We came back from our winter break and jumped right back into literacy circles. We read together, summarized, asked questions about the reading, illustrated an important event & character in the story, looked up unfamiliar words, and shared with each other.
We really enjoyed playing the game Scoot in which we went from one chair to another solving two digit addition problems using regrouping. We had a great time playing games of regrouping with one another in order to gain a better understanding of it what it means when we carry a number over from the ones place to the tens place. In our current unit, Where we are in Place and Time, in which we are learning about inventions & innovations we are focusing on writing about what we read. We paired up with a partner to learn about Louis Braille and how he helped invent a system of reading for the blind. In preparation for our field trip in which we will experience first hand the invention of wood block printing we delved into some background information and identified the most relevant facts. After learning about Louis Braille and how he never gave up in trying to find a way for blind people to be able to read, we thought it would be great to experience the feel of our own name in Braille. We took the letters in braille to make our individual names and then had to get creative and use liquid glue to fill in the dots. After it dried up we were able to get a sense of what our names would feel like in Braille!We ended our two short weeks with a lively and fun-filled Chinese New Year celebration. A special thank you to our Chinese teachers who organized a wonderful event for us to celebrate. May this year of the Rooster be filled with many more memorable moments!