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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 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: We will use authors such as Amy Krouse Rosenthol and David Shannon as mentors.
Math: 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: Students will be able to summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth.
Social Studies: Students will explain how and why neighborhoods and communities change over time. They'll also explain ways people change the environment (Planting trees, recycling, cutting down trees, Building homes, building streets, etc.) as well as how people use natural resources in the community.
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |