April 28, 2017
News of the Week
Ms. Castillo’s Class
“We learned fractions. We did a scoot game.” Raheem (We focused on fractions of a set and fair shares this week. We practiced through centers, a scoot game and a math review.)
“We learned about George Washington.” Jasleen (We went on our field trip to Mount Vernon this week.)
“We went on a field trip on Tuesday. We learned how to take care of the earth. We’re doing a project to take care of the earth.” Abigail (We talked about earth day and what we can do to help take care of the planet. We also made projects out of things we would normally recycle.)
This week in reading we started Unit 9 which covers cause and effect. During writing class, students worked on book reviews and we practiced writing personal narratives again. As always, we practiced fourth quarter writing skills which include: capitals for I and the beginning of sentences, spaces between words, periods at the end of sentences, neat handwriting, including important details, adding describing words and writing complete sentences. We continued our science unit on natural resources with a focus on air, sun, land, rocks and minerals. We also learned about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The students thought of creative way to reuse items that might otherwise have been thrown away. Students made rocket ships, robots, instruments and jewelry boxes out of recycleable materials! They were very creative and did a great job!
Finally, in math, we worked on fractions of a set. We focused on fair shares and the fractions 1/2, 1/3, and ¼. Students also used different math skills each day at their math center. We continued to practice story problems with problem of the day. We took the fraction of a set test on Friday. First grade is now using the CUBES method to solve problems. C- circle the numbers, U- understand and underline the question, B- box the key math words, E- evaluate and draw and S- solve and check. Expectations for solving word problems are higher now that we are in the fourth quarter.
Next week we will continue Unit 9 of reading. The focus skills will be making connections and cause and effect. Our writing workshop will focus on book reviews and personal narratives. During math, we will start learning about fact families. A fact family is a group of numbers that fit together to make addition and subtraction problems. For example: 7+3= 10, 3+7= 10, 10-3= 7 and 10-7= 3. Monday will be Day 3. Thank you to all parents who helped during the field trip! The students had a lot of fun and learned new things about George Washington. If you have any questions, contact me at Castilar@pwcs.edu.