This month we have been focussing on addition and subtraction combinations. The goal is for all students to master combinations up to 10. We have been playing counters in a cup, snap and break apart, build a floor, and much more. We are having a blast counting in 1W. While you are driving in the car or making dinner have your child do mental addition facts. Thanks to Mrs. lemons for this great visual.
Keep practicing counting by 5's
This is the best map book! I absolutely love it. It has colorful pictures of different maps. The kids especially liked the map of the tummy, the map of the dog, and the map of the heart. As a follow up activity, students enjoyed making maps of their own hearts. They are thinking about what is important to them and drawing pictures. Check back soon to see photographs from this project!
This month we are learning about directionality: left / right, North, South, East, and West. We are also learning how to use maps. If you have a cool map for driving, GPS, ski map, zoo map, or any other map for us to borrow bring it in for a share, thanks.
We have begun our mapping and family tradition unit. We would like to invite families to visit 1W and share about a family tradition, country of origin, or a place you visited. We would love to have every family participate. We welcome you to do a presentation with another family and have your children help "run the show." If you have a secret reader slot in December this would be a perfect time too.
Please plan for a 20 minute presentation.
Ideas include but are not limited to:
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"I need to brush and floss to get food out and keep my teeth clean." D.X.
"Bacteria is part of making cavities." M.A.
"Brush your teeth." M.N
"Floss your teeth everyday." A.K.
"Floss and brush your teeth in the morning and night time." ZW
"I need to floss or I will get a cavity." D.K.
"Brush your teeth everyday to keep away the germs in your mouth." C.S.
"Brush your teeth if you want to keep your teeth healthy and clean." E.Y.
"Brush your teeth to keep your teeth clean and keep off the plaque." C.A.
"Make sure you brush your teeth at least 2x/ day because you want to get all the plaque out. You don't want to have too much sugar else your teeth will turn brown." A.S.
"You need to keep your teeth healthy by brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist 2x/ year." E.W.
"Every day you need to floss after you eat because it helps you clean what is left between your teeth." Y.B
"You have to floss and brush and you have to rinse your mouth because if you don't brush your teeth you can get a cavity. If you eat too much candy you may get a cavity." J.W.
"Brush your teeth and floss after you eat food and take good care." K.F.
"Don't eat too much candy and brush your teeth." G.K.
"Brush your teeth everyday and floss." S.K.
In 1W, we have been spending a lot of time learning about healthy teeth! We began the unit by talking about everything students already know about teeth. They had an opportunity to think like dentists and use mirrors to take a closer look at their own teeth. After sketching their own teeth, we began to learn more about the different kinds of teeth and the different layers of a tooth. Students learned more about dental healthcare by practicing flossing and brushing teeth with models. Students connected this dental health to a science experiment with hard-boiled eggs and Coca-Cola. They quickly made connections between how the Coca-Cola changed the outer layer of the egg and how sugary treats might affect the layers of our teeth! Students used toothpaste and toothbrushes to return the egg to its original color. This experiment reminded us importance of brushing our own teeth. Students were encouraged to practice and keep track of their healthy teeth habits at home. Throughout the week, we read stories, engaged in activities, and had class discussions that helped us learn more about healthy teeth! The students had lots of fun with this unit and are now able to share with you lots of tooth facts!
This fall, our class will be joining kids across the country to side with either cats or dogs in a pledge to read every day to help make their team reading champions- while also helping to donate 250,000 books to kids in need. And to get in on the fun, all your child has to do is read at home for at least 20 minutes each day.
It’s all part of an exciting reading campaign called Paws for Reading that helps parents make reading at home both fun and exciting for their kids. Your child tracks their time spent with a book (or eBook) and then logs their reading minutes at the Paws for Reading website. And a child in need gets a book of their own, no matter which furry pet team comes out ahead.
Visit scholastic.com/paws with your child to learn more. Keep visiting for ongoing prize incentives and fun downloadables.
Happy reading at home, and may the best pet win!
(Your child’s teacher)
For every 20 minutes your child reads, Scholastic Book Clubs ClassroomsCare will donate a book to a child in need through their literacy partners!*
The first graders all voted on Monday to watch a first grade movie together. As a follow up to our book election the first graders all voted for either The Magic School Bus Going Batty and the Magic School bus inside Ralphie (Human Body). The first graders had fun making campaign buttons and voting at a poll. The votes were tallied on Tuesday (The kids seem to think we were here all day counting the votes but really we were at a professional development training.) The winner was announced and GOING BATTY WON! It was an amazing race and all the first graders enjoyed packing into 1W on Friday to watch the movie.
All the first grade classes have been reading the classic book, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Flat Stanley is the story about Stanley Lambchop, a little boy who was accidently made "flat" when his bullitin board fell on top of him. His new dimensions were 4 feet tall, 1 foot wide, and half an inch thick. In the story, Stanley's family couldn't afford to send him on a plane trip to California, but in his new condition his family was able to put him in a big envelop and mail him instead.
As a follow-up activity to the book, all first graders made their own Flat Stanleys to take home and mail to a friend or relative from either another state or another country. The people who receive your Flat Stanley need to fill out the encoulsed questionnaire, the photo, and your child's original Flat Stanley back to you. Please send your child's Flat Stanley in an envelope big enough so he won't get bent. When all the Flat Stanley's return to school, we will be hanging them up on a bulletin board chronicling his travels!
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