We have become familiar with math tools in our room and how we can use these tools to help us solve addition and subtraction problems.
We ended September by sing Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall for morning message each day. During morning message we spend about two weeks working with the same poem or song. In addition to learning the words in the poem/song, we work on word study skills like rhyming and hunk & chunks, as well as math skills (collecting data, graphing, interpreting data). We also put these poems/songs in our poetry binder to work on fluency throughout the year.
In class, we have been thinking about math...what it is, what it takes, where it can be found. We read books about famous mathematicians, watched some math videos (where we found out that you can PLAY and be doing math at the same time!), and explored our school, classroom, and objects that we find in our world. We added new thinking to our chart each day. Some key verbs we will be focusing on this year are: questioning, noticing, wondering.
On the first day of school, we read the book First Day Jitters, about a teacher who is nervous about going to a new school on the first day. After reading, we shared some of the different emotions we might feel on the first day of school. Then each of us drew a picture of how we felt on the morning of the first day of first grade.