LHE First Grade Fun

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.


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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