I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week’s Five for Friday! Here is a look at my week in pictures!
In math class, we practiced telling time to the hour and the half hour. I’ve been working on telling time to the hour with my kids throughout the year, so they picked up telling time to the half hour and even to the 5 minute mark really quickly! Our intervention specialist has an adorable way for them to remember to look at the small hour hand first. She told the kids, “I was small before I grew up and got big. So I look at the small hand before the big hand.” All week, you could hear some of my kids saying to themselves: “I was small before I was big.” It was too cute! 🙂
We scanned more QR codes this week as we researched information on our tablets.
We wrote opinion essays this week in Writer’s Workshop. Yesterday, I gave the kids this prompt:
“Do you think first grade or kindergarten is better? Give reasons to support your opinion.”
Pencils were seriously FLYING with this prompt! They got so into it and loved giving me reasons to back up their opinion. My favorite? “First grade is better than kindergarten because we get challenging questions. We also get to write essays.”
We did A LOT of visualizing in our Daily 5 mini lessons this week. We are going to be concentrating really hard on word problems over the next few weeks. I am hoping that making mental images in their everyday reading will transfer over to their mathematical comprehension skills when it comes to story problems. 🙂
We used Laura Numeroff’s Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers to kick off our mental image lessons. This book is so cute and contains some very strange images that the children need to dream up!
We used the famous Green Giant poem on Day 2. We highlighted the words within the text that helped us make our mental images.
Next, we used the poem My Neighbor’s Dog Is Purple to understand that our mental images can change throughout a text based on what the author decides to disclose or share with the readers.
In Daily 5 this week, we stamped our words for Word Work. I am happy to say that my kids took on their own challenge this week in word work. I did not realize until today that the kids had a “challenge” going among themselves to see who could spell the word “because” without looking at the word wall anymore.
You have to love student-led motivation right?!
Finally, check out my fur baby’s little chevron couch! He just loves it! It matches my office, so I love it , too! He has been sleeping on it all week! 🙂
Thanks for visiting and catching up with our week! I’ll be back on Sunday to share a BRIGHT idea with you in a very big, bright, and practical blog hop! 🙂 Stay tuned!