Thank you for the beautiful card and the Target gift card in celebration of my birthday. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness!
We will be completing the second topic in math this week: Understanding Subtraction. The children have an understanding that the process of subtraction requires a number that is considered the whole and that there are 2 parts, the one they know and the one they must determine. They are solidifying their understanding of the symbols used in number sentences: the equal sign, the plus sign, and the minus sign. They have also learned that addition sentences can be used to complete a subtraction sentence when they remember both parts that make up the whole. A reteaching page will come home on Wednesday, hopefully. This will give you an opportunity to review with your child before the assessment on Thursday.
We will also be completing work on recognizing word patterns with th and wh, as well as learning to use and spell the question words: what, where, which, when, and who. The children will take a spelling test on Wednesday. While the question words will all be included, your child should be able to spell th and wh words from this list: bath, math, path, moth, cloth, thin, think, thick, them, then. A unit assessment will follow late in the week. Both the math and language arts assessments will inform my future instruction goals for the children.
I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support. First Grade will certainly look much easier, once your child moves up. However, it takes many hands to gently guide children to ask, to look, to think, to try, and to reach for the stars when they are building knowledge!
“Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.”
- Ken Keyes, Jr.
My prayers are united with yours for a blessed week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: The children will discover that God speaks to us when we listen to his word. They will describe how they feel when someone praises them as they learn to take time and praise God and others.
Language Arts: Student Objectives READING Phonics: Decode words with th and ch Associate ng with /ng/ and le with /əl/ Decode words with final ng and final le Identify rhyming words Phonemic Awareness Identify final /ng/, /əl/ Associate picture names with /ng/, /əl/
Vocabulary: Understand the expressions “Thanks!” and “No thanks!” Understand question words Recognize categories of people, things, places Discuss words that imitate musical sounds (onomatopoeia) Discuss the expressions “What a pet!” and “You gumdrop!” Comprehension Complete sentences about a story Use pictures and prior knowledge Understand text features (speech balloons) Complete sentences about a story Determine important ideas Draw conclusions to answer riddles and complete a puzzle WRITING Generate ideas before writing Write a question Use a model for writing Write a riddle SPELLING Spell Memory Words where, what, why, when, which, who Encode words with sh, ch, tch, th, wh Spell Memory Words do, have, show, how, me, a Encode Pattern Words with -ing, -ong, and le LISTENING AND SPEAKING Listen and respond to oral presentations Follow oral directions Listen for details in a song Fluency Read with expression STUDY AND RESEARCH SKILLS
Use alphabetical order .
Math: Connecting Models and Symbols: Students use models and symbols to show subtraction. They learn to write subtraction sentences in different ways. Problem solving: act it out - Students use counters to act out and solve subtraction problems. They learn how some problems can be solved by using objects to act out the actions in the problem.
Science: The students will access prior knowledge as they help develop a chart to list what they know and what they want to know about farm animals.
Social Studies: We will continue to develop an understanding of community life. The students will give an example of the people we depend on in our community, name important places in our community, and understand that community helpers provide assistance.