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 - want, able, bad, give, today
(previous weeks' words: than, about, after, I'm, back, been, your, big, came, away, who, when, them, because, from, have, there, any, into, just, little, make, two, four, before, were, mother, very, could, where, over, ride, don't, said, that, one, five, their, with, what, but, here, going, our, three)
Phonics - long e (e like eagle) in words with the cvce pattern along with the "ee" pattern
Reading - This week we started our non-fiction unit and learned/reviewed the following: What is non-fiction?; the three types of non-fiction (reference books, biographies, and literary non-fiction); read one of each type of book; shared the information learned from each book with the whole class or in small groups in breakout rooms
Writing - This week we reviewed how to think of and tell one thing in each sentence of our weekend writing. We practiced using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence and an ending mark (punctuation) at the end of each sentence. We practiced stating one weekend activity and describing that activity in 2-3 other sentences of our writing. We also had some fun writing about our turkey disguise!
Math - This week in math we reviewed how to solve number sentence/stories with 9 as an addend. We moved onto solving number sentences/stories with 8 as an addend. We learned how to turn the 8 into a 10 to make adding easier. We practiced how to hide the zero in the 10 with the other number or how to count on to get the total. This helped us realize that there is a 10 hiding in all teen numbers (getting us prepared for our study of place value down the road).
* write 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