Happy New Year! The second half of this school year has begun, and we are looking forward to new learning experiences and continued growth with our first grade students. We recently completed our mid-year assessments to document each student’s reading and writing progress. Their daily writing should include consistent use of complete sentences, proper punctuation, and details. Students are expected to be reading a level 9/10 book (minimum expectation) at this point in the school year. We have worked hard to master various skills and strategies needed to read independently. Digraphs and blends, those two-letter consonant combinations which make a different sound when put together will be our focus in the upcoming weeks. Different genres, such as biography and fantasy, will be integrated into our reading curriculum. Please continue to read with your child daily and ask questions following the story to build comprehension.
The concepts of time and money will be introduced in our Math curriculum. These two topics are applied in our everyday routines and can be practiced at home with coins and clocks/watches. We will also continue to review our addition and subtraction facts. Students should be able to recognize the sign, + or -, and solve the problem using a drawing or from memory. Problem solving is a daily activity in class.
In Social Studies, we explored the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and characteristics of cultural diversity. Students will be categorizing living/non-living things during Science lessons, as well as learning the features of solids, liquids, and gases.