In first/second grade we just wrapped up our math unit on organizing and interpreting data. As a final project, students worked in pairs to poll the school about their favorite weekend activity. Then they coordinated with their partner to turn their survey results into two, three, or four column graphs. Some of the most popular weekend activities included legos, playing outside, and sleeping. Up next in math: addition, subtraction and the number system with even BIGGER numbers!
In first/second grade, we are currently thinking about how to collect, organize and compare data. Each morning as students enter our classroom, they respond to a different question in graph form so we can discuss and compare the daily results. Students are also working with Yekti (alien) cards to organize the aliens according to specific properties and play “Guess My Rule.” They have categorized their information in circles, Venn diagrams, and bar graphs. Tomorrow, students will work in groups to develop surveys for the school. After they gather their data, they will be able to choose what kind of graph will best organize their findings.
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!