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Letterland: Students will learn the r-controlled vowel sounds, ar and or, in unit 29 and will be introduced to the “Vowel Stealing” Robots, Arthur Ar and Orvil Or. In unit 30, children learn three new ways to spell the /or/ sound: ore, oor, and our (as in your). Another pair of “Vowel Stealers” are found in the “sound-alike” spellings of ir and ur, in unit 31. The last “Vowel Stealer” er is introduced in Unit 32. This is the 3rd “sound alike” that has the same sound as ir and ur. Students will learn to “catch” these sounds before they trick them into saying the usual short i or short u sound. In our last unit this month, students will learn the first of two sounds for oo (as in zoo, moon, and choose).
Reading: Students will continue to identify who is telling the story at various points in a text. They will act out a selected scene from a story of their choice. With prompting and support, children will read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for First Grade. We will also identify the main topic and retell key details of an informative text, and use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key details.
Writing: Students will write opinion and informational writing. They will learn to form opinions and write clear reasons for this opinion. Students also learn to include an introduction and closing in all types of writing in first grade as well. Students will participate in all types of science investigations and write about these investigations in science notebooks. This will be students first formal exposure to the Scientific Method in written form.
Math: Students 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. Students will work to understand that in adding two-digit numbers, one adds tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose a new ten. They will be able to order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. Students will express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; they will work 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. Students will continue to collect, organize, and analyze data. Students will be able to partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of.
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.
Social Studies: Students will understand that the natural environment often provides many natural resources for people to live such as land, plants, water and animals. Students will understand how people use and conserve natural resources in their community. Students will also understand how the environment impacts where people live.
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