1st Grade Newsletter

April Edition

Important Dates

April 4: Snow Make Up Day

April 15: Report Cards go home; Quarter 3 Awards Assembly

April 22: Zoo Field Trip Permission Slips Due

April 22-29: Spring Scholastic Book Fair

Math

In math we will be finishing a unit on 3D shapes this week. Students have been working to compare and contrast 2D and 3D Shapes in order to answer the question "How are 2D and 3D shapes related?" They have been learning about attributes of cubes, spheres, cones, pyramids, cylinders, and rectangular prisms. Next, we will be learning to tell time. Students will learn to tell time on digital and analog clocks. First graders learn to tell time to the hour and half hour. They will learn about time in 5 minute and 1 minute increments in second grade.

Reading

During reading we have been focusing a great deal on determining the main idea (what the text is mostly about) and key details (important points that support the main idea) of a given text. We are now moving on to improving our written responses to what we read. The students are using a rubric checklist to be sure that their responses to reading are correct and complete, and that they are proving that they in fact understand what they read.

Writing

In writing we are learning about ways to clearly explain our reading comprehension on paper. In particular we are identifying the problem and solution of text that we read ourselves. Using a rubric we make sure our answers address the question, make sense, and contain 2 or more supporting key details. You will find this kind of question and the rubric included with the homework. The rubric should be really helpful in making sure parents and teachers are on the same page. Problem solved!

PBL

This week we begin a science unit on force and motion. We will investigate how things move and what changes can occur. The students will use their inquiry skills to explore pushing, pulling, and gravity. They will explore the different variables which affect the movement of objects such as weight and shape. Students will be experimenting with a variety of different materials to see the way they move in response to force. First graders will learn how some forces (pushes and pulls) can be used to make things move without touching them, such as magnets. We look forward to this fun-filled, hands-on unit!