First Grade News

December Newsletter 2019

Dates to Remember:

Friday, December 20 - 2 hour early dismissal

Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1st- No School (Winter Break)

Thursday, January 2nd - Schools Open

Winter Clothing Reminder

Remember as the weather becomes cold, please send students to school dressed to go outside for recess. If you need clothing, please contact your teacher!

Word Study


  • identifying uppercase and lowercase letters
  • identifying vowels and consonants
  • reading and writing rhyming words
  • hearing middle vowel sounds
  • hearing and changing beginning/middle/ending sounds
  • using digraphs-sh, th, ch, wh-when reading and writing words
  • working with syllables


Ways to Work with Your Student at Home


  • Focus your student's attention on the beginning sounds in words by finding pictures or objects that begin with the same sound (e.g., “‘Baseball’ and ‘boy.’ They both start with B.”)
  • Read (and reread) books that rhyme, and teach rhyming poems, songs, and such nursery rhymes as Mother Goose.
  • Make up rhymes together (e.g., “Pancake, wancake, I want a fancake!”)
  • Clap hands to illustrate each syllable in song lyrics heard on the radio or television, or to the student's favorite songs. In this activity, the parent says each word slowly, segmenting it into syllables.


Websites


Writing

As we integrate our science (Space) and social studies (Celebrating Our Family Culture) units with writing, we are working on researching and writing TRUE facts about a topic . We will introduce our topic, list true facts, and add a closing to our topic. Finally, we will edit our writing to prepare it for sharing with our classroom friends, teachers, and families. As part of our listening and speaking routines, classmates offer compliments to writers after sharing. First graders are proud of their writing pieces and love to share!


We continue to work on handwriting, as well.


Ways to Work with Your Student at Home:

  • Answer a Question: When your student asks a question, research the answer together using books or computers (under your supervision). Then create an informative poster or collage which tells the question, the answer, and uses both texts and illustrations to show what you learned.
  • Make a Family Magazine or Book: Your student can illustrate a book using drawings and text to describe different family members or friends. Each person can have their own page.
  • Practice handwriting.

Reading

As we read non-fiction texts in science and social studies, students will compare fiction and nonfiction texts, ask and answer questions about texts, identify text features that give us information and clarify meanings of unknown words.


Ways to Work with Your Student at Home:


  • Read to your student, with your student, and let them read to you each day.
  • If you are reading a fiction book, ask them to retell the story across their fingers.
  • If you are reading a nonfiction book, ask them to listen for and tell 3 facts about the topic.

Science

We will be finishing our Space Unit this month! We have learned SO MUCH about space, but have plenty more to learn! Following our Space Unit, we will begin our unit on Celebrating Our Family Culture.


  • Day and Night
  • The Earth
  • The Sun
  • The Moon and Its Phases


  • Star Patterns
  • Constellations
  • Seasons Pattern
  • Comparing Seasons



Ways to Work with Your Student at Home:


  • Observe the night time sky. Talk about what you see.
  • Discuss the changes in the seasons. How do we know it is Autumn almost Winter?

Math Unit 4

In math we have been working on Unit 4 and during the middle of December we will be begin Unit 5.


Unit 4 Student Expectations:

  • Students will master how to count to 120, starting at any number less than 120 and in this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral. (1.NBT.A.1)
  • Students will understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. (1.NBT.B.2)
  • Students will understand that 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones (called a “ten”) (1.NBT.B.2a)
  • Students will understand that the numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones. (1.NBT.B.2b)
  • Students will understand that the numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine tens (and 0 ones). (1.NBT.B.2c)
  • Students will explore how to compare 2 two-digit numbers with concrete models using the knowledge of place value represented by tens and ones, recording the results with the comparing symbols. (1.NBT.B.3)
  • Students will explore how to find 10 more or 10 less than a number using manipulatives and counting strategies. (1.NBT.C.5)

Parent Resources for Unit 4

Link to FCPS Math Parent Newsletter Unit 4


Websites:


Math Unit 5

Unit 5 Expectations

  • Students will master how to relate counting to addition and subtraction. (1.OA.C.5)
  • Students will explore how to use the strategies (plus/minus 0, 1, 2 and make/break apart 10) with sums and differences within 20 to develop fluency within 10 and show the relationship between addition and subtraction equations. (1.OA.C.6)
  • Students will explore how to use the commutative property to solve addition word problems whose sum is less than or equal to 20. (1.OA.B.3)
  • Students will explore how to use the associative property and strategies (ie. make ten) with objects, drawings, and equations to solve real world situations with addition of three whole numbers involving sums within 20. (1.OA.B.3 & 1.OA.A.2)
  • Students will explore how to use concrete models to understand the equal sign means that there are two equivalent quantities, regardless of the operation, on each side of the equal sign using the terms true or false. (1.OA.D.7)
  • Students will explore how to use objects, drawings, and equations to model and solve real world addition and subtraction story structures (addend and change unknown) with sums and differences within 20. (1.OA.A.1)
  • Students will explore how to use real life situations to organize, represent, interpret and compare data with up to three categories, using counting strategies. (1.MD.C.4)

Parent Resources for Unit 5

Link to FCPS Math Parent Newsletter Unit 5


Websites:


Classroom Donations

As we head towards the middle of the year, classrooms may become low on supplies. We welcome any donations. Please contact your teacher to ask what is needed as every classroom has different students and needs.