Kim and Jeannie

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November 13 - 17

This week the social studies group learned about a Native American named Squanto. Squanto was a member of the Patuxet tribe that lived in the area now known as Plymouth. The Patuxet tribe was part of the larger Wampanoag tribe that covered much of the territory of New England. According to historical accounts, as a young boy, Squanto was tricked and captured by European traders. He was brought to Europe to be sold as a slave. Fortunately, he was bought by a group of Spanish monks who helped him get to England for a better chance to return to his home. Squanto spent many years in England and learned to speak English. By the time he was finally able to return home, he found an empty village. All of the Patuxets had succumbed to a virus. None of them survived. When the Plymouth settlers known to us as the Pilgrims were searching for a place to settle, it was the empty Patuxet village they came upon. The Pilgrims landed at a very inhospitable time of year, and they were not well equipped for survival in this region. Fortunately for the Pilgrims, Squanto decided to join their settlement. Without Squanto’s assistance, the Pilgrims would not have survived.

Grade 1:  The building of number bonds was the focus of our whole and small group lessons this week.  Number bonds are different combinations of two numbers that make up a third number.  It also represents a part-part-whole relationship between the numbers.  By using pictures of objects with different attributes, such as size and color, the students practiced looking at parts to make the whole.  For example, when looking at a picture of 3 red apples and 2 green apples, the students first identified the attributes of color (red, green).  Next, they identified the whole or the number of apples altogether (5).  Last was to name the parts (3 red apples and 2 green apples).

Grade 2: We have introduced the standard algorithm for addition with numbers up to three digits. The word algorithm refers to the procedure for solving a mathematical problem through a number of steps and repetition of the steps. In the standard algorithm for addition, the problem is worked in a vertical format, with the digits aligned in columns, with one column for each place value. A line is drawn under the numbers to be added, separating them from their sum. Digits are added, starting with the lowest place value, the ones. They repeat with the tens and then the hundreds. So far, students have been adding numbers with a sum of nine or less. 

3  2  4 

  + 4  4 

7  6  9

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Kim and Jeannie

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