students have been creating diagrams, using labels, researching photographs to include, and using captions. This week, we'll focus on choosing important words in the students' books to include and define in their glossaries.
Math : We started the week learning about digital vs analog clocks. Then, we wrapped up the rest of unit 7 by reviewing function machines and math fact strategies. This week we'll be diving into a unit all about geometry!
Science : Last week, we focused a lot on the relationships (or lack of relationships) between adult and young animals. Then we started to compare and contrast young and adult animals of the same species. The students used their chromebooks to research an animal of their choice to determine the similarities and differences. Then, the students presented their findings to the class.
Chromebook Cousins : Last week was the third week that we teamed up with Ms. O'Reilly's kindergarten class to teach them a little bit about chromebooks. The students have really gotten into a nice routine and worked together so nicely this week. We heard the kindergarteners needed some practice making capital letters on the chromebooks (and first graders needed some practice figuring out where capital letters should be), so we worked together to edit some writing. It's such a nice way to end the week, with the first grade students taking an active role in teaching the kindergartners (and getting some practice in, themselves, too).
Sorry, no pictures from this week. Come back next week for some pictures of the students doing their Earth Day projects!