Whew! Can you tell from the title of this blog post how busy we are? Each day is jam packed with so much, but at the same time, we’re learning tons and having fun!
To start, check out this picture:
WE ARE THE JUST MOVE CHAMPIONS THIS MONTH!!
What does that mean? For starters, it means we are very excited (see the picture above). 🙂
Secondly, it means that for the month of October, we did the most moving (exercise) in our classroom than any other class in our school. (We keep track of all of our moving for the month and compete against all of the classes in the school)
Third, it means we get to keep the “Traveling Trophy” in our room all month. Can you spy the trophy in the middle of the picture? The kids are so excited we won this month! We do A LOT of moving in our room because:
1. It’s great exercise and keeps us healthy! and
2. We NEED to do a lot of moving in first grade. It helps get out our jiggles and wiggles and keeps us focused!
Place Value Sliders and Comparing Numbers
We’ve working hard on the Common Core math standard 1.NBT.2 (Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones)
We’re also working on standard 1.NBT.3 (Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <)
To combine these ideas together, the students started by making a tens and ones “slider”, where they could move the numbers to make different 2 digit numbers (For interested teachers- I found them at this blog: Numbers Sliders and just cut off the hundreds box, since we’re only dealing with tens and ones)
As you can see, the kids can adjust each number line, in the tens place and the ones place, and create different amounts.
To start, I called out different numbers. The kids adjusted their sliders to create that number. After a while, I had a student call out a number and everyone made it.
Then, we changed up the game so the students could practice comparing numbers using the symbols <, >, and =.
First, the kiddos paired up. I showed them how to each make a number on their own sliders (and not show their partners- no peeking!) 🙂
Next, they put down their sliders and looked at the two numbers. They had to compare the numbers and use the symbol cards, <, >, or = to compare the two numbers that were made.
The kids repeated this process again and again!
The kids really enjoyed this! It gave them a chance to practice place value and also comparing numbers. They thought it was really fun and kept saying they “won” if their number was bigger! 🙂
We’re still learning about space in science, and right now we’re focusing on stars. We’ve been reading lots of great books, watching fun video clips, and having great discussions about stars.
As a review project, we created a star project to review what were true facts about stars and what was false about stars. Together, we read the sentences and decided which ones were real facts.
The kids cut out the facts and glued them around a big star in the middle. Of course they had to color them in. They loved coloring the stars different colors and mixing the colors together so it looked “like gas”, or so they told me. 🙂
This activity can be found for FREE in my science support pack on TpT here: SCIENCE FREEBIE
I loved seeing the creativity and how each students looked uniquely their own.
Now we’ve moved on to constellations. Here is a game we’re going to play together in class tomorrow, trying to find the constellations in the night sky: Constellation Hunt
Play it at home and see what you child can find!
That’s it from us! Thanks for checking out what we’re doing in class! See ya around!