First Grade Newsletter
Welcome to First Grade!
October 5th-Fire Safety Clowns visit
October 12th- Student Holiday
Language Arts/ Social Studies
Our goal this unit is for students to be able to independently use their learning to…
● Read and comprehend a variety of texts written for different purposes.
● Communicate ideas effectively in writing and orally to suit a particular audience and purpose.
● Evaluate and synthesize ideas and information.
● Participate as an informed citizen of a democracy.
We have been working hard! These are the different Language Arts and Social Studies skills your child will be learning this unit. Each student will know:
● upper and lower case letters.
● words can be manipulated into new words.
● different genres have different text structures.
● different resources to find correct spellings within classroom.
● characteristics of good citizenship.
● rules in home, school, and community.
● symbols that represent American beliefs
Language Arts Critical Vocabulary:
- exclamation mark
- question mark
- sequence of events
Social Studies Critical Vocabulary:
Critical Documents, Symbols, and Events:
- Constitution Day
- Liberty Bell
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Pledge to the Texas Flag
- Statue of Liberty
- Texas flag
- United States flag
We have enjoyed being Scientists in first grade! We have been working with Students to understand that....
• science begins with asking a question; engineering begins with defining a problem.
• scientists and engineers carefully record their thinking and work.
• observations can be made using the five senses or from media and should be repeated for accuracy.
• observations and ideas can be communicated through drawings, numbers, and words.
• tools are used to enhance observations and are selected carefully based on the question to be answered or the problem to be solved.
• an investigation is a quest to find the answer to a question.
Students will know …
- that quantities can be determined without counting (– subitizing.)
- that a group of numbers represents a quantity.
- that objects and pictoral models can be used to solve addition and subtraction problems.
- addition and subtraction sentences can be used to show parts of a whole.
- the meaning of subtraction (missing addend, separating from a whole, comparing quantities).
- the meaning of addition (joining, part-part-whole).
- the relationship between one quantity and another quantity can be an equality or inequality relation.
- addition is commutative.