February 24, 2020
Last week Barn Swallows practiced listening skills by playing a game called Twenty Questions. I thought of something we have recently been studying (sound waves, energy, superheroes, music, confidence, etc.) Students asked me yes or no questions to figure out the mystery subject. They had to listen to each other because they could not ask the same question twice and they had to listen to me to hear the answers to each others' questions. On Friday, they listened to a podcast called Smash Boom Best that teaches how to present a good argument. Before recess and during lunch, they listened to arguments about which is cooler (and would make a better babysitter), robots or aliens. On the podcast, each debater uses facts to make their case, teaching children how to defend their opinions. Children have to listen carefully to hear all of the facts before deciding which of two things is best.
We read books about music including Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, Max Found Two Sticks, and Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. Students prepared for Celebrations of Learning by reading and clapping out half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes and wrote rhythms to play on their instruments at the celebration. Thank you to everyone who attended!
In math, first graders continued to use number lines for adding and subtracting both single digit numbers and multiples of 10. They used number lines to aid in creating and solving story problems. Second graders continued to practice using a number line to add and subtract within the range of 0 to 100. They used the number line to compare ages, heights, distances, and amounts of money.
On Friday, we visited the Forest Grove City Library where students listened to a book read by Nathan, the children's librarian, and checked out books to take home or keep in class.
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