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Math: First Graders will add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number, and adding a two-digit number and a multiple of 10. They will order three objects by length; comparing the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. Students will also be required to understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. We will partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, and describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. First Graders will need to understand that decomposing in equal shares creates smaller shares.
Reading: First Graders will continue to retell and think about a central message or lesson. We will focus on understanding character’s feelings, and how they are important to a storyline. We will be reading increasingly complex texts, comparing and contrasting experiences of characters by looking for patterns across books. Students will reread with purpose, and practice citing text evidence when discussing stories with partners or small groups.
Letterland: Students will learn that y can represent the long /e/ at the end of words in unit 26 (Mr. Yo-Yo man works for Mr. E.). They will also learn two of the three sounds for the suffix -ed. The suffix ed can say /ed/ or just /d/. Students learn to finger-sound just the base word and then add the suffix when reading the words. When spelling the words, students should pronounce the base word, segment it, write the base word, then add the suffix. In unit 28 students will learn the third sound of the suffix -ed, the /t/ sound.
Science: First graders will recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment. Students will recognize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth.
Writing: Students will brainstorm all that they know about writing, how to write effectively as well as different types of writing and each type’s purpose. They will then use what they know about writing to help them generate ideas for their own type of writing. Students will have choice in what they choose to write and the format they use to convey their written message. They will notice that characteristics of good writing span across different types of writing. Good writers always plan before writing, no matter what type of writing they are producing. Good writers also choose their words wisely, reread to make sure they have written what they intended to write, “show and not tell” details, and make sure their writing is focused and on topic. Students will work with their partners and mentor texts to lift the level of their writing. Finally, students will choose one piece to publish and reread their work making sure others will react to their writing.
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |