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October 9, 2013

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Today in First Grade


We reviewed a few things.  Here are a few of the things we mentioned.

Ow and ou both make the sound that is like what you say when you get hurt, "ow."  However, the ow can also say the long o sound.  So if the "ow, I got hurt" sound doesn't work, try the long o sound.   How do you know when to use ow or our.  You don't always know, but ou tends to be to the front of the word while ow goes more to the end.  If it is at the very end, it will certainly be ow.  

We are always saying that "E likes to jump" because of its preference to be at the end of a word to give power to the other vowel to make the long sound.  The exception is that the E loves to be side by side with other E's.

An  r  makes  a  say the short  o  sound, but here is a funner way to remember the sound of ar.  Say, "Ar makes the sound of a pirate saying "Arrr."  This is very helpful when helping children read.  After practicing what a pirate says a few times, you can then, whenever a child does not know how to read an  ar  sound in a word, say, "Ar makes the sound of a pirate" and they will remember and figure out the word.   They love it!

This weeks spelling words are also included in the picture.  

Reading Groups:

Group A:        Too Busy       Meet My Family

Group B:        The Party      Twins

Group C:       What Color is the Sky?     The Pond


We had a discussion about writing vertical math equations or horizontal math equations.  I stressed how important it was for both of them for the numbers to be lined up with each each other.  This is easily understood with horizontal, since all our writing is horizontal.  It becomes much more confusing, yet much more important with vertical since it is so closely tied to an understanding and ability to use place value.

The main topic we discussed today was comparing the relationship of subtraction to addition.  We remembered how we had learned to make numbers.  Then we compared the numbers in that table with how we take numbers apart.  They both use the same numbers.  If we can remember one set, then it can help us remember the other set.   

After lunch we read a story together as a class about a boy how gets a pet chicken.  

Early out.

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