First Grade is Fabulous!

March 2018, Room 3

Fundations and Grammar

We explored contractions; words that are a combination of two words and shortened. An example would be "can't," it is a combination of "can" and "not". The children were really excited to use apostrophes in their writing, it made them feel very grown up!


In Fundations, we spelled words with consonant blends. Blends are a collection of two or three different consonant sounds that are each heard when the word is produced. An example of this would be the word: vest. The /s/ and /t/ sounds are both heard, but they blend together. This is different from a digraph because the two letters make an entirely new sound, for example, the /th/ sound "them". You cannot hear the /t/ sound or the /h./ sound separately. Are you confused yet?! This is very tricky for First Graders, but we are really using are listening skills!


Check out the video below!

Pl Gl Bl Cl Pr Gr Br Cr - ABC Phonics Chant Song 7 (Level II-Consonant)

Writing

We completed our unit on Fiction stories! We had a great time creating characters, problems, settings, and solutions. Now, we are moving on to Non-Fiction pieces. You cannot believe all of the things your children are experts about! To be an expert, each child needs to know five facts about their topic. Then they need to elaborate on the topic. We have some experts on slime, cats, Lego, Pugs, and Irish dancing! We will continue this unit into April.

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Reader's Workshop

We continued meeting with our reading groups this month and worked on our Reader's Workshop centers. Our groups are regularly adjusted to personal growth and we have seen great changes this month. I am happy to share that 91% of our class is on level. Keep up the great work at home! Your dedication to your child's reading growth is very appreciated.


*Check out the Easter Egg story we listened to in class!

Penguin Storytime: The Easter Egg

Science

We began our unit on Earth Cycles this month. We explored the ways in which the Earth, sun, and moon interact with each other and the impact it has on our lives. We answered the question, "Why do we have day and night?" We also explored our shadows and why they change throughout the day. We will continue this unit into April.

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Everyday Math

Monthly Skills:

  • Number stories
  • Doubles +1
  • My Refernece Book
  • Time to the Hour
  • Doubles +1 Facts
  • Facts that make 10
  • Comparing numbers with <, >, =, symbols
  • Measuring a crooked path
  • 2 digit addition and subtraction
  • Adding the weights and lengths of animals
  • Writing number models


Some of Our Math Centers :

  • Symmetrical Spring Eggs
  • Lucky Number Addtion Game
  • Lucky +10 Game
  • Froggy Doubles +1

Mrs. Menchu - First Grade Teacher

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME IN FIRST GRADE! I have taught Transitional Primary, second grade, third grade, fourth grade and preschool and have loved every level. I look forward to having a fantastic year with you and your child! Please reach out to me and do not hesitate to ask questions.
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