FALLing Into First Grade
We are learning new vocabulary words each week and we are talking about their meaning all throughout the week. Then the students are able to draw a picture of the word or write it in a sentence. It is amazing how much they are really getting the hang of it. Each student has a GROWING VOCABULARY to document the words they are learning.
We are also using EDITING marks in their writing so that they can begin to edit their own pieces of writing. We love reading about the students' personal experiences and also stories that they create from their imagination. If your child enjoys writing we encourage them to continue writing stories at home.
Please help your child remember to bring his/her RED READER and BOOK IN A BAG back to school each day. It is important since we don't have any extras and we use them at teacher table and in groups several days a week.
In Social Studies we are beginning our unit on MAPS. Your child will be using a globe, atlas, and maps. They will learn how to read a map and also how to read a map key. The students will be looking at maps of their neighborhood, city, state, continent, and world.
We will also be teaching them about landforms and bodies of water. They will get to see photographs of landforms, as well as creating a booklet on the different kinds.
Addition and Subtraction to 20
Students should be practicing their addition and subtraction facts up to 20. We realize that many students like learning multiplication facts, but being able to add and subtract quickly and accurately is what we are working on. Explaining strategies used takes it one step further and uses higher levels of thinking.
First Graders compare numbers frequently. They are learning how to compare #s up to 120. They love using dice and cards to practice. We also use the > (greater than) and < (less than) sign to compare numbers. Students also have a Math Vocabulary book so that they can reference the important words throughout the year.
Students can work on the game Prodigy at home. The website is Prodigygame.com The students love battling with their friends while learning. Students also have a chance to play this game during the week during Math stations. If you haven't seen this program please have your child log on and let them show you how it works.
Addition and Subtraction to 20
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 9am-2pm
8525 Garland Road
MUSIC MAKERS is our next unit of study. Students will be learning about force, motion, and energy. The student will learn that force, motion, and energy are related and are a part of everyday life. The students will be expected to identify and discuss how different forms of energy such as light, heat, and sound are important to everyday life.
They will design and create musical instruments with a variety of sounds to play. We are asking that parents donate some supplies to make this a fun learning experience. If you have any of the following items we would love to use them for this unit:
- empty cans with no sharp edges
- egg cartons
- pie tins
- disposable cups (paper, plastic, or Styrofoam)
- rubber bands
- paper towel rolls
- plastic bottles (ALL SIZES)
- small boxes
- anything your child may want to use to create an instrument