To reinforce concepts taught at school and to provide extra practice at home, we will begin bringing math word problem journals home this week.
Journals will be sent home on Tuesday. Please complete the word problem with your child. Your child needs to do the “numbers, pictures, and words” themselves but you are encouraged to talk about and discuss their thinking together. Please return the journals to school by Thursday. We will take up the problem on Thursday. On Friday they may complete a similar problem with different numbers as an assessment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Each day we gather together for something we call "calendar time". It's just 10 minutes or so but we review concepts in many strands of grade one math each time.
Here is what it looks like ...
We review the name of the day, month, and the ordinal number (7th) for the date.
Today was the 75th day of our school year. If you only say the numbers that have a white background, you are counting by 5's! We count how many days to go before the 100th day of school. Ask your son or daughter how we count days using our hundreds chart.
We count using ten frames to build tens. We are half way to filling the 8th ten frame.
We know how to identify the number that is one more and one less. We also know how to tell you the number that is ten less and ten more.
0We review how to write the date: 2016 for the year, "01" as the first month of the year, and "07" for the seventh day of the month.
We use dimes (for tens) and pennies (for ones) to build 75 cents (for the 75th day of school). We check the temperature and compare it to the temperature from the previous morning. Is it warmer or colder? How many degrees colder or warmer? Today a student correctly informed me that yesterday's -3 degrees Celsius was 6 degrees colder than today's 3 degrees Celsius!
We have a thermometer chart that shows us what we need to wear to be comfortable depending upon the temperature outside.
Each day we add a weather symbol showing the weather that morning.
We add the same symbol to our weather graph each day. We ask and answer questions such as "How many more sunny days are there than snowy days?".