According to a video (https://jr.brainpop.com/socialstudies/geography/readingmaps/) that we watched, “Never Eat Soggy Waffles” is another way to remember the cardinal directions: North, East, South and West. We got ourselves acquainted with globes and maps as we looked at continents, countries and major water forms surrounding the continents. We also enjoyed the challenge from a mini-quiz bee after a lesson.
As an introduction to Science, we had a preview of the scientific method: (1) observe, (2) ask a question, (3) form a hypothesis, (4) experiment, and (5) conclude. This knowledge will guide us as we conduct experiments throughout the year. As we learn about plants – their parts and corresponding uses, we also have our fist experiment: observing mongo plants under various conditions to find out what happens when plants do not get one of their basic needs.
After a review on number pairs (bonds) and problem solving, we learned about place value: ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. We used base ten blocks to represent given numbers and interpret them accordingly. We used this knowledge to compare numbers. By looking at the thousands, hundreds, tens and ones places, we can tell whether a number is greater than ( > ), less than ( < ) or equal to ( = ) the other given number. We also learned about different ways of writing numbers: (1) standard form (e.g., 295), (2) extended form (e.g., 200 + 90 + 5), and (3) number name (e.g., two hundred ninety-five).
The Writer’s Workshop involves 5 stages: (1) prewrite, (2) draft, (3) edit (using COPS or Capitals, Organization, Punctuation and Spelling), (4) revise (using ARMS or Add details, Remove, Move and Substitute), and (5) publish. After a brief lesson on how to become better writers, a Turn and Talk session with a partner takes place to brainstorm on a given topic. We make a mind map to help us remember and organize our ideas before we begin to write and illustrate our stories. Simultaneously, a one-on-one conference between teacher and student takes place in order to clarify some details in the story, as well as spot mistakes (i.e., capitalization, punctuation, choice of words, repeated or missing words). Finally, we publish works by rewriting the edited stories.