1st grade Important date: Tuesday 2/16 is the 100th day of school. Please have your child dress up as one might have dressed 100 years ago or might dress up 100 years in the future.
This week we read a story called Voy con mi familia a casa de mi abuela or I’m Going With my Family to Grandma’s house. In the story we were able to discuss the different method of transportation that was used by the different characters to visit their grandma. We then used the comprehension strategy of classifying and categorizing/clasificando y categorizando which allowed for the kiddos to put like things and ideas together to help them understand the relationships among different things in the story.
We celebrated Lincoln’s birthday on Friday. The students had fun reading a book about Lincoln and then they made their own books. Ask your kiddo to tell you something they learned about him.
We also celebrated Valentine’s Day on Friday. The kids exchanged their valentines and played a word scramble game using valentine theme words. They also decorated valentines holders.
In math we learned some subtraction short cuts. One subtraction strategy that we learned had three steps:
1. Group the tens and ones
2. Subtract the ones
3. Add the tens and ones
We also practiced some subtraction problems using a base ten block to help them to visualize subtracting a number from ten.
This week for spelling we have been working on our sorts which have focused on the short o sound and or sounds. The class has sorted several times. This has been a more challenging sort than some of the others we have done. Most of the class has done at least one activity with their words this week. We will have a test on these sorts at the end of next week. We continue to focus on our word wall words in our journal writing and our punctuation. In in our journal we wrote a letter to someone as if we were discovering the Aztecs. We also wrote about our field trip, a love letter to a pet or a favorite animal, and we had free choice.
The First graders learned how to make a couple different popup cards for Valentines day. They drew and cut out a heart pattern, and then used this to cut out hearts of different colors which were layered on the front of the card. The students brought home their cards and the beautiful watercolor paintings from last week. Happy Valentines Day!