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Letterland: Students will continue “vowel men” out walking with the vowel pair that makes the long a sound, ai and ay. They learn why ay is used at the end of words instead of ai. The vowel pair oa makes the long o sound. A story about Walter Walrus explains why ow (low) also makes the long o sound. In unit 24, students learn that Mr I and Mr O say their names but do not follow the familiar patterns we have learned thus far. (Magic e, vowel men out walking, or vowel men on the end). Most of the words we learn with this unit are rhyming words (old, cold, fold) and (kind, find, mind). They will also learn the story behind -mb. In unit 25 children learn the sound of ue, ui, and ew. In some words we hear the long u sound as in cue and few. In the words blue, fruit, and flew, the sound is the sound of oo (zoo). Students will learn that y can represent the long /e/ at the end of words.
Reading: Students will gather information about a topic using texts from a variety of genres. They will compare two text on the same topic, discussing basic similarities and differences using illustrations, descriptions, and procedures. First Graders will also identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
Writing: In this unit, students will learn how to write narrative stories from their own life centered on one moment in time. They will learn to describe events in a sequenced manner using temporal words and will learn to signify an end to stories with closure. We will also look at how authors wrote informational text to complete more informational How-To and All About writing. Students will learn to stretch and record all dominant sounds in words sequentially, print upper and lowercase letters correctly, sit letters on the line, put spaces between words, use pictures and labels to plan out stories, and record short vowels correctly in simple CVC words.
Math: Students will continue to learn about 2-D and 3-D shapes and their defining attributes. We will continue to add and subtract within 20, while demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Students will use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13). Students will understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.
Science: We are learning about Pebbles, Sand and Silt this month. Students will become familiar with and identify certain attributes of rocks and earth materials. Students will understand the physical properties of Earth materials that make them useful in different ways.
Social Studies: Students will use geographic tools to identify characteristics of various landforms and bodies of water. Students will understand the basic elements of geographic representations using maps (cardinal directions and map symbols).
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |