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# Weekly information nov. 14, 2011

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First grade at the International School at Mesa del Sol

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### Weekly information nov. 14, 2011

1. 1. Our  latest  ac6vi6es….   We  worked  on  our   por,olios  picking  our   best  work  and   reﬂec6ng  about  it!   Self  portraits  came   out  amazing!
2. 2. A  por&olio  tells  one  person’s  story….  ...this  is  why  they  are  important  and  this  is  what  keeps  them  current….
3. 3. Making  a  line  plot….  ..working  on    a  tally  chart  about   number  of  siblings….   …..students   learned  how  to   show    results  of   a  survey  using  a   line  plot.
4. 4. Playing  “ Two-­‐ﬁsted   penny  addi6on”….   Children  recorded   complements  of  numbers  from  5  to  9  as  a  means  of  developing  readiness  for    addi6on   and  subtrac6on  facts,  and  understanding  the  commuta6ve  property   of  addi6on.
5. 5. Reading  “ TIME  for  kids”  ….  This  division  magazine  of  TIME  is   specially  published  for  children   It  contains  some  and  wriPen  by  young  reporters.     na6onal  news,  a   “cartoon  of  the   week”  and  a   variety  of  ar6cles   concerning   popular  culture.
6. 6. “Exploring  dot   pa9erns  on   dominoes”  Students  played  “domino  top-­‐it”.    They  took  turns  ﬁnding  the  total  number  of  dots  and  deciding  who  the  winner  was.
7. 7. Children  learned  how  to  es6mate  sums   using  dominoes.   On  their  journals   they  used   diagrams:  parts   and  total,  to  ﬁnd   the  total  number   of  dots  on   dominoes.
8. 8. Units  self-­‐assessment…   Students  reﬂected  upon  their  unit  work  and  how  they  can  improve  it.   Self-­‐assessment  encourages  them   to  think  about  their  learning  and  design  strategies  to  reach  our  goals.
9. 9. “Two-­‐ﬁsted  penny  addi6on”  Children  recorded  complements  of   numbers  from  5  to  9…
10. 10. Exploring  personal  “foot”  and  standard  foot.    Children  compared  their  personal  foot  length  measuring  diﬀerent  things  in  our  classroom.   Developing  their  measuring  skills…
11. 11. Measuring  with  a  measuring  tape…  Students  measured  around  and  across   things…   They  talked  about   the  advantages  and   disadvantages  of   measuring  tapes   compared  to  rulers,   yard  s6cks,  and   meter  s6cks.
12. 12. Building  structures   with  base  10   blocks…  Exploring  shapes  on  the  Geoboard..
13. 13. We  began  our  3rd  unit  of  inquiry:  How  do  we  express  ourselves.  Our  central  idea  is  :  People  explain  belief  systems  through  stories.    We  began  learning  about  fables  and  read:  The  crow  and  the  pitcher.   If  you  have  any  ideas   for  our  unit,  would   like  to  par6cipate  in  a   storytelling  session  or   speciﬁc  workshop,   please  let  me  know!
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