FIRST GRADE GAZETTE
Mrs. Froncillo, Mrs. Kovolyan, Mrs. Seadale and Ms. Periera
December is a magical month in first grade! The children are exploring the many different cultures and traditions around the world including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We continue to be impressed with the progress students are making with their reading, math, and writing and we look forward to the joyful holiday celebrations with the students this month. Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy vacation!
December 8-12 Nayatt Gives Back
December 19th School Store 11am-1pm
December 22nd Town Meeting
December 24-January 5 Holiday Vacation
How is your child practicing to read for understanding? Better known as, comprehension. One very important strategy for readers to practice independently is...MAKING A PREDICTION. This is a strategy in which readers use information from a text (including titles, headings, pictures, and diagrams) and their own personal experiences to anticipate what they are about to read (or what comes next). A reader involved in making predictions is focused on the text at hand, constantly thinking ahead and also refining, revising, and verifying his or her predictions. This strategy also helps students make connections between their prior knowledge and the text. Enjoy practicing this reading strategy with your child as your prepare to read your next book together.
November is an exciting month for writing in first grade! Our young authors will have the opportunity to share their ideas through many different types of writing. In honor of Veteran's Day, students are encouraged to practice letter writing skills by writing to American soldiers serving our country overseas. Letters may be mailed to: Operation Gratitude, 17330 Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Students will be practicing Narrative Writing when telling stories about their own Thanksgiving traditions. This is a super way to write what happens first, next, and last during family celebrations. We will also remember and share all the ways that we are grateful when writing. As a follow-up to reading stories about Thanksgiving, students will practice Informational Writing to explain and give facts about the history of the first Thanksgiving. November is certainly a very busy month to practice all that we are learning about writing in First Grade!
We continue to work in the first module in Eureka Math. Students are working toward fluency with addition and subtraction of numbers to 10. We are continuing to reinforce the strategies of counting on and counting all, as well using number bonds and math pictures to solve math equations. We look forward to problem solving with teen numbers and using more complex strategies that involve working with 10 as a basic unit. We are learning to use a new math tool called a number path. This helps students count on and count back to solve addition and subtraction problems. Our mathematicians are showing their math thinking in many ways!