This week we focused on different books like "Because A Little Bug that Went Ka-Choo!", "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash", "Kitten's First Full Moon", and so on because they all had cause-and-effect relationships. Understanding cause-and-effect relationships is a strategy used by readers to understand why things happen the way they do in the text. This week we learned to look for clue words that will help in determining the cause and effect of the events in the text. Students also learned that some stories can have a "domino effect" where one small event can cause a lot of different effects. We also discussed how different cause and effects can change the story. Readers who recognize cause-and-effect relationships understand that in-text events happen (effects), along with the reason why they happen (causes). When students recognize this relationship, comprehension is increased. Here are somethings you can do at home to reinforce this reading strategy:
- Encourage your child to look for clue words when reading. These clue words include: because, if, then, since, so, therefore, & as a result of.
- When reading with your child, show examples of cause.and.effect relationships in the text. This modeling is essential to understanding.
- Sometimes we must infer the cause because it is not always stated in the text. If this is the case ask your child, "Why do you think this happened?"
- Spark conversation about the text by using the following questions: "What happened and why did it happen?" "What were the clue words?" "Why would this have happened?" Give examples of cause-and-effect relationships throughout your life. in your family, in sports, and in your friendships.
One of the most highly anticipated days of the school year has finally arrived: 100’s Day! I cannot believe that it has already been 100 days in first grade. It seems like just a few days ago that we started the school year and I was busy learning the students’ names! The students have shown incredible growth in these 100 days of school and I know they will continue to make such amazing progress!
The day flew by because we were so busy with 100’s Day activities! Some of our highlights today included: creating a classroom number line that went to 100 separating it by the "decades", practicing tens and ones utilizing the 100s chart, walking 100 footsteps, getting $100 and writing about it, sorting items and counting by: 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10s’, and backwards and playing mystery picture using the 100s chart. We learned that 100 can look different depending on what it is 100 years, 100 days, 100 seconds, 100 items, etc.) I hope that you enjoy the pictures below of our class celebrating the 100th Day of School for first grade!
We have continued to work on our opinion writing unit this week. Students were introduced to the following checklist to ensure they are setting goals for themselves as they write.
We began our president study by learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. After learning about each president, we completed a famous faces sheet which will be added to our book we will create at the end of the school year.
Monday, February 19th: No School, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, February 21st: Ice Cream Day, ice cream will be for sale at lunch for $3.00 to support our PTO.
Friday, February 23rd: EMPTY PAPER TOWEL ROLL DONATION TIME EXTENDED! Lunchtime STEAM still needs more empty paper towel rolls. Students are designing and creating marble runs using the paper towel rolls and a continuous flow of new rolls is extremely useful until our unit is over. Please continue to send in any empty paper towel rolls you have! Thanks for your help!