Mrs. Patriquin's 1st Grade Class

The Week of 9/12-9/16

Our Specials Schedule

Monday: Gym (remember sneakers!)
Tuesday: Art
Wednesday: Music
Thursday: Library/Media
Friday: Guidance

This Week We Will Learn...

Fundations: We are reviewing letter names, sounds, and how they are written in our first full week of Fundations. On Friday, we reviewed t, b, & f. This week we will review letters n, m, i, u, c, o, a & g.

Reading: Our themes for the month of September is new beginnings and friendship. We have been launching Reader's Workshop by reviewing routines, structures, and management of supplies. We will continue to review those this week as we learn about how to choose books, how to read a book using pictures, how to figure out a word we don't know by using the first letter and the pictures, and how to build our reading stamina.

Science: We are learning about apples this week. We will start the week off by learning about the life cycle of an apple and the parts of an apple. We will end the week by conducting investigations of apples such as will it sink or float?

Math: We will begin Math Module 1: Sums and Differences to 10. This week will learn lessons 1-5.
The topics include:
  • What numbers are hiding inside of 5-10 (review of number bonds and part, part, whole)?
  • Find numbers in different groups of objects and represent it with a number bond
  • Add one more to a group and count on to find the new total
  • Count on from one part of a number to a total of 6 or 7. Represent with a number sentence and a number bond.

Writing: We are still launching our Writers Workshop by learning the structure, routine, and management. We will learn more this week about finding a topic and finding a "small moment" within that topic to draw and write about.

Your child should read every night…

First grade is a year that you will notice a lot of progress in your child's reading abilities. One of the best ways to support your child as a reader is to make sure that he or she is reading for at least 20 minutes each night.

Nightly reading does not necessarily have to be done with a timer next to your child. In fact, there are a lot of ways to get your child reading (even when you are having a busy evening):

  • Read labels and signs together when you are the grocery store or driving down the road.
  • Read a favorite book together at bed time.
  • Type up the lyrics to some of your child's favorite songs to read as you sing together.
  • Read a book together and then take turns acting out your favorite parts.
  • Partner read a story by taking turns reading.
  • Keep some books in the car for long car rides.
  • Ask your child to tell you what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of a story that was read before.

If you need reading materials:

  • The Athol Public Library is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and until 5:30 p.m. on the other week nights.

Did you know that you can return overdue books on Wednesdays and not get charged the late fee?

  • Contact me and I can try to help you with some resources