We are currently on day 90 of first grade!
The words that we have this week cover when the letter Y is used a vowel (Y as an E or Y as an I). Here is a quick fun video that we watched as the class to review the rule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pdmaKQauXc. The rule is: in a one syllable word, the "y" at the end will sound like a long "i." In a two syllable word, the "y" at the end will sound like long "e." Our spelling words for this week are: July, cry, fly, dry, silly, copy, easy, family, twenty, sorry
Peek into this Week
We are beginning our subtraction unit. Much like our addition unit, we will be practicing the various strategies like hundreds chart, open number line, break apart, and place value line up (the standard algorithm) to solve a subtraction problem. In reading we will be continuing our nonfiction reading unit where students are taking what they are reading and synthesizing what they have noticed, learned, and wondering. This further emphasizes that as reading, we are not just passively reading-- but actively thinking. We will take all the pieces that we've learned, noticed, and wondered into the overarching question of, "what is this book trying to teach me?" We are practicing this in various nonfiction texts so that when we begin our research projects in science on our various planets, we will be able to pull out and organize details about the main ideas of our planet (i.e. the weather/temperature/conditions) from multiple sources. This will tie together our science, reading, and writing! I am also hoping that as a cumulative activity for this nonfiction/planet unit, that we can take a field trip to the Adler Planetarium! If you are interested in chaperoning, please make sure that you are approved as a Level 1 volunteer! :)
100th Day Celebration
The 100th day of school is tracked to be on Thursday, February 27th (pending no unexpected/snow days from now until then!) We will be doing different literacy and math activities that are related to the day. Students are welcomed to dress up in two ways:
1) Dressing up as if they are 100 years old - wigs, gray hair spray, eye glasses, etc.
2) Wearing a shirt/pants/hat that represents 100 things on it (i.e., 100 cotton balls glued onto a t-shirt, 100 stickers or buttons stuck on a hat) Here is a link for inspiration: HERE
Valentine's Day Celebration
Valentine's Day is coming up this Friday! We will be doing an arts and crafts project. Students will also have an opportunity to pass our little Valentine's Day treats if they wish. Students can bring in little trinkets such as erasers, cards, pencils, etc. Please no food!! We have food allergies in our class!
Upcoming Important Dates14th – Picture Retake Day/LPCG Parent/Child Dance (5:30p-7:30p)
15th - Gavin M.’s birthday
16th – Aidan J.’s birthday
17th – No School (Presidents’ Day)
22nd – Joy F. and Kailey P.’s birthday
27th – 100th Day of School!