LHE First Grade Fun

Jan. 23-27

Welcome Back! We will be embarking on our first full week in awhile! It looks like the weather will cooperate! So, here is what we have planned:

Reading: Students will learn that active readers visualize text using their schema and clues to help them more deeply interpret and recount what they've read. Students will practice visualizing in poems and during read alouds.

What can parents do at home?
 While your child is reading, ask him/her what they see in their mind as they read.
 Stop frequently while reading aloud to talk about the pictures in your mind. This will help your child see that you visualize what you read as well. Ask your child to draw a picture or a sketch of what he/she sees when he/she is reading.
 Whenever something concrete and easy to picture is mentioned in the text, ask your child questions about it. “What color is the fish in the story? When you picture it, what color is it? What is the fish doing in your mind as you read?” Asking these specific questions will help your child visualize what he/she is reading and will help him/her do so when reading more complicated texts.

Writing: Students will be able to generate topics they can teach others about in their writing. Students will understand what it means to write an expository piece of writing.

What can parents do at home?
 Send in a list of all the things your child knows a lot about: clubs, sports, games, etc…

Tell your child what you could teach them about.

After reading a nonfiction book ask your child what the author was teaching the reader about.

Math: Students will be solving word problems using CUB (C=circle the numbers, U=underline the questions, and B=box the key words) to organize their thinking and PLAN (P=Draw a picture, Label your answer, A=Write your answer, and N=Write your number sentence/equation) to show their thinking.

What can parents do at home?
 Work on comparing numbers. How many more cookies do I have on my plate than you? How do you know?

 Ask your child to explain CUB and PLAN.

 Practice fluency using flashcards.

Science: Students will be able to understand the function of a seed.

What can parents do at home?

Encourage asking questions! Our science is inquiry-research based and problem solving oriented
Visit a home improvement store and walk through the garden section.

Read about plants.

Get a variety of seeds. Have your child tape them on a piece of paper. Have your child draw what they predict the parent plant will look like based on the seed.

Plant a seed.

SEE YOU THIS WEEK!

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December 12-16

Tis' the season for wild weather we suppose! In anticipation of one full week before break we are planning for some holiday fun!

Reminders:

Report cards come home Thursday. Please, check your child's back pack.

Friday is our Lacamas Sing-a-long at 2:30p.m. Join us for music of the season.

Students may also wear pajamas for our school wide spirit day on Friday!

In reading this week we will be reading The Grinch, practicing our thinking strategies and working on retell. We will discuss theme and work to put it into practice performing random acts of kindness.

How you can support: Read books around the theme of compassion. Talk about events in the story that illustrate the author working to describe the theme. Some great books are Unspoken by Henry Cole, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, and Elmer by David McKee.

In writingstudents will write letters to Santa. We will be putting these in a special book to share with families later this year.

How you can support:

Let your child help fill out holiday cards or make some of their own. Let us know if we can help with card supplies.

In math, students will be practicing doubles +1 and doubles -1. These problems are also called neighbors (8+9=17) because they are numerals right next "door" to each other on a number line. This helps to improve student fact fluency.

How you can support:

Practice saying doubles. Add one one. Write equations to match.

In social studies we will travel alongside Glob Trot Scot all over the world, visiting the continent of Europe this week. We will land back home and compare what we know to our own traditions. We will celebrate with a tradition festival on Thursday afternoon. More details will follow on Bloomz this week.

How you can support:

Ask your child what they learned about France this week.

Mrs. Clary, Mrs. Faddis, and Mrs. Schlenz

Lacamas produces a weekly news spot; take a look below.

https://youtu.be/MsNTEyX8pBE

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December

It is our first full week in the month of DECEMBER! Time sure flies when you are having fun!

In reading this week we will be studying informational text features and learning how to use them to determine the main idea of select text. Additionally, we will work to ask questions about informational text and dig in to find the answer as we read.

How you can support: Try out a new genre. Read informational text (nonfiction).

