# Inside SFS

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### Math games, poetry, and emotions, oh my!

This Week:

-Morning Meeting:  We have been thinking hard about using Morning Meeting to set the tone of the day. We’re adding to our repertoire of games and activities that help get our minds and bodies ready to be at school!

-Math:  Over the last few weeks we have thought about how to record our math thinking. Whenever we do math work, something goes on inside our brains, and we’ve been finding ways to show that process on paper.  Whatever math strategy we are using (counting all, counting on, snap facts, neighboring facts, etc.) we’ve found a way to show that strategy on paper so that anyone walking in to the room can know what our brains have done.

We’ve also been playing many games that encourage students to use logic and strategic thinking along with their math facts.

When playing Clear the Board, students arrange their own blocks to clear.

We then discuss the different arrangements they come up with-- was the board easy or challenging to clear?  Why might that be?

-Writing:  We finished writing our last Nature Poems, and students selected the poem they thought was their best work to be displayed on the wall.  And we have now begun our unit on Feelings, where we explore different emotions. This work helps us be better community members—we are both quicker to identify how a classmate is feeling, and also to recognize and name our own emotional experiences. We have been playing many games around emotions, and have been working with our Fourth Grade Buddies to get a better grasp on what might cause an emotional reaction, and what that reaction might look, sound and feel like.

﻿First and Fourth Grade Buddies work together to plan a silent skit that displays an assigned emotion.

﻿Deep in planning mode...

﻿Students then performed their skits, and the audience worked to guess what emotion was on display.

Here are some examples of our work:

-Reading:  Reading groups continue to be a focused and engaging part of our day!

-Handwriting:  We have finished all of the “magic c” starters in the lowercase alphabet.  Ask your child to show you how to form the letters c, o, d, a, and g.

-Social/Emotional Learning: Identifying Mountains vs. Molehills continues to be a frequent discussion point in the classroom– these are great moments to recognize at home as well!  Tell your child about a part of your day that felt hard, but that you were able to shake off when you decided it was a Molehill.

While emotions were the big theme of the week, we also got to meet another host of characters you will hear much more about in the coming weeks: The Unthinkables!

﻿The Unthinkables can invade anyone's brain, and get in the way of that person's best thinking.  We all have a Superflex superhero inside our brains that we can use to defeat these tricky villains!

Next Week:

-Math: We are moving into our next unit—Geometry.

-Writing: Feelings Poems and then Spooky Poems… Woooooooh!

-Starting Person of the Week!

Posted October 11, 2015