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1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 8, 12/2-12/6

Reading – Students are using comprehension strategies to help us understand what we are reading. One strategy is summarize. To summarize, a reader can tell what is happening on one page or they can summarize the important events in a story. Use the following words to help: First, Next, After that, At the end.

Grammar – We are learning about subject/verb agreement.

For most verbs, add “s” when the subject is singular. An example is “The teacher reads many books.”

When the subject is plural, do NOT add “s” to the verb. An example is “All teachers grade papers.”

Writing – Students will reviewing Narrative and Opinion writing types. A narrative paragraph includes a topic, transitions and facts with details about the author’s experience. An opinion paragraph includes a topic, transitions and facts with details about the author’s opinion.

Math – We will start a new Chapter 12: How to sort, describe and combine two-dimensional shapes.

Social Studies/Science – Students will learn about Holidays around the world. This week we are learning about Mexico, Israel, United States and Canada. Ask your child to tell you about a tradition from one of these countries.

 

Donations – First grade teachers are in need of white cardstock. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

 

Dates to remember:

M, 11/4 – W, 12/4 * Toy Drive

(New Toys can be dropped off at the office)

W, 12/4 * Walking Field Trip to Olympian High School

F, 12/6 * Grade 1 Red Carpet Awards Assembly

F, 12/6 * PTA Bingo Night at the MPR

Tu, 12/10 * Panda Express Restaurant Night

Th, 12/12 * PTA Holiday Shop Set Up from 8AM-4PM

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 7, 11/18-11/22

Reading – Students are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child of is: “move your eyes ahead of the word your mouth is reading.” This way they are ready for the next word.

Grammar – We are learning about commas in a series.

WritingAn explanatory writing test will be administered on Tuesday and Wednesday. Practice at home using the topic – how to ride a bike. Use these sentence frames to help:

Title: _________________

Do you know how to _____________________?

First, __________________________________.

Next, __________________________________.

Then, __________________________________.

Finally, ________________________________.

Now you are an expert on __________________.

Math – We are reviewing the following concepts in Chapter 5:

  • Solve addition and subtraction problem situations using the strategy make a model.
  • Record related facts within 20.
  • Identify related addition and subtraction facts within 20.
  • Apply the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction.
  • Use related facts to determine unknown numbers.
  • Use a related fact to subtract.
  • Choose an operation and strategy to solve an addition or subtraction word problem.
  • Represent equivalent forms of numbers using sums and difference within 20.
  • Determine if an equation is true or false.

Chapter 5 Math Test will be this Thursday.

Social Studies/Science – Students will continue to learn about the topic: Pilgrims and Native Americans

Essential Question: Who were the Pilgrims and Native Americans and why were they important?

 

Donations – First grade teachers are in need of white cardstock. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

 

Dates to remember:

M, 11/4 – W, 12/4 * Toy Drive

(New Toys can be dropped off at the office)

M, 11/4 – W, 11/20 * Canned Food Drive

(Canned/boxed food can be collected in the classrooms)

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

Th, 11/20 * Restaurant Night FUNraiser (Blaze Pizza at Otay Ranch)

M, 11/25 – F, 11/29 * Thanksgiving Break

W, 11//4 * Walking Field Trip to Olympian High School

 

 

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 6, 11/12-11/15

Reading – We are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child of is: “skip it for now.” For example, if they get to a word that they cannot read, skip the word and read the rest of the page or sentence. Then, go back to see if they can figure it out. This way, they can use the other words as clues to help them figure out the hard word.

Grammar – We are learning about compound words. Have your child identify compound words as they are reading a book. Example: The dad brought the girl a milkshake. The compound word is “milkshake.”

Writing –They will be observing how butter is made and are learning how to write an Explanatory Writing paragraph. Some transition words to use as they describe the steps are” At first, Next, After that, Then and Finally.

Math – We will continue to work on Chapter 5. One lesson learned involved using addition to check subtraction.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic-home/addition-subtraction/add-subtract-20/v/subtraction-2

Social Studies/Science – Topic: Pilgrims and Native Americans

             Essential Question: Who were the Pilgrims and Native Americans and why were they important?

 

Donations – First grade teachers are in need of white cardstock paper. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

 

Dates to remember:

M, 11/4 – W, 12/4 * Toy Drive

(New Toys can be dropped off at the office)

M, 11/4 – W, 11/20 * Canned Food Drive

(Canned/boxed food can be collected in the classrooms)

M, 11/11 * Veterans Day – No school

F, 11/15 * Federal Survey Form Due (Yellow paper that was sent home last week)

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

Th, 11/20 * Restaurant Night FUNraiser (Blaze Pizza at Otay Ranch)

M, 11/25 – F, 11/29 * Thanksgiving Break

Q2 Curriculum for Week 5, 11/4-11/8

Reading – We are using reading strategies to help us decode words. One strategy to remind your child is” “Flip the vowel sound.” For example, if the word that they are struggling with has a long vowel sound such as “huge”… instead of sounding it out /h/ /short u/ /g/ /e/, remind them to “flip the vowel.” This means to change it from a short sound to a long sound.

Grammar – We are learning about conjunctions. Have your child identify conjunctions as they are reading a book. Example: The cat ate dinner and then fell asleep. The word “and” is a conjunction because it joins the two phrases to make a sentence.

Writing –They will be observing how slime is made and learning how to write an Explanatory Writing paragraph.

