• Using Tools to Help Our Work

This week we focused on using tools that help us to solve problems and make our work easier.  We used tools in reading, writing and math.

Using the Snap Word Tool

We used a snap word chart to warm up before reading.  When we begin our reading with consistent practice of snap words, we start to know them by heart and this makes our reading more fluent.  We are very proud of all of the snap words that we have learned so far.  Our snap word tool can be found in our reading bags.

Using Tools for Writing

We used the same snap word tool to help write sentences in our writing.  We also used a writing checklist.  The writing checklist has important parts of writing that we are beginning to include in our stories such as a sequence, some details, and spacing between our words.  When we use the checklists, we look honestly at our pieces and decide if we are including those parts or not.  This helps us to find ways to make our work even better.

Using Tools to Learn About Numbers to Twenty

We are returning to number concepts with a very close study of the numbers between ten and twenty.  We are using dice, number lines, and charts to recognize and name the numbers.  For counting and grouping the numbers we are using all kinds of manipulatives (counters) such as tiles, gems, and animal toys.  Our best manipulatives are our fingers.  We are using them to count by ones, fives, and tens.

Naming and finding the numbers can be tricky because it is easy to mix up where the one is placed.  We are learning that the teens start with a one (which is actually a ten).  We are also learning how to pronounce the thirteen and the fourteen because that "th" can sometimes come out like an "f"! Who chose such similar names for those two numbers?

Teamwork and Equal Force

We used our growing teamwork skills to pull a rubberband around a cup with only a string to pull.  We were quick to discover that this task requires equal force from all.

We used the same arrows and ways of showing force from last week (on the left) to write about our experiment this week (on the right).