We have been reading a variety of books, but the most recent is Ruby the Copycat. Today’s lesson was all about tracking the character’s feelings throughout the story and finding the author’s purpose or life lesson we took away from the text. James was so awesome and explained that the lesson he learned was to always be yourself and be your own person. We have been talking a lot about this lately so I hope they took this message with them.
In math, we have been learning how to add number strings. (it’s just another name for an equation with more than 2 addends). The first rule we teach them tis to try and find combinations of tens. We are trying to get them away from counting on fingers and become more fluent with knowing their combos of ten and doubles. We played a game called Beat the Calculator this afternoon. Students worked with a partner mentally adding number strings while their partner was double checking on the calculator. They really enjoyed it, and I was so proud to give Kaimaiha, James, Sebastian, and Kimora PAWS for their model behavior. We will continue working on this throughout the unit. If you have any questions at all or would like a lesson on how we are teaching math (very different from how we were taught), please just let me know.