Dear First Grade Families,
This week, we have had some great conversations about Martin Luther King’s dreams, and about your children’s hopes and dreams for the world as well. We learned in our studies that MLK Jr. began dreaming about how he wanted the world to be when he was right around the age of Room 7 students! We read books and had discussions about his life, legacy, and message of equality, love and compassion. Our dreams are hanging in the classroom.
Scholastic Book Orders: Please order your books by next Thursday, January 24th. I will place the order on Friday.
To order books online:
• REGISTER at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs
• ENTER the Class Activation Code NFHZM
• CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Story Books
• SUBMIT the order to your child's teacher
• EARN FREE Books for you and the classroom too!
MATH: Our focus has shifted to place value and understanding (though we will continue to work on addition and subtraction throughout the year). Kids need lots of concrete, hands-on practice with manipulatives to be able to conceptualize numbers and their values. We will move from concrete work with manipulatives and pictoral images to more abstract numerical representations of numbers. Throughout the year we will continue to practice all of these skills. This is a foundational skill that we will build on as we go into adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers later in the year. Here is a great website to explain more about place value and to practice these skills at home. http://www.smartfirstgraders.com/place-value.html
INTERACTIVE ART SHOW FEBRUARY 4-8: Starting Monday, February 5, the multi-purpose room will be transformed into a vibrant art gallery, where you can peruse magnificent original works from EVERY Edna student. Throughout the week, students will participate in special Kiddo! art classes held in the MPR. The classes are open to family members, so plan to join your junior Picasso or Rodin for what's sure to be a fun and exciting art project! Please join your child’s class during their regular art time on Thursday, February 7 from 2:10-3:00. Here is the sign-up for Art Show volunteers:
English is not a phonetic language and most of the words only follow the rule about 50% of the time or less. We are going to begin to focus on a spelling pattern each week. My hope is for the first graders to understand the spelling pattern, as it will help them to not only write but also read the words. Please have your child practice the words and as you read throughout the week see if they can identify words that follow the spelling pattern. You can even give them a highlighter and an old magazine or newspaper and have them search for words that follow the spelling pattern. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
We are beginning by focusing on long vowel patterns. This week’s long vowel pattern is the long a. We learned about “Super e” changing the vowel sound. Ask your child to tell you about “Super e”. Here is the link to a video we watched in class that will help you and your child understand how “Super e” changes cap to cape or tap to tape. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD9dwkrUf8s