This week in math, we continued to explore how addition and subtraction are related by learning about fact families.
This week in reading, we talked about the importance of looking at and studying the pictures in nonfiction texts because we can learn a lot just from the pictures. After looking at the photograph of a bald eagle, we were able to answer questions about the eagle by only using the photograph. The next way, we read a book about bald eagles and added additional information that we found within the text.
This week we began using strategies to help us solve subtraction problems. We have practiced counting on and counting back using our fingers, number lines, and hundred charts. We also learned that when you subtract a number that is the same as the whole the answer is always zero ("when the number is the same, zero is the game") & that when you subtract zero from the number stays the same.
Last week, we added another tool to our reading toolbox - making inferences. Readers make inferences to help them better understand the text. An inference is when you take clues from the text or pictures and use your background knowledge (schema) to understand what is not said in the text. Last week we used our schema and facial expressions in the illustrations to infer character feelings. This week, while reading the book, Where Are You Going, Manyoni?, we used text/picture clues and our schema to infer the meaning of an unknown word.
We recently wrapped up our study of time. In first grade, we practice telling and writing time to the hour and half hour. While drawing time to half-hour, we focused on drawing the hour hand halfway between the two hours, just like it is on a real clock. Some vocabulary we used: analog clock, digital clock, hour hand, minute hand, hour, half-hour. We also started to think about how long activities are (second, minute, hour) and A.M./P.M.