Learning Update

Reading: This week we sorted and studied nonfiction books to see how they are different from fiction books. We’ve noticed nonfiction features that help us understand our topics. We have also practiced using interesting teaching voices to help others (as well as ourselves) understand our nonfiction books.

Math: This week, we practiced our “Make a 10″ strategy using new green quilt cards. The cards are explained below:

The front side of our green cards shows an equation and the back side shows the answer along with the “Make a 10″ strategy. We wanted our first graders to try to “Make a 10″ before checking on the back side, so we taught them how to practice solving these equations using their fingers to represent the smaller partner. After borrowing from our fingers to make a ten, it was easy to find the teen total.

We ended the week studying our doubles facts. Many of our first graders know the first 5 doubles in a snap. The final 5 doubles were a little tougher.

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It would be wonderful if your child could practice their doubles facts at home, too. Practice makes permanent!

Writing: This week we worked on brainstorming a list of skills that we can teach other people to do. We picked our favorite idea and started writing our very first How To! We focused on making sketches first and then worked on our writing. Some of our ideas are: making an ice cream sundae, feeding a dog, making a snowman, brushing teeth, playing basketball, and lots more!

Ice Day Winners

Many students from our class practiced their math and/or reading skills when school was cancelled on Thursday. We are proud of our very own Ellie, one of the winners for the Ice Day Challenge! She won a gift card from Barnes and Noble. Congratulations Ellie!!


Learning Update

Writing: We have begun a new type of writing called How To’s. This type of nonfiction writing teaches others how to do something

We want to make sure that we have some good activities to write about before we start on our How To’s, so we need your help! This weekend, please brainstorm with your first grader about some activities that they know how to do. Some ideas might include: How to build a snowman, How to jump rope, How to play with your dog, How to take care of your pet, How to play tic, tac, toe, How to brush your teeth, etc. We will create a class list of ideas next week.

Reading: We began a new unit of study focused on nonfiction books. The kids are so excited to dig into this section of our classroom library. They have found books about animals, planets, weather, people, vehicles, and much more. We talked about how important it is to warm up to their book before trying to read. Nonfiction books are filled with new vocabulary words and previewing a book before reading really helps our word solving. 

Math: We began new math learning this past week!! Unit 4 focuses on tens and teen numbers, place value to 100, and strategies for adding larger numbers. So far, we’ve practiced counting groups of tens. We studied the teen numbers (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) and noticed that every teen number has a 10 hiding inside along with some extra ones. We also represented teen numbers using a ten stick and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

We also learned a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″.  For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13. Since the total  is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3. Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate. 

Learning Update

Reading: As we wrap up our unit on characters, we’ve learned about how good readers make connections while they read. As we read, we stop to think, ‘Would I feel the same way, if that had happened to me?’ or ‘Do I know of any other characters, from different books, who have felt this way before?’ Connections help us to understand our characters and strengthen our comprehension.

Writing: This week, we worked on including all the parts of a good persuasive letter (opinion, reasons, solution, and conclusion). At the end of the week, we picked a few of their final letters to revise and edit. Next week we will celebrate the hard work that these kids have done in this unit.

Math: This week, we reviewed our math learning that we have done so far this year and then took an online assessment for Unit 1-3. The kids have grown so much in their understanding of numbers, partners, and equations.

Look for an overview coming home soon of how your child performed on this interim assessment. Check to see if there are any areas that your child might need to practice. I will meet with any students who have not mastered assessed areas. To help your first grader at home, you can encourage your child to practice his/her facts on MobyMax. Knowing facts confidently will be a huge help as we begin our next unit on teen numbers. Thank you!