Today we read another Dr. Seuss book, although this one may not be as well known as others. The children enjoyed The Big Brag. We discussed what bragging and boasting meant and talked about why people might brag and how other people might feel when they hear it. Ask me to tell you to the lesson Dr. Seuss was sharing in this story. We decided it would be fun to try out bragging for about 45 minutes. We really exaggerated our brags. Then we wrote and drew a picture to go with the big brag we made up.
We worked with Cuisenaire Rods today to practice decomposing. Cuirsenaire Rods are solid colored pieces of wood/plastic with the different colors cut to specific lengths. The children used cm graph paper to help them determine the numbers that correspond with each color, then found all the different ways to decompose numbers under ten into two parts. We made sure we were "smart cookies" and used turn around facts to be sure we got all the ways to show the number. We used this website to practice together first, but you might want to use it at home too. Ask me to show you how I can decompose with Cuisenaire Rods.
Some of the children who know all of the kindergarten word wall words took a 50 word spelling test! Their hands didn't even fall off after all the writing, and I sure don't remember taking a spelling test ever with a huge smile on my face like they did! I will be giving them first grade words to work on in their own "Bag of Tricks" that they can use during Literacy Stations. I'll do a quick check from time to time on the five words they will practice, and when they have those five, they will get five more words. Now all the kids will have a Bag of Tricks to work with for spelling.
Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!