A big part of our morning was focused on literacy. First, the students completed a spelling practice paper for morning work, then they worked on hard/soft c and g in Phonics. After this, we began a new reading selection in Junior Great Books. Ask your child about the poem "The Land of Nod" by Robert Louis Stevenson. While waiting for Ms. Fink, we practiced finger-spelling the Unit 22 spelling words in ASL. Try doing this at home!
There seemed to have been a bit of a hitch in yesterday's math lesson, so we did a bit of backtracking today. The first graders actually did draw quick pictures before recording 2-digit addition. The reason for doing this is to truly understand what is happening when you solve problems using the standard algorithm.
Before going to STEAM, we read the book Spoon during Quiet Time. The students have been working on a great project creating new animals in STEAM class. Unfortunately, Ms. Aldrin was disappointed by the amount of talking an inattention during class today. She and I are both sure that all the boys and girls in Room 104 will be on their best behavior next time.
During science, we checked on the sand and water vials the students prepared on Monday. It was very important not to shake the vials before observing them today. Almost everyone exhibited the self control necessary to do this. Ask your child what he/she observed in his/her vial. He/she should be able to tell you that silt is a rock even smaller than sand!.
Something didn't quite go as planned in yesterday's science activity, so we did it again today, too. The students cut and assembled to create dinosaur flip books. They then used the information in their books to solve riddles about dinosaurs. Finally, they each wrote a riddle for their teacher to solve. You should find the flip book in your child's home folder tonight.
We spent a little longer on science today so we had an abbreviated social studies lesson. What we did accomplish was learning some basic facts about India and reading the book Tigress. We will learn about a famous person from, and a famous place in, India tomorrow.