FIRST GRADE GAZETTE
Mrs. Froncillo, Mrs. Kovolyan, Mrs. Seadale and Ms. Periera
December is a magical month in first grade! We invite Nayatt families to help families in need by donating to the annual Nayatt Giving Sleigh supporting Children's Fund in RI. To celebrate all of the wonderful learning in First Grade. We look forward to sharing many joyful holiday activities together in First Grade. Warm wishes to all for a delightful holiday season and a very happy vacation!
December 2 Nayatt PTO December Monthly Meeting
December 8 Barrington Schools Math & Science Night at BHS
December 11 Coffee Pond Photography picture re-takes
December 15 Parent/Teacher Conference Day
December 22 BHS Holiday Concert
December 22 Town Meeting
December 23 - January 4 Holiday Vacation
Good readers simultaneously use a variety of cuing systems to decode words when reading and we are working on applying the appropriate letters that capture sounds when reading independently. Many first graders are consistently using their knowledge of short vowel sounds within closed syllables and demonstrating a good understanding of the "h brother" digraphs- ch, sh, th, wh. Good readers also retell what they read. Students are working on monitoring comprehension by checking for understanding of who? what happened? when? where? and why? when reading with a friend. We are also working on deepening understanding of stories by discussing author's purpose, author's message and the main idea. Keep up the great work with nightly reading at home!
Throughout the week, first graders practice writing through journal entries, narrative stories, research fact finding and responses to specific writing prompts. Students love the opportunity to choose a topic when writing and illustrating fiction and non-fiction stories. Students have been learning how to take a small moment and add detail, punctuation, capitalization, and word choice. The next time your child is sharing one of their wonderful stories, have them give you more details as they go along. This will help them to naturally transfer a story from a verbal retelling to writing it with details.
As we progress through Module 2, students focus on the standards for mathematical practice when they look for and make use of repeated reasoning. Students realize that when adding 9 to a number, they can "make ten" by decomposing the other addend into "1 and the missing addend." They follow this pattern when adding 8 and 7 to a number by breaking the other addend into 2 and 3 respectively to make ten. They begin to consistently apply the commutative and associative properties, looking for ways to make ten and break ten to efficiently add & subtract within equations.