In writing, we have been learning about writing pieces that teach. We are beginning by writing How-To pieces. After learning about different How-To helpers to help us make our writing easier to UNDERSTAND and READ, we practiced by writing a how-to about making Jello (which we made last month).
This week we added something new to our class chart of "What Readers Do" - readers ask questions. We practiced asking questions before, during and after reading the books Grandfather Twilight and The Lotus Seed. Then we answered some of the questions we asked about The Lotus Seed and recording whether we found the answer in the text, inferred, or used an outside source. Throughout the week, we have been adding new learning to our Thinking About Questioning chart.
This week we began thinking about how we can count large amounts efficiently. We completed a 3-Act Task involving adding five 2-digit numbers together. Students used hundreds charts, tens frames, snap cubes, pictures, and equations to solve the problem and solve their thinking. The next day we counted large collections of buttons. After both days we shared how counting/thinking about numbers in terms of groups of tens and ones helps us count efficiently.