Mrs. Faccio's 1st Grade Newsletter
May 13, 2016
What's Up in the Classroom?
Reading - This week has been all about comprehension as well as cause and effect relationships. Now that the students can read so well, I are making sure that they are reading for meaning. It's been amazing to watch them grow as readers. I think about how far they've come and am amazed!
Math - The focus was 2 digit addition this week. Students learned different methods of addition and practiced using their preferred method. The idea is to understand place value and know that when they are carrying a 1 to the next column, it is really a 10 they are carrying.
Science - Students learned about the sun this week. Their benchmark for 1st grade is to know the Earth's position in the universe. We are practicing the order of the planets. One of our musical songs has them singing the order so that's been helpful. We've also used a mnemonic device - My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nachos (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune). Students learned that Earth is the 3rd planet from the sun.
Spelling - We are still plugging away on our spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory (test) this week and I was soooooo pleased with their progress. Comparing it to the beginning of the year was amazing. Many students who had maybe 5 out of the 20 words spelt correctly in the beginning of the year, now have all 20 correct. They are able to identify the patterns of spelling and apply them to new words. So excited!!
Special Days Next Week
Wednesday - Play rehearsal from 10-11
Thursday - Field trip to Barlow from 9:15-2:30
Friday - Student council dress up day (Sport's Day) and early release at 1:20