Hard to believe March is here! We are busy, busy! Assessments are beginning as we wrap up our 3rd nine weeks. We encourage you ask guided questions about our standards! Be involved! Thanks for all that you do for all of us to have a continued successful year! You are very much appreciated!
Listed below are the academic areas that your child has been working on during the 3rd nine weeks:
- Reading a text (Level G or higher) independently with expression, comprehension at 95% accuracy
- Phonics: Long and short vowels, consonant blends (fr, gr, gl, tr, cr, etc.), digraphs (th, ch, sh, wh), Vowel teams (ai, ay, oa, ow, oe,, ee, ea, ie, igh, y as a vowel, oi, oy, oo, ew, ue, ou, ow, ar). final e (when a silent e is on the end of a word it makes the vowel say its name for example cut-cute, mat-mate. hop-hope)
- r- controlled vowels (ar, er, ir, or, and ur)
- Sight Words: Recognizing 150 or more sight words…students need to read these words in a snap!!!
- Retelling a story from beginning, middle, and end with key details
- Identifying the central messages and main ideas of stories
- Identifying who is telling the story throughout the text (Point of View)
- Writing opinion pieces consistently and independently by
introducing the topic, stating an opinion, and supplying reasons for the opinion
- Correct capital letters at the beginning of each sentence and punctuation at the end
- Correct sentence structure
- Neat and legible handwriting
- Comparing two-digit numbers using symbols <, >, =
- 10 More /10 Less using 120 Chart (mentally)
- Decomposing Numbers (Make a friendly 10)
- Subtract multiples of 10
- Solve word problems to 20
- Addition and subtraction to 20
- Animals and their basic needs
- Contributions and character traits of historical figures – Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea, Theodore Roosevelt
- Identifying and locating all continents and oceans
Continue to work on IXL and Headsprout. We can’t wait to see the growth of our first grade friends!
Learning targets for February!
Social Studies- We have completed our 7 continents and 5 oceans. Please review often their placement as this standard will continue to pop up. We are currently working on Theodore Roosevelt.
Math- We finished with 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less but this was a difficult standard so please keep practicing. Here are some examples:
94 + 10 = ___ 10 more than 44 is _______ What is 10 more than 56? ____
37- 10 = ___ 10 less than 21 is _______ What is 10 less than 80? _____
For the next 2 weeks we will practice vertically adding 2 digit addition plus one number.
We continue to work on single-digit addition facts and subtraction facts to 20 with understanding and fluency. Please continue to work with your child at home on his or her math fact fluency especially in subtraction. Use those flashcards and time your child to build his or her math fact fluency.
Language Arts- We are learning compound words. We are also really working hard on all our phonics letters, blends, diagraphs, vowels, and for some students prefixes and suffixes. First grade is super BUSY!!!!!!
Reading- Please continue to read daily with your child at home. Encourage your child to read for at least 10 minutes a day. This creates a healthy and positive reading habit. Don’t forget to ask your child questions after he or she reads to build his or her reading comprehension. When your child reads pay attention to the following:
1. Is your child reading fluently which means reading like their talking?
2. Does your child read the words correctly or are they substituting the words? For example, the text states “them” and your child says “the”? It’s important that your child is reading the words correctly or it can change the meaning of the text or cause confusion as they read.
3. Is your child reading the text with expression?
4. If your child sounds out a word, does he or she reread the entire sentence again to make sure the sentence makes sense? Be sure to encourage that habit so your child gains meaning as he or she reads the text. This helps with reading comprehension!
5. If your child reads a book with illustrations, is he or she looking at the illustrations? Remember an author does not write everything down. That is when illustrations can be helpful to understand the meaning of the text and gain more information.
Writing- We are working on persuasive or opinion writing. Persuasive writing piece of writing in which the writer uses words to convince the reader of his/her view regarding an issue. Listed below are the
things we are looking for on a persuasive piece of writing:
Welcome back to school! We hope that everyone had a wonderful time off for the winter holidays and is ready for the second half of first grade. We will be learning so much the next 9 weeks of school!
