We are playing lots of math games in first/second grade in order to become more fluent and efficient at adding and subtracting within 100. These games are simple, quick, and easy to play at home with everyday objects. One of our new favorites is Collect $1.00. Students play with a partner, roll two dice, and collect coins until they reach $1.00. After each turn, students record the number they rolled and add that number to their to their coin total. Then, they work together to discuss what trades they could make. If you have any extra time over winter break, this is a game really worth playing with your child!
Today we wrapped up our informational writing unit in first/second grade with a writing share celebration! Fifth grade students, who also just completed an informational writing unit, came to our classroom to share their writing. The first/second grade students were also able to share their “expert” information papers with the fifth graders! In first/second grade, our information writing unit included a focus on audience, word choice, and text features. You can click here to see the chapters in the first/second grade students’ books. Everyone at the celebration, including all of the teachers, learned a lot by listening to the student writers’ expert work!
As part of our unit of study around nonfiction, we read an amazing biography the other day called Snowflake Bentley. Snowflake Bentley is the story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont. Bentley loved snowflakes more than anything else in the world and used a special microscope/camera to capture images of snowflakes and document their great beauty and variety. The story was a great example of one of our class mottos: Never give up! In first/second grade we also worked very hard to create our own very complicated snowflakes out of paper to decorate our classroom. We also watched a slideshow of some of Bentley’s snowflake photos, which you can see here.
In first/second grade students are working on addition and subtraction by playing a fun and very useful game in math called Close to 20. You can play this game at home with your child using a standard deck of playing cards (designate jacks as zero, aces as one, queens as 10 and kings as wild cards). Students pick three numbers from their hand of five cards to add together. The object of the game is to make each play add up to as close as 20 as possible. Students “earn” a point for each number they are away from 20 in their number string and the player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins. Enjoy!
In this week’s Mystery Science lesson, first/second grade students discovered more about melting and the solid and liquid states of matter. For this exploration, students learned why and how plastic was invented and then worked as teams to test the “meltable” property of different types of candy (since we did not want to actually experiment with melting plastic in the classroom!). Click here to see the links we shared about people melting glass, metal, and wax. Next week will be our final week to focus on properties of matter. First/second grade students will learn more about how new materials are invented and they will create designs for inventions that use a futuristic material.
After several weeks of practice and hard work, students in first/second grade shared their class play, The Ugly Pumpkin, at our school-wide assembly this afternoon. They really worked together as a team and did an amazing job! Click here to see the actors of first/second grade in action.
Students at SES celebrated SPARKLING vocabulary words on Friday by dressing up in costume and labeling themselves with one very descriptive and interesting word. Words in first/second grade included imperturbable, imaginary, desirous, infrastructure, dazzling, and stealthy. Click here to see more photos of first/second grade students in costume.