My students are the best! They are bright, fun, energetic first graders who love to learn. Our school is located in a urban setting. We house the Sheltered English Immersion program for the city. All students who speak English as a second language come to our school. As a result I have the opportunity to work with wonderful families that understand and value the power of an education.
My students represent 11 different countries.
Although most of them are living below the poverty line they come to school every day with a smile on their face ready to learn. They are a special group of children and there is no other school I would rather work at!
First grade math is all about setting the foundation for future learning. Students will use rekenreks to build a strong number sense. We compose and decompose numbers on a daily basis. Students can model these problems with rekenrek beads as a concrete example of addition and subtraction. As their numeracy skills develop the dry erase open number lines will be used to model problems. Using a blank number line allows flexibility in problem solving.
As children develop mathematical knowledge they move from the concrete, to models, to abstract equations and algorithms.
In first grade we spend much of our time constructing models to help students gain a deeper understanding. With a high ELL population, modeling manipulatives are especially important in allowing our students to access and interact with the curriculum. Helping students engage with models creates that deeper level of learning that leads to flexible problem solving and the ultimate goal of math fluency.
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