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__Today in First Grade__
We discussed how a double means cutting something in half. Half of 4 is 2 and 2. Since we just passed the halfway point of school, we showed that 90 and 90 make the full 180 days of school. And since most months have 30 days, we can figure that 15 is the middle point of most months since 15 and 15 make 30.

We are also starting to talk about simple expanded form, showing how many tens and ones are in a number.

__Phonics:__

Today we talked about how to add "ing" to words with adjacent vowels.

--We don't need to add another consonant to protect a short vowel, since there is no short vowel.

--We don't need to throw away the "e" on the end so that there is not an "ei" together, because there is no "e" on the end.

--All we need to do is put the "ing" on the end--that is all!

__Reading Groups__:

Group A: Plants on My Plate

Group B: Shadow Puppets

Group C: The Fourth of July Why People Move

__Math:__

Today we finished our unit of math about ways to add and subtract numbers, and using math facts.

Our math on the board today is mixed with many other things:

How to split 12 into halves.

The difference between fur and fir.

That storks often build nests on people's chimneys in Europe, and why the birds don't burn up, or why the houses don't fill with smoke.

How to do a math problem about splitting the number 15.

How to model a math problems about one person having three, the other person having five more than the first person, and how many they have together.

And the difference between the words road and rowed.

We had fun reading the story "The Fox and the Stork" together. --(Thus the discussion about storks on chimneys.)

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