Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 20, 2013


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Today in First Grade

Today was our Christmas celebration.  We wore pajamas, watched movies, listened to stories, sang songs, did crafts and art...






We even had a visit from Santa Clause himself.




















Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!

December 19, 2013


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Reading Groups:

Group A:      Seeds Grow Into Plants        Springs

Group B:      Save that Trash!        Can and Dog

Group C:      The Fox and the Snail         Two Snakes


Math:

 We discussed the fact that a number can be made many, many different ways.


We also did these kinds of brain teasers, where each row of numbers has to add up to the same sum.


We performed at the Christmas program in the evening.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013



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Phonics:

We practiced more about how the i, e, and y, can often change the sound of c to s and the sound of g to j,  and how to add "ing" onto words that end with those sound changes.

Reading Groups:

Group A:    Flags Flying

Group B:    Dinner by Five     Who Has a Tail

Group C:    Winter         Whales

Math:

There were 15 mice.   Six were white.  How many were black?



Greg had three.   Kaldo had four more than Greg.  How many did Kaldo have?


Liliana has 11 oranges.  Irene has three less than Liliana.  How many oranges does Irene have?


After lunch, the school watched and listened to a performance of the school choir singing lots of songs.  They did a really good job and we all enjoyed it very much.

Today was early-out Wednesday.

December 17, 2013



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When demonstrating how to subtract the days, we now need to regroup not only a ten into the ones' place, but also a hundred into the tens' place.



Phonics: 

We missed our phonics today while we practiced for our Christmas program.

Later in the afternoon, Iron County School Board members and Iron County School District members visited our school for various meetings and presentations.  The school and the school choir performed for them.  They were impressed.


Reading Groups:

Group A:      Where's the Baby

Group B:       That Cat!

Group C:        What Joy Found        Camping


Math:

We worked on understanding the word quarters.  We have discussed the word quarters before in use with money.  Now we talked about quarters in use with telling time on the clock.   We have not started our math unit about time yet.  However, I feel it is important to begin early and spend a little time each day, over a long period of time, in order to build a good foundation of vocabulary words and understanding about how time and clocks work.  

We also continued learning how to read story problems and figure out how to solve them.


If Jan had 8 red apples and three fewer green apples than red apples, how many apples would she have?


 If George had 4 big crayons and 7 skinny crayons, how many crayons would George have?


If Sue has nine flowers, but she wants 17,  how many more flowers does she need?


Martha has 15 pieces of candy on Monday.  She gets one more piece of candy each day until Friday.  How many pieces of candy will she then have?

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013


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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.