Each week students were introduced to a monthly themed poem that they practice their fluency and expression by reading it multiple times while also engage in "Close Reading". This week the poem was titled On Martin Luther King Day by Randall Jarrell. "Close reading" requires students to look closely at a chosen text through repeated readings. Additionally, it requires students to thoughtfully analyze text and to have discussions while providing text evidence. This form of reading aligns with the Common Core State Standards because it allows students to access and develop understanding of complex texts. Complex texts, like the poem we were reading, are chosen to ensure that students are able to think critically about the text and to have thoughtful discussions. This helps develop first graders' thinking about reading. When reading with your child at home you can help reinforce this skill by choosing a short text or a passage from a longer text. Ask your child text dependent questions and have them show where their evidence is in the text. This chart could be helpful when reinforcing this skill at home with your child:
This week we began to learn about equivalent equations with subtraction for our common core standard:
1.OA.D.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 – 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.
Student Friendly Objective: I can tell if an equation is true or false. (For example 2+3=6-1 is true, but 2+3=7-1 is false.)
Students practiced this skill using unifix cubes and creating their own equation that equalled a specified number. In the image below, half the class needed to make an equation that had a sum of 7 and the other half needed to make an equation that had a sum of 8. After going through each of the equations we, mixed up the cards and played a game by pulling two of the equations and putting an equal sign between the two equations. Then students had to determine if the equation was true or false. We used the unifix cubes to "check our work" if there was a disagreement in the class. I encourage you to have your child try this at home to reinforce this difficult math skill.
This week we were able to connect social studies to our literacy study of the genres of biographies and autobiographies. Students are busy determining why a person became famous and taking notes of some interesting facts about these people. As they learn about a person they compile some information about that person on a "Famous Faces" sheet. Eventually they will be putting a "Famous Faces" book together with all of the facts that they have gathered about several different famous people.
Saturday, January 6th- Wednesday January 31st:
iRead for 112 Education Foundation & 1D Reading Practice at Home- Saturday, January 6th officially begins our North Shore School District “iRead for 112 Education Foundation” reading event. An informational note and recording form is inside your child’s Home Folder. Please record all minutes read and shared at home, beginning Saturday, January 6th - through Wednesday, January 31st. Please have your child keep his/her iRead recording form inside of his/her home folder so it does not get lost. Reading and recording minutes is a school wide activity. Minutes spent reading books sent from school, library books, books at home, magazines, newspapers, etc. can all be included on the recording form. Completed forms with parent signatures and TOTAL number of minutes read need to be turned in by Tuesday, February 6th. Thank you for your continued help, support, and participation at home! Donations are much appreciated and are optional.
Friday, February 16th: Early Release, students will be dismissed at 1:00.
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.