Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013



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Talk and share with your child about the day.
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Today in first Grade

Phonics:
We practiced some sight words:  come, some, you, your, father, mother, do, said

Reading Groups:



Group A:       Rain       Sandwiches

Group B:         In the Rain Forest       Long Ago

Group C:        Alphabet Party       Who Will Help      When the Rain Comes

Math:

We have started our unit on subtraction.  We learned a lot today.  We have been thinking about adding and putting together so much that it is hard for the children to suddenly start understanding "taking away" or "comparing."
You can click on a picture to make it bigger.

Above are some subtraction vocabulary words we learned.


We talked about how there are two kinds of subtraction problems that we learn in first grade.  We learn the "taking away" kind where you have one number and take some away from it.  And we learn the comparing kind where you have two numbers and you want to compare them and find the difference.



We learned that when we are comparing two numbers, there are three parts: the same part, the more part, and the fewer part.  When children are asked "How many fewer?" they usually answer incorrectly by giving the smaller number we are comparing.  It is a hard concept for them to understand that the fewer part is the part that is missing when comparing the two numbers.  (We find it by subtracting the smaller number from the larger one.)

We also did just a little bit of reviewing about using two addends to make a sum.

Other things we did.  We made words with letters.  We practiced writing two sentences about the sun.  We went to the Book Mobile.  We watched the end part of the movie about the sun that we didn't finish last time.  And we watched a 7 minute movie of "The House That Jack Built."  I recited the poem of "The House That Jack Built" and encouraged them to memorize poems or other thing they like.

Spelling words for this week are:


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