I hope that you all enjoyed your holiday break with loved ones. I have to say that as much needed the last couple of days relaxing has been, I am so thrilled to finally have a full week of school. The wacky weeks in month of November has thrown off our classroom schedule and I am anxious to get us back on track with a bit of normalcy. Here are your updates:
Peek into this week in 1st grade
In reading, we've been diving into naming character traits based on what a character says, does, or thinks. We have gotten really good at making inferences about a character in the books that we have read (2nd grade standard; RL.2.1, RL.2.3), and now we're going to push it a bit further into the 3rd grade standard (RL.3.1, RL.3.3) with stating where/what in the text helps support their inference about that character.
In math, we are continuing to work on subtraction. We've worked on subtracting a one-digit number from a two-digit number and we'll be moving forward this week with subtracting a two-digit number from a two-digit number. We will eventually move onto subtracting numbers up to 100s and 1,000s. By the end of this week, I plan on giving the students a quiz to see how we are mastering these math skills and how if it's appropriate to move forward to working on one/two-step word problems involving subtraction and/or addition. After this unit on subtraction, we will be looking into telling time by the minute.
Last week, students received their social studies textbooks. They were all so excited to do a walk-through of the textbook and to write their names in it. It was very adorable seeing the looks of excitement on their faces to have a textbook for the first time. The social studies curriculum in 1st grade really dives into our own and different communities: seeing and understanding laws, rules, recognizing and understanding how different community roles play a significant part in our lives.
With writing, we're working on writing in complete sentences-- ending our sentences with the correct punctuation. We've also continuing to work on our narratives stories with our focus on finding a small moment and being detailed in our writing the events that happened. Also making sure that our narratives have an actual conclusion.
A couple of weeks ago, the students had outdoor recess. Many of them came back inside with their socks and pants wet from playing in the snow. I allowed them to change into some their emergency clothes that were brought in the beginning of the school year. If you know that your child has dipped into the emergency clothes that was in their locker, please send back to school emergency clothes for future instances.
Join us for a night of STEM on December 6th from 5:30-7:00. Celebrate Hour of Code with coding activities and sphero maze, help the snowman safely glide down the Lenart mountain. Build a snowball structure with unique materials and meet and greet with real engineers!
Many parents have asked about how they can work with their child on our weekly math fluency test-- also known as "Fish Test." Though the test is never for a grade, it is important for students to know their basic addition and subtraction facts. The following website would be a great place for the math addition fluency. http://www.math-aids.com/Addition/Addition_Drills.html. Check off the appropriate boxes for what kind of problems you want.