Today we had a visit from a secret reader...Edy's mom, Miss Jen--you may know her as one of the other first grader teachers! She read us the fabulous rhyming book Rosie Revere, Engineer. It's all about trying, failing, learning from your mistakes, and trying again until you get it right. We practice that skill A LOT in first grade so it was the perfect reminder. It was fun to learn new big words like perplexing and resilient. You should check out the other great books by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts: Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist. They're all fabulous. Thanks Miss Jen!
In math we practiced our resiliency with some tricky problems that followed patterns. If John, Mark and Anna have 10, 9, and 8 pencils respectively and they each lose 2, how many do they each have left? Well, taking away 2 makes a pattern like a staircase so they have 8, 7, and 6 left!
If Eve is 7 centimeters shorter than Joey, and Joey is 91 centimeters tall, how tall is Eve? We tested our skills and solved the problem so many different ways. You can hop back 7, you can take out 10 and subtract 7 from 10 and add the leftovers together, you can exchange a bundle of 10 for ten ones and take away 7 that way, AND YET the answer is 84 any way you solve it. We love math!