We have had a quite a week in Grade 1! We celebrated the Moon Festival, International Peace day, and our writing too!
Unit of Inquiry
We completed our work in, “How We Organize Ourselves” where we looked closely at communication. Grade 1 will continue to work on seeing how English is organized as we investigate words and letter sounds as the year continues. We began investigating “Who We Are” as students were provoked to create their own balanced day. Ms Nitasha also viewed our daily plans and shared her thinking about balance too. We are looking forward to having many more rich discussions on how different forms of communications impact the way we live our lives.
In literacy, we have been looking at the text, “Where’s My Teddy?”. We are reading this together during our Shared Reading time and we have been able to highlight and discuss the process of thinking that takes place when reading. The students have been focusing on what they know, how to make predictions, asking questions, visualizing the story, making personal connections, and finally summarizing the important parts. They are also learning various decoding strategies that they can apply to new words in their own reading (sound it out!). You can help support these strategies by continuing to read with your child nightly using our GRADE 1 schedule of home readers, RAZ kids, library books and choice. Remember that books go home on Monday and should be reread all week to build up fluency and comprehension. