Throughout the last two weeks, we have been recording some story elements of each gingerbread book we read. We recorded the characters, the repeated phrase(s), and the ending. The books all had many similarities and also some differences. We ended by choosing two of the books and using a venn diagram to compare them.
In writing, we have been reading "gingerbread-style" stories. We noticed that the main charcter isn't always a gingerbread man, but there are certain things that most of these stories all have - a character that runs away, characters that are chasing it, and a repeated phrase. We then began writing our own gingerbread stories. So far, we have some stories about a gingerbread bunny, gingerbread snake, gingerbread pig, gingerbread red panda, and a gingerbread baby.
This week, our class explored different ways to add and count higher numbers. Given the number of each color Skittle in a lightbulb, each student worked to add the two-digit numbers together to find the total number of Skittles. Students could use hundred charts, ten frames, connecting cubes, number lines, etc. Afterwards, we discussed efficient ways of counting, focusing in on counting by groups of tens instead of only by ones. We had a few chances to practice this throughout the week.
This week in math workshop our math coach, Mrs. Baker, joined us to talk about setting math goals. Throughout the week, students thought about which math goal they would like to set for themselves. By Friday, each student had set a math goal to work towards.
This week in math workshop we also practiced making sense of story probems. We did this by writing story problems. We began with "tailless" story problems - the information was there but we had to think of the question to ask. Then we moved on to "headless" story problems - the question was given but we had to write the information. Then it was on to numberless word problems and then, on Firday, writing an entire story problem on our own.