Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hour of Code

Today our fabulous Mr. Charltray came to the classroom to teach the kids how to code. Computers need to be programmed.  Computers don't work on their own. People need to give it directions. These are commands and a program to follow. Tonight at 6pm Mr. Charltray presents The Coder Express; an evening of coding for Pond Coce families.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Guidance with Mrs. Hannon

Positive self-talk is a strategy people use when they are trying to solve problems.

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It is hard to solve problems when your brain is full of negative self-talk.  You can tell yourself, "I can calm down and take control of my own brain.  I will feel better if I stay calm."

Addition Facts

Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to help students to understand addition better if the skills are taught in a certain sequence.  We start with the easiest facts first, and they get harder as students master each strategy.  We do not move on to a new strategy until each one is solid.  Many of the latter skills may be learned in second or third grade, depending on how quickly each child moves.

1.  Commutative Property (the turn-around facts)    3+4 is the same as 4+3
2.  Adding one more (means getting the next number) N+1, 1+N
3.  Making ten (a pair of numbers that make ten) 4+6, 3+7 ***we are on this now
4.  The teens numbers   N+10  (10+4, 8+10)
5.  9 plus a number (means adding 10 minus 1) 9+3, 5+9
6.  Double numbers (3+3, 7+7)
7.  Near doubles (If I know the double, I know 1 more than the double or 1 less than the double) 5+4, 6+5
8.  Numbers that are 2 apart (their sum + the double of the middle, i.e., 5+7=6+6+12)
9.  Adding two to a number (5+2, 7+2) means skipping a number
10.  Near tens (the sum of two numbers that is one more than or one less than 10 (3+6, 7+4, 8+3)
11.  Last remaining four facts (do not fit into categories above) 8+4, 4+8, 8+5, 5+8

Monday, December 14, 2015

Chewonki Owls of Maine

Jessica brought the Chewonki owls to our Cape Elizabeth Land Trust building across from CVS for us to learn about owls.  Special thanks to CELT for funding this amazing show!
Barred owl
How much does an owl weight?
Screech owl (adult)
Facial disks help improve owls' hearing
Selfie with our beloved retired Mrs. Abbott! She came to the show; an annual favorite!

Counting the hoots of an owl

Great Horned Owl

Friday, December 11, 2015

Guidance with Mrs. Hannon

Today's lesson was all about defeating Glassman.  He is a character from the Social Thinking Curriculum.  If you are super flexible, you can defeat Glassman!
Our practice activity included using small, medium and large cups.  Mrs. Hannon would read a common first grade problem, and each child had to decide if the problem was small, medium or large problem.  Then they had to place their gemstone in the matching cup.  Discussion would follow if there was disagreement.  Problems included: 
1. I forgot my lunch at home.
2. I fell at recess and got a big cut.  The nurse says it needs stitches and I have to go to the hospital, but I will be back home tonight.
3. I forgot my library book!
4. I missed my bus.
5. A volcano erupted on my town (not a common first grade problem lol).
6. My classmate cut me in line.
7.  I didn't get the color gem that I wanted.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Addition and subtraction

For the past six weeks, we have placed a heavy focus on pairs of numbers that add to ten; 6+4, 5+5, 7+3, etc.
Now that many kids are solid and fluent in these pairs, we are beginning to connect addition to subtraction. For example, if you know that 9+1=10, then you know that 10-9=1 and 10-1=9!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Guidance with Mrs. Hannon

You will make mistakes, but be careful not to blame people for your mistakes.  Mistakes help us learn. For example, many kids blame their parents if they forgot their library book on library day.  "It's not my fault," they say.  

Own it:  Say, "Yup, I did that.  Can I fix it?"  Become your own problem solver. Take responsibility for yourself.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Guidance with Mrs. G

Strategies for dealing with hard feelings (anger, worry, overwhelmed, stress):
1. Make a playdough monster and smush it!
2. Deep breathing (pinwheel, square breathing, lazy 8)
3. Favorite place (picture yourself there)
4. Read a book
Tonight's home work is to share these strategies with your family.  I also talked to the kids about zen coloring books that can help children and adults relax and be calm.  We copied many Mandala pictures to color at choice time.