This week students learned how the weather and seasons determine our activities and how we live. Students learned that during the fall time we harvest food such as apples for winter. For reading, we read a nonfiction book called A Day at the Apple Orchard and created the life cycle of an apple.
During math students talked about matching quantity with numbers and number words. They read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and worked on being illustrators for the book. They drew and colored the matching number of apples to the correct page.
Students also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree that introduce students simple subtraction story problems by counting down each time the boy eats an apple. Ask your children to sing this song to you!
In Kindergarten we’ve been learning about how to subtract. We started off with playing a subtraction game on http://www.starfall.com where students practiced learning how to take away a quantity and solve the equation.
We then read the story “Will You Be My Valentine?” and then created subtraction story problems about getting valentine candy.
What a busy and fun few days we had for Valentine’s this year! We started off by making subtraction stories about chocolate candies.
Then for our Valentine’s Day party we decorated envelopes for our friends to put Valentines in, passed out Valentines cards, had snacks, and made Valentines with our friends and wrote why they were our friends.
We have been learning quite a bit in math this past month! In Kindergarten we’ve been learning how to measure using standard / non-standard units. First grade we have been working on Geometry learning about symmetry, congruence, and making bigger shapes using smaller shapes.
As a spiral review our K-1 All-Stars have also been completing centers reviewing their addition and subtraction facts. Kindergarteners were allowed to use counting bears to help them with the concepts.
We read the story The Great Turkey Race and created our own subtraction story problems to connect it to the story we just read. Students cut out how many turkeys started out on the farm. They crossed how many turkeys ran away and wrote how many turkeys were left.
Sometimes a black sharpie and a copier can be your best friend as a teacher. We have been learning commutative property of addition and fact families of addition and subtraction. So I made the following worksheet along with number cards (three cards for each number sentence) that students could cut out and glue onto the correct spots. It turned out well I think!