Monday, September 3, 2018

September News From Grade One

We are off to a wonderful start!  The students are all so eager and anxious
to learn all about grade one.  We have worked on classroom and schoolwide
rules and expectations. Just a few reminders…..We do not bring toys to
school unless it is for a special day or a reward.  We can not heat up meals at lunchtime.

Here is a little bit about what we will be working on this month……..

We are ready to begin the first unit in our brand new math curriculum…..Envisions!
 We completed the review/readiness the first week of school. Unit one is focused on
solving addition and subtraction problems to 10.  The main emphasis of this unit is
to understand the meaning of addition and subtraction. Using various representations
and acting out will help students understand “add to,” “put together,” “take from,” “take apart,”
and “compare” situations.  This early foundation supports the deep understanding
that is essential as they move along in math.

We have started our Back to School Review Unit.  In this unit we work with
introducing the reading strategies of prediction, retell/summarize, and question.
 We review rhymes, beginning sounds, and other phonemic awareness skills.
Letter formation and recognition is also a focus.  We will also review high frequency words
that were taught in Kindergarten. The students have started read to self time, and we are working
on increasing our reading stamina.  We are also working on selecting a “just right” or a “good fit book”.
Doing this will increase reading fluency and accuracy.

Writing Small Moments with Independence is unit one!  
As writers they will be challenged to bring their small moments to life.
 They will make a beginning for their story, show what happens in order, use details to help
the reader picture the story, and make an ending for their story.  

Coming up…...we will study the behavior of light.  Students will observe reflection of
light, and which materials allow light to pass through and which material block light.  

September will be a busy and fun month.  If you have any questions or concerns
please contact me. We are partners in this adventure called first grade!

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