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Letterland: This month students will learn the sound of the digraph ng, and the same sound represented by n in words ending in nk. We will review the suffix ing. Students will study the word endings -ang, -ank, -ink, and -ong. They will learn, in Unit 16, that Silent Magic e 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.
Reading: Students are working collaboratively to compare and contrast information across text types. They are asking “how” and “why” questions about new topics, and compiling “I Wonder” statements to further research. As poetry is introduced,, students will reall previously taught strategies to decode tricky words. They will work with partners on coaching techniques, attempting mutliple strategies to figure out unknown words.
Science: This month students will learn about Balance and Motion. They will discover how many different objects and shapes can be made to balance or remain in a stable position. Students will also learn about the different ways objects can move. They will create tops that spin, wheel and axle systems that roll in different directions and build a rollercoaster using tubes.
Writing - This month, students will continue to learn to write informational/explanatory writing in which they name a topic, provide some facts about the topic, and provide a sense of closure. Students will plan for writing by drawing and labeling material and drawing step pictures across the booklet before writing step sentences. Students will work to write in complete sentences using precise action words to describe each step. Students will also work to have proper subject verb agreement when writing sentences. Starting in third quarter, students 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. Students will also use conventions in their writing to make it easy to read.
Math: Students will learn to tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks. Towards the end of the month students will begin to distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size) as well as build and draw shapes with defining attributes. They will compose two dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |