Number Corner Grade 1 Advice for February
For your calendar markers, I will offer up four versions of February calendars. First are the calendar markers that you can download or purchase. The theme is 2-D Shapes Attributes Calendar Pattern, and the skills are to identify, describe, compare, and draw triangles, parallelograms, rectangles, rhombuses, squares and much more. The second example has a growing pattern my first graders came up with. Together we decided on the objects (I dictated the presidents.) They added flags and decided the pattern. How did they draw Lincoln and Washington? Hopefully your library has an older book,
Draw 50 Famous Faces by Lee J. Ames. I took the outline and blew it up so the kids could draw in the details from the finished picture I also gave them. They made some pretty funny drawings! I know from talking to some of you that you are in full swing with Penguins, so I also included my March penguin calendar which you may elect to do in February. As I remember, the pattern is Emperor, King, Gentoo, and Rockhopper. Last is a K-1 calendar where the first graders did Lincoln and Washington, and the kindergartners made the flags. I’m including a fun detail from two of the pieces!
Most of the Daily Challenges need no elaboration this month. Let me share just a few thoughts. When playing An Hour or Bust! be sure to stress starting coloring in of the “pie pieces” starting at the 12 on the clock. Otherwise students are apt to start at some random place on the clock face with their coloring. I especially noticed students doing that when I sat down at the Hour or Bust! Work Place. Save Student Book pages 33-35 as your students complete them this month in your assessment files (pages 33-35).
On Friday’s Figuring if you are new to Bridge you may not have collected Friday Figuring samples from October and December. Don’t worry, but resolve to collect one this month. See pages 294-5. One easy way I found to facilitate it was to post a number 1 next to the calendar chart, a 2 next to the magnetic tile, a 3 next to the 100 grid, and a 4 under my birthday chart (I put birthdays under the months even though it isn’t called for.) I gave them paper I had creased into four boxes, had them number the boxes, and set them to work to write equations from the calendar in box 1, etc. This is quick and easy, and will tell you whom to focus on for the next four months. Any child that cannot write equations in all four boxes possibly needs your attention. On Fridays I would often pull such a child aside as they entered in the morning. then help them to figure out an equation they could share with the class.
I also attached a Friday’s Figuring example from February. Notice the Washington, Lincoln, and flag pieces to spur equation writing from the calendar grid.
The February assessments can be done in large or small groups. You can have the whole class do them at once by separating their desks, or by calling 4-6 students at a time over to a table during Work Places, having them do these three assessments in front of you.
You may want to go to the kindergarten Number Corner notes to read about 100th day crowns and see a photo! The K teachers have the blacklines to construct them! I always made them when I taught 1st grade.