Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November Newsletter
It is very hard to believe that we are entering the month of November already. 
Our first grade friends have been super busy learning. Just a reminder
(if you have not signed up already) we have parent teacher conferences coming
up.  The link to sign up is https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Center_Drive_School


As we enter the new month we will also be starting our theme 3 reading unit.  In
this unit our reading strategies are phonics and decoding words, evaluating as
we read, predicting/inferring, and questioning.  For comprehension we focus on
main idea and details. This leads into summarizing what we have read. We
work on reading fluency daily, and have seen much improvement. For grammar
we are focusing on what is a sentence, and the naming part of the sentence or
the who, and the action part of the sentence.  We begin Spelling words and tests
in this unit. Be on the lookout for a spelling list to come home. The first graders
will also bring home a Spelling Contract each week. They will be responsible for
choosing 5 different activities to help them practice the words on their spelling
list. The children are very excited to start having spelling tests…….just like the
big kids!


We are beginning Topic 4 in Math…..Subtraction facts to 20.  In this topic the
students are introduced to several key strategies for solving subtraction facts. 
These strategies include counting to subtract, making 10 to subtract, and using
addition to subtract. Please continue to practice those basic addition and
subtraction facts:)
  
Ask your child what a small moment story means to them. The finishing touches
(editing and revisions) are being made to their favorite small moment story as
these blossoming writers are becoming published authors.  Information writing is
coming up next. The students will be writing to teach about topics that they are
“experts” about. 


In Science we will explore sound.  The key learning is that sound is caused by
vibrations.   For Social Studies we will discuss and read about the pilgrims and
how life was then.  We will also compare it to life now.  


**As the weather begins to cool down please dress appropriately for recess.**


IMPORTANT DATES


Book Fair October  October 28th to November 8th
Parent Teacher Conferences  November 7th Noon Dismissal
Parent Teacher Conferences November 8th  No School
Veteran’s Day November 11th No School

Thanksgiving Break November 27th to 29th