# Mrs. Franklin's Fabulous Firsties

## What We've Been Up To!

I'm always amazed at this time of year when the weather begins to change and I look at the calendar and realize that we've been in school for 7 weeks! The children continue to inspire me, entertain me and amaze me each and every day. Here's a recap of what we've been up to in our class for the past two weeks...

Phonics - We've learned all about l blends (words such as cliff, flip, and black) and working with words with the short /o/ sound as in flop and hot. Students are really doing a nice job with segmenting the sounds within a given word. For instance, if I say "clap" students will say, "/c/, /l/, /a/, /p/". This skill helps them to spell words. Next week we focus on r and s blends.

Reading - We continue to focus in on what makes a good story. Our focus is on identifying and describing the characters and setting of a story and on describing the most important events from the beginning, middle and end of the story. We've read Country Mouse and City Mouse, The Three Little Pigs (with a slightly different ending), and The Three Little Dassies (by Jan Brett). The Three Little Dassies is similar to the Three Little Pigs story. Ask your child about how they are the same and how they are different. Take a look at the link below from Jan Brett on the background for the story and how to draw a dassie.

Students have begun to use transition words such as first, next, then and finally. Continue to practice this at home when reading books with your child.

Writing - We identified complete and incomplete sentences, determined which punctuation mark to use at the end of each sentence and how to write words in alphabetical order. In addition, we began working on our first Writing Workshop piece - a narrative. Ask your child what his/her story is going to be about!

## Busy Afternoons

Math - We continue to work on ways to combine numbers by playing games such as Double Compare, 5 In a Row, How Many In All?, Three Towers, and Peas and Carrots. In activities such as Peas and Carrots, the students have to try to come up with all of the ways to make a certain number using two addends. For example, the problem might say, "I had 8 Peas and Carrots for dinner. How many Peas could I have? How many Carrots?" They have to have at least one on their plate (either the pea or the carrot) and then try to determine if they have found all combinations. Students draw pictures, use number sentences, label their work and have even come up with a systematic way of determining if they have "all" of the combinations. In addition, we are working on solving story problems that involve combining (or adding) two addends. Students must be able to show how they solved their problems. Our first unit test will be on Tuesday.

Science - We began our first science unit called "I Am A Scientist: Eco-Explorers". In this unit, we will talk about living and non-living things, plants and animals, and how animals use special body features to help them get their food. This week we will examine meal worms!! At the end of the unit, students will create their own model of an animal and will label the parts it uses to get food.

## Mrs. Franklin

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