The first unit of the school year is called Alphabet Books and Children Who Read Them
The students will begin going to the library this week and will check out books on the YELLOW level.  Please listen to your child read their book several times.  We will begin Accelerated Reader testing this week using their library books.   Even if your child is above  yellow in reading they will begin at that level for testing to build their confidence.  As soon as they demonstrate mastery on that level we will allow them to move up to the next level and continue moving up as long as they show proficiency on each level.  
In math we are working on adding and subtracting sums within 20.  Please review math facts at home as often as possible.  Flash cards work well--the math fact quizzes are timed so memorizing the facts is better than allowing them to use their fingers.  They will also need to have mastery of the facts as they progress into multiplication and division.  It is much easier on them if they learn them at an earlier age.  
We are also working on fact families, even/odd number, numbers to 100, place value, doubles, base ten, and < & >.  
In spelling we are using a new program called Guided Reading.  It is a VERY CHALLENGING program and the students will need to practice their spelling words more than you did when you were in first grade.  The words do not all follow a pattern such as "at"  or  "ot" words.  The students will use all their skills of beginning, middle and ending sounds to spell their words.  
In science we are learning all the different aspects of healthy living.  We are trying healthy snacks, new forms of exercise, ways to help keep our bodies healthy and how to get plenty of rest.
Reading is a major focus of our day and we are working on different genres such as personal narratives and fiction versus non-fiction.  The students are identifying the different parts of a story-Title, Author, Illustrator, Characters, Setting, beginning, middle, end and when applicable the  problem and solution of the story.  The students are learning the differences between facts and opinions and how to use them in their writing.  In addition to the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of a story the students are learning to evaluate writing and determine such things as "What does the author want us to understand about the story" or "How does this story make you feel and why"?
Last Modified on September 14, 2014

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