Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 school year! I am excited to be working with your first grader this year. This is my 30th year of teaching and my 27th year teaching first grade at Hawthorne Elementary. My favorite part about teaching first grade is the incredible amount of growth I see within each child from the beginning of the year to the end. Here's to a wonderful year of growing!
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1st Grade Learning This Week...
Sight Words - ten, change, part, outside, live
If you need a complete list of the first grade or second grade sight words, please let me know via email.
Phonics - We worked with the two sounds that "Crazy Y" makes at the end of certain words. (e like eagle - i like ice)
Reading - This week we took more time to review fiction texts. We reviewed and practiced asking and answering questions about those texts. We took a couple of assessments this week as well.
Writing - We wrote about our weekends. The concepts of sharing one idea per sentence, leaving spaces between words, and adding a capital and ending mark to each sentence was stressed prior to writing. We should all be using the word wall so ALL of our sight words are spelled correctly, and we should be sounding out all other words carefully. We should be printing our letters correctly on printing lines as well. These are things your first grader should be doing pretty consistently at this point. Second grade is not too far off, so we need to get these first grade writing skills down pat. When your child writes at home, please encourage them to remember these things.
We worked so hard and finished our opinion writing pieces based on the book The Day the Crayons Quit. They turned out amazing and will be coming home in a few weeks for you to enjoy!
Math - We continued to work through Module 6, practicing place value into the hundreds. We continued to practice the different strategies that we can use to add two 2-digit numbers.
Science - This week we learned that light and colors can send signals to people. We also learned that sounds and lights can help us stay safe!
* write me a note if your child's after-school routine changes on any given day
* take mail out of red folder each in-person night & read
* check over your child's homework & help him/her make any corrections
* remind your child to return homework the following day
* have your child read each night (20 minutes or more)
* practice tying shoes with your child
* label all your child's personal items (coats, boots, lunchbox, snowpants,) with his/her name