Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 26, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We practiced words with the digraph kn.


Reading Groups:

Group A:       Growing Tomatoes

Group B:       Changing Weather      Desert Rain

Group C:       Message on a Rocket         Sebastian Gets the Hiccups


Mrs. B. came and gave a lesson about moods and colors and how we feel.



After lunch we had an assembly about being trustworthy.
It was early out.


At night we had our family Cyber Safety Night.


We made identification cards for our students and gave them to the parents.


We had a wonderful presentation about the good uses of the Internet and how to avoid problems.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We practiced some digraph words.  We focussed on words with wh.

Reading Groups:

Group A:      The Three Little Pigs          Hiding in the Sea

Group B:       Water Can Change

Group C:       Holidays Through the Year      When I Grow Up


Math:


We practiced more problems of adding and subtracting tens.  We also subtracted and added large numbers that were not just tens.  We were practicing using a 100 board to help us add and subtract.  We also started adding ones and then adding tens (no regrouping yet.)


In the afternoon we read books, did a word play, and spelling practice.  Then we had a visitor give us a presentation about taking good care of our teeth, how to brush, floss, and eat healthy.  They gave each child a new toothbrush.   I opened the packages of six and passed them out.




Do not forget that we are having a family night tomorrow night at 6:00.  Its theme is Cyber Safety.  Elementary students and their parents are invited (no teenagers please.)  We will have a small dinner and some door prizes.


Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

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Today in First Grade

We watched our last Olympics video today.  Here is what our Olympic medals bulletin board looked like at the end.
Thanks Second and Third grades for letting us share your bulletin board.
Phonics:

We had an introductory lesson about digraphs.  We have been talking about them all year long as we learn to read.  We are now having our official lessons on them.  The children already know the most common digraphs:    th   sh   ch    ck     
We will be learning and practicing the less common digraphs:     wr    gn    ph    kn

We also did a worksheet about taking apart contractions into the words they are made of.


Reading Groups:

Group A:     The Train Race

Group B:      Where Does the Water Go?      Who Lays Eggs

Group C:      When a Storm Comes     Your Amazing Body


Math:

Today we practiced adding two-digit numbers that were just tens.


We also subtracted two-digit numbers that were just tens.


We practiced drawing pictures to understand the numbers.


After lunch we read books, computer time, PE, a word play, and we learned and practiced our new spelling words.   

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 21, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we reviewed and practiced putting "an" and "a" in front of words.  "A" goes with words that start with a consonant and "an" goes with words that start with a vowel.  (An exception is words that start with h, but I don't teach that in first grade.)

Reading Groups:

Group A:     Who is the Tallest?

Group B:     A Habitat is Where We Live      My Messy Room

Group C:     Little Monkey           In the Circus      


Math:


First we tried to remember all the strategies we have been learning this year.  We talked about how important it is to learn to do our math with those strategies rather than just counting.


Then we practiced the strategy of drawing a picture in order to do two-digit addition and subtraction.


In the afternoon we read books, went to the library, PE, Drama, and did our last spelling test of the week.

We passed out invitations for parent-teacher-conferences.  Give me a call at school or home if you need to.

February 20, 2014

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It has been a few days since I posted.  I have been sick and the children have had a substitute.  I was back today.

Also, since the Olympics started, we have been watching short videos each morning about different components of the competitions; from bobsled, to free-form skiing, to figure skating.  We are also helping the 2nd and 3rd grade put gold, silver, and bronze metals up on a bulletin board.

Phonics:


We worked on taking contractions apart to make the two words the contrition is made of.

Reading Groups:

Group A:     Fishing

Group B:     Mapping North America

Group C:     Beaks and Feet       Sooty


Math:

We have started a new unit.  we will now be learning two-digit addition and subtraction.


First we talked about what a digit is.  Digits are the symbols 0-9.  They change their value depending on where they are placed in a number.  We talked about how to make numbers by putting digits into places of special values.  We can add or subtract easily if we line up the places of value with the same places of values in other numbers.


We have been using the word columns all year long for various things.  Today we talked about what a column on an old Greece or Roman building was and how its shape indicates the shape we are using in other things when we use the word column, like in calendars or math.  I showed them how we pile digits up in columns of ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc...   I then gave them a demonstration of how confusing it is when we do not put our digits in nice neat columns.


I demonstrated how valuable columns of place value are for addition.   And it is useful to find tens to move them over to the next column and write at the bottom who many are left.


In the afternoon we read more books, did a word play, watched some animals movies and practiced our week's spelling words.

                                     

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 14, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We practiced the other r-controled vowels, which all make the very same sound.  Ir, er, ur, and yr all make a sound like ur.  The only way to tell them apart and know which one to use is to memorize how to spell the word.

