First Grade December 2019 Update

Dear First Grade Families,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of December!  We wanted to update you on some of the exciting things that we have been studying in First Grade.

In reading, we are moving into learning about the world by studying non fiction books.  The children will be learning about how to do the tricky multidimensional work of “integrating sources”-in kid language that means squeezing all the knowledge that they can out of the books that they are reading.   The kids will be encouraged to read as much non fiction as possible, studying the pictures and the words.  Throughout this unit we hope to promote deeper conversations between our reading buddies, showing them that non fiction readers don’t just regurgitate facts, but instead think deeply and talk about the information that they are learning. We are also diving deeper into comprehension.  Ensuring that children are interacting with the books they are reading.  Using post-its to track their understanding.  Asking themselves important questions like: Who is my story about?  Where is it taking place?  What important stuff is happening? How did that chapter end?

Our new math unit is titled How Many Stickers? How many cents? In this unit, we will be focusing on the place value of 2 digit numbers and operating on those numbers within 100.  Students will be coming to see 100 as 10 tens and multiples of 100 being made up of some number of 100’s.  This is exciting and challenging work!  We will continue to solve a variety of story problems.  Analyzing those problems to identify the type of problem they represent (ex: put together/take apart with one or both addends unknown, add to/take from with result unknown, problems with an unknown change or an unknown start).  We continue to work on the fluency of our doubles facts within 20 and combinations to make 20.

Finally, in Writing Workshop we are wrapping up our informational writing unit and entering the publishing process. Hopefully you are hearing all about their interesting and rich topics at home.  Children are working hard to organize their information, provide tons of facts and include an introduction and conclusion.  We look forward to sharing these wonderful books on December 17th at 8:45am during our Winter Breakfast and Expert All About Book Celebration.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in a few weeks.

All the best,

Kristin and Sarah