Mrs. Faccio's 1st Grade Newsletter

May 6, 2016

What's Up in the Classroom?

Reading - We wrapped up our study of non-fiction text features this week and moved into practicing story comprehension. Students also worked on their musical lines in a whole group and small group setting.

Math - I challenged the students this week with exploring 2-digit addition problems. They were given 1 cubes, 10 sticks and 100 blocks (the 100 blocks were for a challenge if they so desired) and told to build each number I gave them. From there, they exchanged 10 cubes for 1 sticks and added up all the manipulatives. They did surprisingly well for just being introduced to it. The idea was to show them that numbers mean something and to understand why they carry numbers over 9 into new columns (place value) when they add using the traditional method (which I will begin to teach to them next along with other options) .

Science - Students started their study of rocks this week. They learned about igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. The point of the rock study was so students would start to understand that rock makes up our earth (which is our main focus of study - the solar system).

Writing - This week students were introduced to writing reviews to persuade others. They were given many options such as reviewing a restaurant, game, place or movie. They were able to give a favorable review or a not so favorable review. Students included star ratings and lots of reasons for their opinions.

Field Trip Money

Please visit this link if you have not yet paid for the field trip. The cost is $5. If it's easier, feel free to send cash or a check made out to Forest Glen Elementary School.

Come Fly With Me

I am so excited about our upcoming mini musical. Terry Martin, former Bay Port theater director, will be directing the 1st graders in their show. Scripts went home yesterday either in your child's reading book bag or their folder. Students are to practice their parts for their reading homework each night. We will also practice in school so please make sure to send it back with your child each day. Mr. Martin will hold a rehearsal with the children on May 16th and May 18th from 10-11. The performance for parents will be on May 23rd and will run from 10:30-11:15. If you are able to attend, please consider staying for lunch with your child afterwards. Our lunch starts at 11:20 and I'm sure they would love to have you join them!!