Mrs. Poliszczuk's First Grade Class

Weekly Update

January 11-January 15

January 15, 2016

This week in reading, students used a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast two folktales, The Little Red Hen, and The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. As our end of the unit activity, students independently read a folktale and took notes to name and describe the characters and setting, state the lesson (central message) of the story and retell the beginning, middle and end of the folktale. Students were given the choice to orally retell the story or make a poster. Please look for the checklists and posters to come home next week.

In phonics, students practiced reading and writing words with the long vowels sounds spelled o_e, e_e, and u_e. Students were reminded that those letters together only make one sound, therefore, they are a part of the same syllable. Students practiced reading and clapping out words with the cvce (consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e) syllable pattern. In addition, students reviewed the verbs is and are and practiced using them correctly in sentences. Ask your child when we would use is and when we would use are in a sentence.

In math, students have had fun responding to and creating their own surveys. Students have also learned to analyze the data from the surveys. Students practiced using a variety of ways to represent survey data. Some examples are pictures, names, bars and tally marks. Some examples of our surveys are: Do you prefer ice cream in a cup or a cone? Would you rather be an eagle or a whale? Did you drink milk with your lunch today?

In Social Studies, students learned that people adapt and change the environment to fit their needs. We discussed the problems that can occur form doing so. An example is a resort that is built takes away the homes of the native plants and animals that live there. We also discussed positive changes made here in MD, such as the building of the Bay Bridge and why it was needed.

Next Week

Please have your child wear sneakers on Wednesday and Friday for PE (Wednesday will be the make up class from Tuesday.)

Schools closed on Monday for MLK, Jr. Day and Tuesday for teacher PD.

As always, thank you for your support and have a wonderful, long weekend!