Reading Groups:

Group A:        People Who Save Animals

Group B:        Mapping North America

Group C:        Billy Banana        The Stubborn Goat


Math:

Today we used clues and stories to find groups of numbers.  Below are some examples.



Here we are working hard!

After lunch we read books, went to the library, PE, and drama.  Then we had our valentines party.  We had cookies and water, colored white paper bags, and then passed out our valentines by putting them into each child's bag.  The bags were then stapled shut and sent home with the children to enjoy at their leisure.   Hope everyone has a great Valentines Day and Presidents Day.


Friday, February 14, 2014

February 13, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We practiced the r-controlled o.  When an r controls an o it makes the o say the long sound.



Reading Groups:

Group A:       Working with Dad

Group B:       Lizard's Tail

Group C:       Machines That Fly        Roads and Bridges



Math:

We drew representations of numbers to visually understand how they are the same or different.  We then put  >,<, or = between the numbers.  We especially practiced starting with the larger place value and working down until their is a difference.  Many of the children still have troubles knowing the tens from the ones in a number.  It is such a confusing brain teaser to some of them.



We read books, did a word play, and a spelling practice.  

We ended the day reading a book about homes together.  We talked about how homes are built differently in different places because there are different materials available and different need.





Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 12, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we practiced putting endings on words that have an r-controlled a.




Reading Groups:


Group A:     My Brother's Birthday


Group B:     The Cat and the Mouse


Group C:     My Climate




Math:
We practiced finding and making numbers that are less than another number when there are more than one answer.  For example:  
What number could be less than 87?
What number could be less than 35?  
What number could have less tens and the same ones as 78?
What number could have the same tens and less ones than 64?




Spelling Words:



Today was early out.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February 11, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we started murmur diphthongs (R-controlled vowels).  We started with "ar."  The children already know about r-controlled vowels because we talk about them all the time as they are reading, to help them figure out words.  However, now we are finally to the actual lessons and practice for them.

Reading Groups:


Group A:   Alphabet Party

Group B:    Weather

Group C:    Heat    Amazing Magnets


Math:

Yesterday we found the greater (larger) number.  Today we practiced finding the lesser (smaller) number.  We have to look at the tens first to find which is lesser or greater.  If the tens are the same, then we look at the ones.

In the afternoon we read books and then we finished the long reading part of our reading test.  As a reward for all the effort they put into do the reading test, we watched a Bill Nye the Science Guy movie about "Time."  We closed the day with practicing our spelling words.


Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

Today we did a review paper about things we have learned lately in phonics.  It included putting "ing" onto words, contractions, marking words, and reading sight words that we have practiced.


Reading Groups:

Group A:         Shadow Puppets

Group B:         Using Magnets     People who use magnets

Grou C:           Summer at Cove Lake      The Four Seasons


Math:


We talked more about >, <, and =.  We talked about what "more" and "less or fewer" means.  We learned that we must look at the largest place value first  (that would be the tens for us) to see which is bigger.  If the tens are the same, then we go down to the next place value (that would be ones for us).

After lunch we read books, had computer time, and PE.  
Then we did another part of our reading test.
We ended the day by practicing our spelling words.

Spelling words:


Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 7, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We talked about and practiced more contractions.


Reading Groups:


Group A:        Where Do You Live?

Group B:        Collecting Things Is Fun!

Group C:        Ice         The Earth


Math:

Today we started a new unit.  This unit is about comparing numbers.  First I reminded them about lenses and magnifying glasses that we talked about earlier.   Once again, I drew how the light spreads out to make a bigger picture and how it goes closer together to make a little picture.  I then compared that idea with the  "Greater Than" (>) and the  "Less Than" (<)   signs that we use in math.  So the big number goes on the big side while the little number goes on the little side.  I think they understood it very well. 


Then we did some practice putting numbers on the correct side of the sign.


In the afternoon we read more books, went to the library, had PE, did Drama, had a spelling test, and then a birthday party.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014

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Today in First Grade

Phonics:

We are working on contractions.  Today we talked about contractions using  is  and  will.


Reading Groups:

Group A:     Washing Our Dog         Video Game

Group B:     The Flea's Plan             Show and Tell

Group C:     The Picnic                    Tarantula


Math:

We finished our unit of math that is about making hundreds, tens, ones, counting by tens, and changing tens into ones to make various different forms of the same number.  Tomorrow we start a new unit, one which compares numbers to each other.


Our "Word Play" made words from the word "walking."



Later, we read a story together about maps.  We talked for a long time about lots of different kinds of maps.  The children were animated with excitement and lots of talking.  I think the children really enjoyed the book we read and looking at all the pictures.  We have a globe, a large world map, and a United States map which I refer to very often with the children to show or talk about different things.

We also did another section of our reading test.