I'm excited to talk about ocean animals this week! We will be working on comparing and contrasting. In these videos below you can look for all kinds of similarities and differences.
Below you'll find some games and videos to support this unit. Click on the pictures to visit the sites.
The videos were found on Youtube, but the links will take you to a safeshare.tv address, so students won't be distracted by other options on Youtube.
Dear First Grade Families,
In math we are learning how to use math facts we know to figure out related facts. One of the ways we do this is by learning about fact families.
A fact family is 3 numbers that go together to make 4 related facts:
4, 2, 6
4 + 2 = 6
2 + 4 = 6
6 - 2 = 2
6 - 4 - 2
Dominioes are a great tool you can use to practice this concept. If you don't have dominoes, you can print a set from this website:
Printable set of dominoes from this site: www.printableboardgames.net/dominoes
In class we did an activity to build number sentences. I wrote the three numbers from a fact family the symbols +, -, =, on post-it notes. The kids worked in teams to assemble the 4 number sentences that make sense. You might be surprised to know that the most challenging set was 4, 4, 0! (Zeroes are tricky!)
Here's a printable set of cards if you want to play at home. You could make it a game by making a number sentence with a mistake to see if the can fix it. Example: 5 - 4 = 9 They could fix it by switching the 5 and 9 or changing the sign. Have fun with it!
Place value is one of the most challenging concepts for kids to grasp. I have been scouring in the internet for fun, free, resources. I've found 5 computer games and 5 videos.
I found this game a long time ago. It's pretty easy for the kids to figure out, and I just realized how easy it is to differentiate. A number appears and the kids have to use the base 10 blocks to build it. You can click the numbers on the side to determine the difficulty. If you click the 1, only numbers with 1 digit will appear. If you click the 1 and the 10, numbers with 2 digits will appear. If you click only the 10, only multiples of 10 will appear. You get the idea.
Are all 1st graders obsessed with sharks? This game from ICT games definitely takes advantage of that. Count the blocks, find the number, and check. I like how the blocks are displayed because it encourages students to count quickly by looking for groups.
Kids like this because it feels more like a game. They have to shoot the fruit with the correct number. It's from Sheppard's Software.
This one is from ABC ya. Rather than starting with a clean slate each time, you need to decide whether to add or take away blocks to make the next number.
Another fun game from ABCya. Select the type of blocks you want to use (hundreds, tens, ones) count and mark spaces. Try to get BINGO!
This first video is an actual lesson.
These four videos have a fun beat, so kids can move and groove. They won't mind watching them multiple times.
I'm really looking forward to getting this year started! I have so many exciting ideas.
Please bookmark this site to use as a reference throughout the year. I like to use this blog to share the amazing things we're doing in class. I also post videos for students to watch, and I may also use it to connect you to great resources I discover.
As I consider the classroom and what happens there I have two primary goals.
1. To establish a supportive community where everyone feels valued and safe.
2. To instill a love of learning in each student.
Please don't hesitate to communicate with me throughout the year. I want to make sure your child's needs are met, so it's helpful to be informed. I hope you'll begin by filling out the beginning of year survey to help me get to know your child.
I just discovered this Youtube Channel. The kids were pretty excited to draw Pikachu today. This helps them develop so much more than just drawing skills. There are tons of different lessons. Get some paper and a pencil and try it right along with them! You'll have so much fun!
I'm very excited to be able to share an enormous list of fun things to do this summer. Another first grade teacher, Miss McCuddin, scoured the internet and Des Moines Parks and Rec for kid-friendly, free and low-cost activities to try this summer. There is information about splash parks, movies, classes, and events. I know I'll be looking for things to do with my own kids! Maybe I'll see you out and about! You can access her document here:
This is the result of a lesson we did focusing on the long i spelling patterns. (Long vowels say their names.) This can easily be done at home on a piece of paper, a white board, or with sidewalk chalk!
I gave the students a starting word: my. I gave them a few minutes to write words that rhymed with "my." Then I randomly selected students to share. I typed the list and projected it onto the whiteboard. As students shared words, I discussed the different spelling patterns and meanings. One nice feature of typing this list is that it's pretty easy to group the words. Once the students had shared their words, I started giving clues to other words for them to make spelling attempts. I give clues like--a way to cook an egg, or a word that means the opposite of wet.
Lots of students miss the words with the beginning blends like /dr/ or /fr/.
At the end of the lesson, we talked about how knowing these words can help us read so many other words
I never cease to be amazed by the poems first graders can write! So far we have learned:
Poets make comparisons.
Poems have line breaks.
Poets write about their 5 senses.
Poets use repetition to give their poems a beat.
Please leave us a comment with your thoughts!