February 24, 2017
News of the Week
Ms. Castillo’s Class
“We learned about shapes. I did some math. I did American flag.” Jaden (Although we did not learn about shapes as part of our math lesson, students did work with shapes at the geometry center this week.)
“We learned about pennies and we’re writing about a summary.” Aleena (We were reviewing coins and continuing to write summaries about our reading)
“I remember having my first sit on the pink chair.” Mason (During reading centers students get to do buddy reading. Sometimes they get to sit in the pink chair with their partner while reading.)
This week in reading we continued our unit on summarizing. Students are working on retelling a story in their own words. They should include the big idea and the important details. We also practiced reading with expression through a reader’s theater. We continued with informational reports this week. The students wrote their own informational reports about the savanna. As always, we practiced third 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 started a new social studies unit about American symbols. The symbol we focused on the most this week was the American flag.
Finally, in math, we started our second unit on coins. The students should be able to identify coins and tell how much coins are worth. Counting groups of coins is the new math skill we are learning this unit. Students also used different math skills each day at their math centers. We continued to practice story problems with problem of the day. First grade uses the UPSC method which stands for: U- Understand, (underline the important parts of the problem and circle the question), P-plan (draw a picture), S- Solve (write a number sentence) and C- Check (check work and write/circle answer). Expectations for solving word problems are changing since we are in the third quarter. A paper will be coming home explaining the new method which is based on UPSC, but expects students to give a more detailed answer. We will be solving word problems in class to practice.
Next week, we will spend the week learning about Dr. Seuss. We will read Dr. Seuss stories and retell them, make connections and identify story elements. Our writing workshop will focus on informational reports and Dr. Seuss writing. We will read short nonfiction books and write reports on the books. The students will practice writing skills at writing center and through starting to write their own informational reports. In math class, we will continue our unit on counting coins.
Monday will be day 4. If you have any questions, contact me at Castilar@pwcs.edu.
Friday March 3- Electronics Party Celebration