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Letterland: Students will continue learning about the Silent Magic e and how he causes a Vowel Man to appear in a word. Adding a Silent Magic e to a word can transform it into a completely new word. In Unit 17 students learn Magic e words with Mr. I and Mr. O and the digraph wr is introduced in the words write and writing. Students also learn the soft sounds of c /s/ and g /j/ when followed by e and they will use the Magic e with Mr. U. They will also learn about the many pairs of “vowel men out walking” this month where the first vowel is long and the second vowel is silent. The first set of vowel men begins with ee followed by the digraph ea (long e sounds). They also learn the vowel pairs that make the long a sound, ai and ay. They learn why ay is used at the end of words instead of ai.
Math: In the month of February, we are finishing our unit learning about shapes. Students will learn to distinguish between defining attributes (number of sides, angles, etc.) versus non-defining attributes (color, orientation, overall size). Students will compose 2-d and 3-d shapes. For the remainder of the month students will add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. We will continue to use strategies such as making 10 (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)
Reading: February finds us using our Letterland knowledge to aid in reading tricky words. We will also select a story, poem, or nonfiction text to rehearse and read aloud to our classmates using a storytelling or reporter’s voice. Toward the end of the month, readers will work with partners to read about a topic across narrative and informational texts.
Writing: In writing, students will begin to create their own "All About" books. They will be using writing to name a topic, research the topic, write facts about the topic from prior knowledge or from information learned from research, and add closing to their writing. Final books will include a cover, a table of contents, chapters, and even a glossary and index. Students will also use conventions in their writing to make their books easy to read.
Social Studies: Students will identify examples of goods and services, ways to earn and use money, and how supply and demand affects the choices of our families and communities. They will use geographic representations, terms, and technology to identify and process information of various landforms. They will learn about maps and use them to locate places in the school and community. They will understand that history tells a story of how people and events changed society over time.
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |