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.Letterland: This month students will be learning words with the rhyme patterns, -en, -et, and –ell. They also learn the phonic fable of /wh/ and use the consonant y for the first time. The /ll/ at the end of short words is taught with Lucy Lamp Light and Linda Lamp Light, “best friends at the end.” Unit 6 focuses on the rhyme patterns, -ug, -un, and -ut and the suffix -s with its two sounds: /s/ and /z/. In unit 7 they will learn a new way of sorting, by vowel sound, using all 5 short vowels. The digraph ch is introduced and the spelling pair qu. In unit 8, students learn the Letterland story of why y is a single vowel on the end of short words and says /i/ as in my and why. The “vowel men at the end” are also introduced. Students learn that when a 2- or 3-letter word has one vowel at the end, the vowel almost always says its name. In unit 9, the students focus on the sound of a in -all and will review short vowels a, e, and i.
Math: Students will learn different strategies for addition and subtraction to solve word problems (within 20). We will show understanding of how counting up is like adding and counting down is like subtracting. We will be exposed to word problems where there are three whole numbers to add. We will use fact families and memorized addition/subtraction facts to help answer word problems. Towards the end of the month we will begin understanding place value by telling how many tens and ones are in a number.
Reading: This month in reading we are learning many strategies to decode unfamiliar words. We are cross-checking ourselves when reading, asking “Does it sound right? Does it look right?” Students are also learning to retell, and coach one another when partner reading. These skills will aid in accuracy and fluency.
Writing: Students will continue to write small moment stories while learning to utilize writing conventions within their writing. This unit works to balance students' attempts to create interesting small moment stories while using conventions to make their writing easier for others to read. This unit will highlight the use of classroom tools, the use of spelling strategies, the use of rereading when writing, and the use of writing partners to help young writers share personal stories clearly and concisely.
Science: Students will be learning to recognize the differences and patterns in the features of the day and night sky and the apparent movement of objects across the sky as observed from Earth. This is a new First Grade unit of study that we are ALL looking forward to learning.
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |