Story Elements- Characters, Setting and Problem
We have started a unit on story elements. We used the story "Gros Ours Grincheux" to introduce story elements. We talked about the characters (les personnages), the setting (l'endroit) as well as the problem in the story. We glued the characters on a chart paper. The main character (the bear) was in the cave and the secondary characters were in the forest. The problem was under the 2 settings.
Next we drew a picture of our bedrooms and labelled the picture. We then read a story about a lost Teddy Bear, "Trouvé." In the story a bear finds a stuffy in the woods and tries to find the owner. From this story we were inspired to have lost a toy in our stories that would introduce a problem into what we were writing about our rooms.
The grade 1's will draw the missing toy hidden in their room somewhere and copy writing. The grade 2's will write about the toy being missing, who finds the toy and where they find the toy.
The pictures below show a vocabulary building activity we did before writing.
The Numbers 11-20
In the next week we will be working with the numbers 11-20. We will be looking at all the different ways we can describe numbers relative to 10. Describing numbers relative to 10 is an important concept as our number system is a base 10 system. This is the very beginning of Place Value.
In our morning math baskets we are practicing addition and decomposing numbers which are based on the activities that you read about in the last post. The grade 1's are working on representing decomposed numbers and addition stories using drawings and numbers. The grade 2's are working on writing accurate number facts using + and =. They are also self-evaluating which facts they have memorized.
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