Sunday, September 9, 2018

September News from First Grade

September 9, 2018

We are off to a wonderful start! The students are 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 reward. We can not heat up meals at lunch time.


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

MATH
We  are ready to begin the first topic in our brand new math series...enVision! We completed the review/readiness the first week of school. Topic one is focused on solving addition and subtraction problems to 10. The main emphasis of this topic 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.

READING
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' book. Doing this will increase reading fluency and accuracy.

WRITING
Writing small moments with independence in 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.

SCIENCE
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 materials  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!