News From First Grade
Created by: Sara Browne January 2015
So far in 2015...
Reading: Everyone has been working very hard in the new year. We're off to a great start in our brand new language arts unit. Unit 3 is all about growing and changing. We'll be reading stories and beginning projects on this topic. Towards the end of the unit, the students will even be creating timelines to show how much they have grown since they were babies.
Phonics: The children are learning more and more skills which will allow them to decode words and read independently. We learned that y has many different sounds, and can sometimes be a vowel! It can make the long i or the long e sound.
They also learned to build and read words with new ending blends, ng and nk.
The students were introduced to compound words...ask them to name a few for you! They went on a compound word scavenger and searched for a partner with their compound word match. Then they created a compound word flip book to illustrate the meaning of their words.
Writing: The children are working very hard to become wonderful writers! They've learned to write an acrostic poem, and created their own about SNOW. Next week, they'll begin working on "how to" stories to tell how to build a snowman. For these stories, they'll use a graphic organizer to prewrite, edit their work with help from the teacher, and then publish and illustrate their good copy. These stories will be saved and put into their writing portfolios for their Author's Tea at the end of the year.
Math: These past few weeks, Math has been all about subtraction! We've been working to identify and solve fact families using the part-part-whole, and missing part strategies. This is helping to deepen their understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction. Keep working to memorize those addition and subtraction facts!
Coming soon...Topic 6 Subtraction Test!