In writingstudents will finish their narrative assessment. Upon completion they will experiment with different genres and styles of writing.

How you can support:

Ask your child to read their writing with family and friends. Often reading writing out loud helps to clarify words they intended to write, spelling, and other conventions.

In math, students will be practicing combinations of 10 and doubles fluency within 20. During calendar we will explore 3 dimensional shapes including: cylinders, rectangular prisms, cubes, and spheres.

How you can support:

Play "I Spy" 3 dimensional shapes. Find an object to represent a 3 dimensional shape around the house or while driving (Ex: canned good for cylinder). Use one attribute to describe it and see if your child can guess what object you are describing. Switch roles.

In social studies we will travel alongside Glob Trot Scot all over the world, visiting the continents of Africa, Europe, and North America this week.

How you can support:

Ask your child to say the 7 continent chant for you.

Mrs. Clary, Mrs. Faddis, and Mrs. Schlenz

Lacamas produces a weekly news spot; take a look below.

https://youtu.be/MsNTEyX8pBE

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Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the holiday week. We have school Nov. 21-22 and off Nov. 23-27. School resumes on Monday, Nov. 28th.

In reading this week we will revisit all of the strategies we've learned this year as we share special seasonal stories.

How you can support: Continue reading over the week. Revisit the year's poems. Take time to notice the positive growth your child has made (ex: reading more smoothly, perhaps more accurately, with more expression, etc…)

In writingstudents will learn about adjectives and practice writing to a prompt: "Save turkey's eat more…."

How you can support:

Ask your child to read their writing with family and friends. Often reading writing out loud helps to clarify words they intended to write, spelling, and other conventions.

In math, students will be practicing fluency of all of the strategies and skills they have learned this year. Additionally, they will work to write their own word problems to match doubles equations. Students will learn to use their doubles for subtraction.

How you can support:

Have your child help you cook this week. Point out whole, half, and quarter measurement relationships whether it is cups, teaspoons, or tablespoons.

We will not have science this week. When we return in social studies we will be starting to learn about traditions.

How you can support:

Please, remember to take the time over the holiday week to complete the "Holiday Show and Tell" sent home with your child. They will be using this when they return to put their learning to work.

We are thankful for all of you and your support.

Mrs. Clary, Mrs. Faddis, and Mrs. Schlenz

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It is looking like a rainy week this week: November 14th-18th!

It will be a full week of learning and we are looking forward to it! At the end of it, please join us for the PALS Family Movie Night featuring Finding Dory. That is this Friday, November 18th!

In reading this week we will continue making connections. Students will work to distinguish between connections that help readers understand more about the story, character, and big ideas and those that do not. Some connections are very surface level and don't do much for our understanding. For example, you might have the same name as the main character. Other connections are much deeper. For example, you might have experienced the same fear as the main character and know how they feel.

How you can support: When reading with your child take time to stop periodically and ask your child, "Are you making any connections to the story right now?" or "Do you have a connection?" Try and model a connection of your own. Say, "I have a connection. This reminds me of…"

In writing, students will build on what they learned about "strong starts."  They will focus on hooking readers this week with dialogue.

How you can support: Read a Piggie and Elephant book by Mo Willems and discuss how the dialogue conveys the characters feelings and supports what is happening in the story. ep_toy_lg

OR

Check out a wordless picture book like A Boy, a dog, and a frog and add dialogue as you read the pictures.61yrI+Ra9aL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

 

In math, students will be exploring how to increase fact fluency using addition and subtraction strategies.

How you can support: Use dominoes to add. Talk about strategies you use to solve domino addition fast.

In science, students will learn about light sources and illumination. They will make connections between sound waves and light waves. Lastly, they will experiment with light travel through transparent, translucent, and opaque objects.

How you can support: Assign your child the task of collecting 5 different transparent(ex: glass), translucent (ex: waxed paper), and opaque objects(ex: block) from around the house.

