Reading: This week we talked about habits of a good reader and what readers do. We practiced thinking and talking about what we read. The students also came up with their purpose for rereading books. Lastly, we learned how readers check their own reading, read with expresion, and retell the beginning, middle and end of their books. Our main focus this week was practicing these strategies as we continued to build our reading stamina.
Math: This week in math we continued with unit 1 which is a review of first grade concepts that are important to have mastered to move on with second grade math. Students have been working with US coin combinations, telling time, counting US dollars and number grid patterns. They have done well in our math center rotations and are learning to be more independant.
Writing: In writing students were introduced to the writing process and our Writer's workshop routines. They began the planning stage of their first writing piece, a personal narrative. We brainstormed small moments in our lives that we can write about and chose just one to eventually become our final piece.
Science: Our focus question for science this week was "What do plants need to survive and change?" Students explored this question by creating an experiment with a lima bean. They each prepared a lima bean wrapped in wet cotton and stored in a clear plastic bag tapped to the window. We also prepared a bag with no water and one with no sunlight. Students are slowly recording their observations.