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This month in Letterland 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.
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.
This month in math we will show understanding of how counting up is like adding and counting down is like subtracting. We are learning to use different strategies for addition and subtraction to solve word problems (within 20). We will also practice solving word problems where there are three whole numbers to add. We will use fact families and memorized addition/subtraction facts to help answer these 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.
In science students will learn about comparing and measuring. They will compare the properties of measurement including types of measurement and the tools used in measuring objects. They will compare the length and height of objects using unifix cubes, measuring strips and measuring tape. They will also practice measuring the distance an object has moved. Students are expected to collect data in their science notebooks and are exposed to non-fiction texts.
In this writing unit, students will learn how to write narrative stories from their own life centered on one moment in time. They will learn to describe events in a sequenced manner using temporal words and will learn to signify an end to stories with closure. Students will learn to stretch and record all dominant sounds in words sequentially, print upper and lowercase letters correctly, sit letters on the line, put spaces between words, use pictures and labels to plan out stories, and record short vowels correctly in simple CVC words.
1st grade teacher at @WeatherstoneES, an aWESome Model NC STEM School of Distinction | @leesvilleroadhs and @MeredithCollege graduate | @Seesaw Ambassador |