# Elm Class Update

### New York News Compass

Our worms now have homes in the Elm Class.

## Weekly Sight Words

This week we introduced four new words to the Word Wall.

First Graders have enjoyed reading these words and finding them in their books.

-don't

-know

-want

-over

Celebrate reading these words at home when you see them in the books you read.

Students are learning so much from non-fiction books at school.

Please continue this work at home by reading each night with your child. We encourage families to set aside time for their child to read independently and with an adult.

We have been discussing strategies to word solve new vocabulary words in non-fiction text.

You can help your child make meaning of new vocabulary by using clues from the pictures and the rest of the words on the page.

## Writing

Elm authors learned tips for strengthening their writing by looking at the work of past first grade writers. We also talked about how introductions or a strong opening line could make our How-To books more interesting to our readers.

## Math- Goin' Fishing!

Elm class went fishing for some pretend Perch, Alewives, and Mackerels. After catching our fish we discussed which fish were keepers. We didn't want to keep the baby fish but we couldn't ask them, "Hey Fishy, how old are you?". So what could we do?

Use measurement of course!

By using inch tiles we were able to measure our fish. If the fish were the right size, we kept them. If they were too small we sent them back.

We also compared the size of two fish to determine which was longer. This was so tricky! To figure out how much longer one fish was than the other fish, we had to imagine how much more one fish would have to grow to be as long as the other. We used manipulatives and visuals to help us think think through these problems. We will keep practicing these kinds of problems.

Measurement Activity to Try At Home:

Shorter Than My Arm

Have your child estimate which objects around the house are shorter than your child’s arm. Then have your child measure them to make sure. As an extension, choose a different body part or compare two lengths. For example, can you find something that is shorter than your leg but longer than your arm?