Language Arts- Compare and Contrast Adventures of Characters, Central Message and Retelling
Math- Comparing Numbers, Review Dimes, Subtract Multiples of 10, 10 More/10 Less
Content- Lewis/Clark and Sacajawea, Continents/Oceans
Health- Muscle Groups
Technology- Creates a document using digital tools
Please stay involved as your child’s learning partner. Read each night, ask questions, practice math fluency and complete the monthly calendars.
“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything!”
Michael J. Fox
We are crazy busy at this time of the year and will be finishing up the end of our second quarter.
Reading- We continue to work on reading fluently and reading with expression. An important area in reading that we are focusing on is the main idea. The main idea is the BIG idea, or point that the author is trying to tell the reader. Also, your child is working on being able to tell 4 details about the story. The details need to sequential order and the details need to back up the main idea. We have worked hard on non-fiction text features (table of contents, heading, caption, bold print, photographs, index and glossary)
Language Arts- We will learn about common nouns (dog, school, store, butterfly) and proper nouns (Keheley, Publix, December, Tuesday). We will learn about adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe a noun (big, blue, fuzzy, soft).
Other concepts we continue to practice and build on:
Math- Reviewing all nine week standards and taking assessments.
Science- We will be learn about light sources and how and why shadows are made.
Social Studies- We will be learning about Thomas Jefferson. Students will identify the contributions made. Students will understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase, etc…
Have a fantastic month!
We are learning so much in first grade!
Language Arts: Diagraphs (ch, sh, th and wh)
Reading: Non Fiction Text Features
Writing: Informational Turkey Stories (gathering information, taking notes using a graphic organizer and writing a non-fiction story to inform others)
Math: Unknown addition and subtraction and reviewing balanced equations
Social Studies: Thomas Jefferson
Homework encourages responsibility and should not be viewed as a punishment but as a way to help your child succeed in school. One way to teach responsibility is by expecting your child to complete homework. Parents, you are the key to making homework a positive experience for your child. So please, make it a priority, provide the necessary supplies, and a quiet learning environment.
Some ways parents can help their child with homework are:
We will be collecting nonperishable food items to benefit local families. Please support this very special project. All items should be dropped off on the café’ stage. Some of the items needed for the families are as follows:
*Grocery Store Gift Certificates (drop off in the front office)
Cereal Canned Vegetables
Cranberry Sauce Canned Yams
Boxed Stuffing Boxed Mashed Potatoes
Canned soup Canned fruit
Canned beans Rice Pasta Gravy
Cake mix with canned frosting Mac & cheese
Thank you for your support!
Hard to believe it is September and Fall break is not far off!
We are starting small group reading since the students are well on their way to being independent in their literacy work stations. Please make sure you are reading at least 10 minutes every night. Spend time after you read to talk about and discuss the book. Right now our focus is main character, characters, setting, and key details (details that are important to the story/book). We are also discussing non fiction books.
1. Never stop reading to your child. It's the number 1 mistake of parents. Children need to hear the adult fluency.
2. Have a child who is having a hard time learning to read? Try this: Have your child read one page and you read the next. Suggest to your child that you can alternate the pages. This reduces the amount of reading for your child (and frustration level) and allows your child to hear the fluency from you.
3. Still having a hard time working with your own child? Let someone else do it -grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, or a friend. Children love to read with other children.
Writing Developmental Stages
Read the following about early writers and carefully decide where your child is with his/her writing. We strive to help every child improve his/her individual writing skills.
Early Writer (First Grade)
“A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others.
Be a carrier. “ -Tom Stoppard
Welcome to our first grade BLOG! We want to brag on your wonderful kiddos. Each day is filled with smiles, making new friends, learning about each other, reviewing Keheley’s expectations, and establishing routines and procedures. We will continue to build a strong sense of community in all our classrooms. We are off to a great start!!!!
We may not have homework, but we do have things you can do with your child to help him/her be successful.
Here are our first nine week standards:
Science, Social Studies, and Health