Take a look at our learning last week:
This week, we continued to spend time thinking about our characters. We paid close attention to how our characters were acting, what they were doing, and what they were saying. We asked, ‘How does the character feel?’ and then we backed up our thoughts with proof from the text.
We noticed that we could tell a lot about how our characters were feeling just by listening to the words they said. We used clues from the pictures and the characters bodies to help us figure out their feelings.
We jumped back into our Persuasive Writing Unit. We reviewed how persuasive letters had to do with things that were important to us and that helped make our home, neighborhood, or school a better place.
Next, we learned that persuasive letters try to make someone agree with our opinion. We stated our opinions in our letter using the “I think….” sentence starter. When we state our opinion, it becomes clear what we want the other person to think as well.
We then realized that it is important to think about our audience for our letters. If there is something we want to change in our home, then the best audience for our letter is probably someone at home, not at school.
We also talked about giving good reasons in our letters. Just saying that we really want something is not good enough! We need to share with our audience why it is important to us
Our first graders worked hard this week to prepare for our Unit 3 assessment. We spent our math time solving addition (missing total & missing partner) and subtraction stori
The kids were definitely ready for the assessment and performed very well. Woohoo! Still, they will be asked throughout the rest of this year to solve stories, and we don’t want your child to lose any of the great strategies that they’ve gained from our learning.
To support your child at home, please encourage him or her to always PROVE THEIR ANSWER when solving a story. We have taught our first graders to listen to a story and make an EQUATION that matches the story. Then we ask them to use a math mountain to solve the equation. This is demonstrated below:
We appreciate all the time that you take to encourage your child on their math homework. Practice makes permanent and we don’t want our first graders to lose any of these wonderful strategies!
December 4-15 – Candy Cane Sale ($1)
December 11 – Toy Day
December 13 – Library Day
December 14 – Holiday Program 6:30 @ Fair Haven Church
The first graders should arrive @ 6:15. There will be signs showing you were to drop off your child. Please see Mrs. Bretz’s post for more details! Click here –> Holiday Program