This Week in First Grade
Science Homework Please!
*We need fall leaves for our science lesson on Friday. Please have your child find 5-10 different (dry) fallen leaves, and send them in by Friday. We will be using the properties of matter to sort leaves by color, shape, and size.*
This week my class has Science with me. Next week they will go to Mrs. Harris for Social Studies, and the following week they will go to Mrs. Jenness for Health.
The students, and teachers, are very excited!
Skills for the Week
Strategy: Counting On Vocabulary: Sum, Model
Count On. Look at the higher number, saying its name, and then count on from there.
Efficient Example: 7 + 2 Seven, eight, nine
It is more efficient to count from the higher number, not to start at the lower number, and count on.
Inefficient Example: 7 + 2 Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine
The word "model" means to draw a picture that represents the math problem. Students make a model throughout the year.
Strategy: Understand Characters and Setting
Word Skills: Blends with r.
Readers break words into chunks. They find blends at the beginning of words, and then the word ending (word family). Readers blend chunks together instead of working through every sound in the word. Cutting word cards into chunks and putting them back together is a good way to practice. Example: cr ab
Word Study Words
crib crab grab grass trap trip drip drag
High Frequency Words
come good on that
Writers illustrate after writing is finished. Writers sketch out their details, and then follow that plan. We sketch the beginning, middle, and end of stories before we write instead of making one picture that goes with an entire story.
We are learning what scientists do. They ask questions, do experiments, and answer questions. We are also beginning a study of fall weather!
Don't forget the homework log! Students should practice words and read nightly. There is a math word problem on the back, as well. Homework is due on Monday. Be sure to let the kids check off when they have completed a task, this way they take responsibility for their own learning.
Thank you for all of your at-home support!