Thank you to our wonderful room parents for coordinating and planning fun Valentine's activities, snacks, and treats. The children made bookmarks for their FA helpers and Heros from their Community Hero Project that they have been working on. They also decorated a delicious cookie, heard a great Valentine's story about love in New England, and used props for a fun photo booth activity. Please take a look at the PHOTOS page for more "snapshots of our day."
Children decorated shoeboxes to make Valentine's Mailboxes. They delivered Valentine's with both 2nd Grade Classes on Tuesday morning.
In Math we are working with mental math. As a base we practiced 10 facts using number bonds and 2 sided chips. Children are using several different strategies for mental math based on the numbers they are adding together. We will move into subtraction with mental math after some practice with addition.
Some strategies we've practiced with are as follows:
* "Add 10 then subtract the extra ones" - for example if you are adding 58 and 8...Adding 10 is easier and then just subtract the extra 2.
For this strategy it is important for children to see how to make a sum of 10. This is why we practiced number bonds.
*Adding ones to a three digit number using "add the ones" strategy. Example: 253 + 6 = ? Separate the 250 from the 3 in the ones and add the 3 and the 6 . So the 3+6=9 and 250 +9 = 259.
*Adding 3 digit numbers mentally using "adding 10 then subtract the extra ones" strategy. Example: 128 +8 can be worked out adding 128 + 10 = 138 - 2 = 136. So, 128 + 8 = 136.
*"Adding the tens" strategy in a 3 digit number. Example: 213+50= add 210 +50 to get 260 and add the 3 back in. So 213 + 50 = 263
We worked together as a class and used white boards and children practiced independently. We will continue working with mental math into next week.
Community Hero Project:
* Each child has completed their interview. We have begun the planning for a game that each child will create to teach others about the job that they have learned about. We will begin the process of gathering their information to write a report about their particular job. The children are excited about their work. On Friday, children started planning out their game with a focus of teaching others. We listed materials needed and will continue with the process next week. We look forward to seeing you at the Hero Meet and Greet on Tuesday, March 7th from 8:30-9:30 in the commons. There, children will show you the work they have completed with this project.
Great job to our Book Buzzer this week!
Thank you to Mrs. Barker for sharing another wonderful story. This one was about Abraham Lincoln.