Significant Americans Unit:
Over the past couple of weeks we have started a unit on Significant Americans that will combine 3 of our first grade learning targets.
Reading: I can find the main topic (what the story is specifically about) and three supporting details (facts about the main topic) in informational text.
Social Studies:I can research historical figures and explain their contributions to America.
Writing: I can write an informational piece
Over the past couple of week we have looked at different informational text on George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. We have practiced listening to the text and identifying 3 supporting details/facts that tell us about each person. We have also had some fun making portraits of each of these leaders. In the coming weeks we will learn how to research a significant American of our choice in order to write our own informational piece that others can learn from.
We recently started a new unit on story problems. We are learning how to use the part part whole model to help us solve any kind of story problem (add to, take away, separating and comparison with unknown numbers in all positions).
The past couple of weeks we have worked on writing a narrative snowman story. We used our imaginations to describe what we would do at night if we had a magical snowman. We worked on using adjectives and descriptive detail sentences in our stories. We also worked on editing and publishing our pieces. They are hanging in our hallway if you are interested in checking them out.
Next we will begin working on informational writing. We will learn how to choose a topic and supplying interesting facts or supporting details.
Pathways: I can spell words phonetically
-Spelling words of the week focus: "What's Your Name E?" and sending the e to the end except when spelling words with ee.
We have learned and reviewed the following rules for spelling:
-When you hear the /j/ sound at the end of a word it is spelled ge
-When a short vowel or one letter vowel word ends with /j/ you will spell it dge (sledge) in order from keeping the e at the end to make the first vowel say its name.
-When you hear a short vowel/ one letter vowel word end with /ch/ you will spell it tch (patch)
*We have now introduced all 11 Screech guides and will use the remainder of the year to practice applying these guides when we read and spell words.