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Literacy: What is the Main Idea

As reader’s we have expectations of stories. What are they?

Students understand that they now have many experiences and tools to use as they read for fun and read for learning.

The focus of this unit is to ask questions and research to find the answer in a variety of text. Through this inquiry they will begin to see how experts use certain words and pictures to teach the reader new information. Through collaboration and partnerships, students will expand their thinking. This unit will build research skills and inquiry as well as encourage connections across text.

Math: Consolidation of Concepts

How can I use structure to solve problems, explain, and justify my thinking?

Students use the structure they see in the number sequence, part-whole relationships, addition and subtraction situations, and measurable attributes of objects to solve problems and to explain and justify their thinking.

In this unit, students rely on the structure of parts and whole to find all solutions to Put Together/Take Apart problems with both addends unknown. In solving both word problems and computation problems, students can rely on the counting sequence to keep track of counts, allowing them to solve problems even when items are not available for direct manipulation. Students use knowledge of the structure of the counting sequence to 100 to skip count by tens and to answer -1 subtraction problems up to 10 without counting or using objects.

Writing: Stories about Ourselves

How can writers keep going when the work gets hard?

Students understand that it may take several attempts to tell a story, they will work to persevere through obstacles they face.

The focus of this unit is telling a story that is readable and easy to follow. Students will work to write their stories in a way that are clearly organized. This may include revising and elaborating for clarity in their writing as they go. As authors of their own personal stories’ they have a bank of ideas to write about and will need to narrow in on what story they want to tell. Student checklist can support goal setting, self-monitoring and writing conferences.

Social Studies:

What would my life be like if I lived “there”?

Students understand that people live in different places and that geography influences how people live.

Throughout this unit, students use maps and globes so they understand how these models represent our world. Students identify different settings where people live around the world and they begin using specific geographic vocabulary (close, far, mountain, ocean, etc.). Students describe different settings, which might include the types of food, clothing and shelter found in each place. Ultimately, students can describe and compare how people live in different settings.

1st Grade News

In writing, we are still using your child’s research homework assignment to create two separate projects!  The first one is the creation of a non-fiction text describing your child’s research animal.  This is going smoothly.  They love creating their own personal nonfiction book. This project will be a combination of facts, illustrations and other text features that your child will create and hope to share with you at our Spring Conference!

Additionally, we have started our work on the Chromebooks and computers using the multi-media product called Google Slides!  The students will learn how to upload photos they have taken and use them to create a presentation of their writing!  We are looking forward to this culmination of their learning!

We are on the tail end of Unit 6:  Comparisons and Data, in Math.  In this unit, students used what they already knew about sorting and classifying to sort and display data.  They built on what they knew about comparing numbers to develop comparison statements for a set of data.  In this unit, students used comparison language including “more” and “fewer”.  Our next unit we are starting is called Geometry, Measurement, and Equal Shares.  The focus of Geometry is composing shapes. Children also learn some important basic concepts about measurement.  Measuring Time units is also included in this unit.

In reading, we are still working on chunking sounds and building words.  We are also still focusing on sequencing the story and pulling out the important parts! Please keep practicing with your child as Assessment Day is May 7th!  We will also be having our standardized test, MAP, on May 8th and 9th!

What’s Happening in PE:   

We have stayed really, really busy in P.E. these last few weeks. We have been working on new skills like catching with a glove, hitting with a bat and throwing a Frisbee. All students worked really hard and never gave up learning these challenging skills. Please ask your students what they have learned and have them go outside and show you.


Music Notes

1st grade continues to work on rhythmic concepts and note reading skills introducing the solfege notes SOL, LA, and MI. We continue working on the basics of musical form by starting to listen to and chunk songs into sections from current songs from different genres. This work has been done through looking at, listening to, and moving to different types of music. The 1st graders will be writing a small piece of music to a Hiaku poem that they will be writing about spring.  We continue to build our singing voices, by singing various simple songs.  





























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