This week we spent a lot of time editing our Spanish animal reports. We discussed that a good writer must at times rewrite their piece many times before it’s ready to publish. We also discussed that publishing or publicando is the last step before their writing is read by their public. When something is published it must be perfect and without errors. We will be displaying our finished reports next week!
The story we read together as a class was called El cangrejo armitaño or The Hermit Crab.
This was an example of expository writing or escritura explicativa. We were able to compare this type of writing to our animal report which is also expository writing. We also discussed drawing conclusions as a type of a reading comprehension skill. The children learned that sometimes the author of a book will not give us all of the information but we must draw a conclusion from what is written. In Spanish this is called sacar conclusiones. We practiced drawing conclusions with this story.
The kiddos also spent time this week learning about nouns or sustantivos/nombres. We reviewed that a noun is a persona/person, lugar/place or objeto/thing. We then practiced identifying nouns in various sentences.
To finish off the week and reinforce our knowledge of nouns we had a fun noun scavenger hunt or búsqueda del tesoro de nombres. Ask your kiddo about it!
In math we finished our chapter on numbers through 40. The kiddos did very well on their chapter test, and I’m so proud of them!
We also played a math matching game where the kids had to match a regular number with its word form, base ten form and a math equation that represented the number.
The children also took the pretest for chapter 13 that we will be beginning next week.
Social Studies & Science
On Mon., Feb. 8, we will be going on a field trip to Aladdin Theater in Portland to see the Bodyology show. This relates to our Human Body Domain that is being covered by Ms. Leann during health. We will meet directly there at 9:45. As usual, families should arrange their own transportation. I sent home a permission slip on Friday. It would be great to get those back at the beginning of next week. I hear great things about this show, sounds like it makes an impression on the students.
In First Grade art we looked at Pablo Picasso’s “Bull’s Head” which is a sculpture made out of an old bicycle seat and handlebars. The students learned that even famous artists can use recycled materials to create art. We then discussed robots, and I showed the students how to use plastic berry boxes, popsicle sticks, plastic caps, etc. to make a robot figure. Although the basic shapes are the same, each robot has its own very creative personality!