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November is here!

It was nice to see everyone last week during conferences. Thank you for your time and for sharing your child with us.

We would also like to thank everyone involved with The Harvest Carnival. Once again it was a great success.

Important dates to remember:

November 6th is Daylight Saving Time (move clocks BACK one hour)

November 8th is the PALS meeting in the library at 6:00p.m. Join this great group of parents as they plan for our school.

November 9th the NED Show will visit LHE! The NED Show is a character education program that centers around never giving up, encouraging others, and doing your best! The assembly begins at 9:15a.m. You are welcome to join in the fun!

November 10 is our Veteran's Day Assembly @ 2:30 p.m. First grade students will be singing! Remind them to dress in red, white, and blue. Please join us!

In reading this week we will be making connections. "Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World” is a strategy that helps students develop the habit of making these connections. This strategy helps students comprehend and make meaning of the ideas in the text.

How you can support: Remind your child that their schema helps them to make connections. As you read draw on what you have experienced to make text connections. You might use the words, "I remember…" or "This makes me think of…" One step further would be to talk to your child about why the connection helped in understanding the text at a deeper level. Some connections are very surface level and don't do much for our understanding. For example, you might have the same name as the main character. Other connections are much deeper. For example, you might have experienced the same fear as the main character and know how they feel.

In writing, students will be introduced to "strong starts."  They will focus on hooking their readers with such great beginnings as onomatopoeia.

How you can support: Continue to strengthen their narrative ideas with oral story telling. Point out and retell stories while at the dinner table. Check out some book that use onomatopoeia: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? or The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

In math, students will be exploring how to increase fact fluency using addition and subtraction strategies.

How you can support: Give your child an addition or subtraction problem. Watch how they solve it. Talk about different ways you might solve the problem.

OR

Race your child solving a simple addition problem with counters (M&Ms, cereal, etc…). You count every item. Encourage them to beat you by using a different strategy.

In science, they will list their light wonders to be used for our inquiry investigation. They will make connections between sound energy and light energy. We will study the vocabulary words light waves and illumination.

How you can support: Play with a flashlight. Turn it on in a dark room. Shine it on objects. Talk about why flashlights help us see objects in the dark.

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October 31st – November 4th

It was nice to see everyone last week during conferences. Thank you for your time and for sharing your child with us.

We would also like to thank everyone involved with The Harvest Carnival. Once again it was a great success.

Important dates to remember: 

November 3rd is School Picture Retake Day.

November 6th is Daylight Saving Time (move clocks BACK one hour)

In reading this week we will continue to work on schema, exploring how we activate it before and as we learn. Students will have discussions on how and why readers make connections to the text to help figure out the big idea. Activating a student's schema can increase a reader's feeling of self-confidence and their ability to take risks, and it will help your child remember what they haave read.

How you can support: Remind your child that their schema is their feelings, experiences, thoughts, and opinions. Take a minute to ask your child what they know about the topic before they read. This will help connect new learning to something they already know, which makes their knowledge base stronger.Try it with your child and discuss how it can boost their chances for meaningful interaction with the text.

In writing, students will use temporal words such as first, next, and then to move their story along. They will focus on the passing of time and how to  express time in correct sequence.

How you can support: When talking with your child point out some of your favorite temporal expressions, such as, "later that afternoon…" or "as soon as I finished…"

In math, students will be exploring how subtraction is related to additions. We willl be working with fact families.

How you can support: Practice with your child on fact families. For example: in addition, 8+5=13. Thus in subtraction, 13-5=8, and so on.

In science, they will begin their study of light, with a focus on illumination.

How you can support: Ask your child to point out examples of illumination. Halloween night will be a perfect opportunity to point out examples such as lighting a candle in the pumpkin, Halloween lights on houses, etc.

Next week November 10 is our Veteran's Day Assembly @ 2:30 p.m. First grade students will be singing for the all! Remind them to dress in red, white, and blue. Please join us!

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