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__Today in First Grade__

Today we subtracted and found out that today was the eightieth day of school. That means that we start the countdown from 100 to the last day of school. Tomorrow will be 99 days until summer break.

__Phonics:__

We have previously learned how to add "ing" to a word that has one guarding consonant by doubling the consonant to block vowels from jumping over and giving power to the first vowel to say its name. Today we learned how to add "ing" to a word that has a quiet "e" on the end that already jumps over and gives power to the other vowel.

If we leave the "e" on the word, then there would be two vowels together--and the "e" would then say its name. So we throw out the "e" completely and let the "i" do the jumping to give power to the other vowel.

Here are examples of how we add "ing" to words that end with quiet "e".

Reading Groups:

We did not do reading groups today because of a practice for the school Christmas program.

__Math:__

Today we worked on being able to read and understand how to get information from story problems and how to use some of the things we have been learning.

When comparing two people or things to find the difference. We remember that there is the same part and the difference part. The difference part is made up of the more and the fewer part (which is always the same quantity).

If Martha had 8 marbles and John had nine more than Martha. How many does John have? So you must remember that they both have the same "same" part. So John has 8 just like Martha. But he also has the "more" part that must be added on. (You can use the doubles plus one to add 8 + 9.)

Harold has 5 toy cars. Oswaldo has 9 more. How many does Oswaldo have?

(Above) Comparing is not always between two people, but can also be comparing the before and after of the same set. Albert had 13 marbles. He lost some. He now has 5 left. How many did he loose? So we can draw a comparison chart between the first set of marbles Albert had to compare it with the second set of marbles that Albert had. Subtract the "same" part and you will have the difference, or the part that he lost.

(Above)

Ricky had five toys. Trish has four more than Ricky. How many toys did they have? (Notice that the question asks how many they have together.)

So they both have the "same" part of 5 and John has an extra "more" part of 4. You can:

1- add Trish's toys together first to make nine and then add that to Ricky's toys (take 1 off Ricky's 5 and give it to Trish's nine to make a magic ten. Then add that 10 to Ricky's remaining 4 toys.)

2- or you can add the "same" part first (which is two fives to make a magic 10) and then add Trish's "more" part of 4.

Or, instead of comparing two sets, you can sometimes think of some problems as breaking a large group into two smaller groups.

Lilly had 16 cookies. Some had chocolate chips. Seven did not have chocolate chips. How many of Lilly's cookies had chocolate chips. (You can use doubles to figure out the answer by thinking that 16 is 8 + 8. Since the 7 in the problem is one less than eight, then you would have to add that one on to the other eight in order for it to make the 16.)

PE:

For PE, they played musical chairs.

Homework:

Monday and Tuesday of this week will have homework. The remainder of the week and the Christmas holidays will not have homework or reading books. But I still encourage you to have your children read as much as they can over the vacation to retain everything they have learned.

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