Word Work vs Spelling Test
This year I will not give weekly spelling tests. Instead of working all week on a list of words that is spelled correctly on test day, and rarely spelled correctly again, we will have Word Work. Word Work is the study of words and word patterns. Students should work on reading and writing these words. They can also extend word study to words that fit the patterns we are working on.
Once we have a word in word study, students should be able to locate the word and spell it correctly in daily writing. Remember though, spelling comes easily to some thinkers and can be frustrating for others. The goal is to understand sounds and sound patterns, and then to memorize as many words as they can that don't have a regular pattern (sight words).
I will assign Individual High Frequency Words (sight words) for your child to study. Students will have a chance to read and spell their individual words. Once they do, the word will get a sticker in their word study book. They will then be responsible for writing these words correctly in all of their writing. Individual words will be added next week.
Upcoming First Grade Event
First Grade Literacy Night on Thursday, October 2!
Parents as Reading Partners!
CES Media Center
What Are We Learning?
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cat dad ham can
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Students have built their reading stamina to 14 minutes of independent and on task reading! Way to go Mrs. Hawkins' Class!
Writing: Personal Narrative Stories
This week we are learning that authors can write Personal Narratives. Personal Narratives are about one thing, are true, and about the author's own experiences.
Math: Problem Solving
This week we are practicing our problem solving skills. We add word problems to our journals and solve them together. These are the steps we follow to solve a problem.
*I can make a model or draw a picture to prove that my math thinking is correct.
*I can write a number sentence (equation) to go with the story.
*I can answer the question.