Welcome Back!

I hope everyone enjoyed their break. I’m always a little nervous coming back from a break. Some kids can handle a break and some forget the procedures/rules. Well that does not apply to this class. The kids were fantastic today! I think they really needed that break and they came back ready to work.

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We learned about doubles today during math. We watched a Brainpop Jr, made a doubles rap, and added the strategy to our Addition Strategies Mat. During math small groups the students made a doubles flip book to practice their doubles facts. They learned that doubles sums are always even numbers.

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Our writing mini lesson today was about stretching out words. The students should be writing their word wall words and 1st grade priority words correctly no matter what. However, when it comes to big words that they don’t know, they need to stretch out the sounds. I had Alanna share her writing today, because she did a fantastic job of adding detail to her story.

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During literacy small groups we worked on a number of things. The students read through their high frequency words, practiced spelling some words with the all sound in them, and worked on predicting. Before the students read their story they did a quick picture walk. This is where the students look through the book, but only at the pictures. It gets them thinking about what the story will be about. Then they predicted what they thought was going to happen in the story. After they read the story, they wrote what really happened in the story.

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To start off phonics, the students wrote their spelling words in their spelling notebook. They brought home their list today. During phonics, the students learned about the digraph sounds, th and sh. They came up with words that had the sounds in the beginning and end of the words. Then they did either the front side or the back side of Wild About Digraphs.

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We learned about nouns in grammar today. A noun is a person, place, thing, or animal. The students came up with different nouns for the categories.

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We learned about being different and alike during social studies. The students did an activity to find out how their classmates were different and alike. They walked around the room asking questions like, “Do you like to dance?” The lesson was teaching the students that it’s ok to be different, everyone is special in their own way.

*****Tomorrow night is Mcdonald’s Night.

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