The parts of the paragraph include the following:

  1. Topic sentence
  2. 4 Steps with sequence words
  3. Conclusion

Math – We will be taking the Chapter 4 on Tuesday. Monday will be a review of all subtraction strategies that were learned.

Social Studies/Science – Topic: Our Changing World – Families Long Ago & Today.

Essential Question: How do families grow and change over time?

 

Dates to remember:

M, 11/4 – W, 12/4 * Toy Drive

(New Toys can be dropped off at the office)

M, 11/4 – W, 11/20 * Canned Food Drive

(Canned/boxed food can be collected in the classrooms)

F, 11/8 * Military Pride Day  – Come and eat with your child!

M, 11/11 * Veterans Day – No school

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

Th, 11/20 * Restaurant Night FUNraiser (Blaze Pizza at Otay Ranch)

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 4, 10/28-11/1

Reading – We use reading strategies when reading words on a page of a book. Once strategy to remind your child of is “Get your mouth ready for the first sound.” For example the word is… Monkey. Your child should say “Mmm..” This helps them to focus on reading left to right, and letter-by-letter.

Grammar – We are learning about possessive nouns. Have your child identify possessive nouns as they are reading a book. Example: The boy petted the cat’s fur. Here the word “cat’s” is a possessive noun. This lets you know that the noun “fur” belongs to the cat.

Writing –They will be taking a writing test on Informative Writing later this week. Practice by having them write with these frames.

I know a lot about __________________________.

Did you know _______________________________.

One fact is __________________________________.

According to the video/article _______________.

Additionally, ________________________________.

Now you know all about ____________________.

Math – We will continue to learn about Chapter 4 – subtraction strategies. One strategy is to use addition to subtract. Another is use ten to subtract.

Social Studies/Science – Students will be learning about Bats. Ask them to tell you four fun facts about bats.

Art/Music – Thursday, October 31st

 

Dates to remember:

Th, 10/31 * Halloween – No party, no costumes

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival

M, 11/11 * Veterans Day – No school

Tu, 11/19 * PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

1st Grade Q2 Curriculum for Week 3, 10/21-10/25

Reading – We are learning about Nonfiction texts and this month we are reading many books by Gail Gibbons. Can your child find the main idea and facts in a nonfiction text?

Grammar – We are learning about plural nouns. Have your child identify plural nouns as they are reading a book. Example: The girl caught lots of flies. The boy played with many toys.

Writing – Students will continue to practice Informative Writing. Informative writing is when you want to teach someone facts about a topic. Sing the song.

Informative Writing has a title,

A topic sentence and lots of facts.

Don’t forget the conclusion,

Informative writing is full of facts.

Use some of the transitions before writing facts on a topic – Did you know, One fact is, According to the article/video, Surprisingly…

Math – We are starting a new chapter. Chapter 4 is about subtraction strategies. One strategy is counting backwards to find the answer. Use a number line to help. Practice counting backwards and forwards. A reminder that it does not always start at one.

Social Studies/Science – Students will be introduced and learn about spiders. Ask them to tell you four facts about spiders.

 

Requesting donations classroom projects:

A reminder that we will be painting medium sized pumpkins during the last week of October. The size of the pumpkin should be no taller than a water bottle. Please donate a pumpkin for your child by Friday, October 25th. Any donations of extra pumpkins is also very much appreciated. Thank you!

 

Dates to remember:

Tu, 10/22 * Souplantation Restaurant Fundraiser

M-F, 10/21-10/25 * Red Ribbon Week

Monday: Wear Black and White

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Enchanted Day

Thursday: Wolf Day

Friday: Wear Red

Th, 10/24 * Make Up Picture Day

F, 10/25 * Law Enforcement Day

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival

Q2 Curriculum for Week 2, 10/14-10/18

Reading – We are learning about Nonfiction texts and this month we are reading many books by Gail Gibbons. Can your child find the nonfiction text features: title, the table of contents, glossary and bold words?

Grammar – We are learning about adverbs. Have your child identify adverbs as they are reading a book. Example: The old man and woman ran slowly after the gingerbread man.

Writing – Students will be starting their own Informative Writing on the type of animal of their choice. Informative writing is when you want to teach someone facts about a topic. It has a title, topic sentence, 4 facts with details and a conclusion. Have your child sing the song.

Math – We will be taking the Chapter 3 test: Addition Strategies on Wednesday, October 16th. Students will be reviewing what they have learned and will be taking a practice test by Tuesday.

 

Social Studies/Science – Students are learning how to categorize and classify animals by looking at their external parts. An example is that birds have feathers. We are also learning to classify mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

 

Requesting donations classroom projects:

Thank you for those who donated nylon frisbees to incorporate in our P.E. rotations. The students have been excited about the new activity and are having a blast with them!

We are moving the fall engineering project up to next week. Any donations of the following items would be happily accepted by this Friday, October 18th: water bottle caps, tongue depressors, and rubber bands.

We will be painting medium sized pumpkins during the last week of October. Please donate a pumpkin for your child by Friday, October 25th.

Also, all classes are looking for any more donations of brightly colored paper and white cardstock as well. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! We appreciate all that you do!

 

Dates to remember:

W, 10/16 * Picture Day

Sat, 10/19 * Parent Academy at Vista Square Elementary

Tu, 10/22 * Souplantation Restaurant Fundraiser

M-F, 10/21-10/25 * Red Ribbon Week

Th, 10/24 * Make Up Picture Day

Sat, 11/2 * Masquerade Festival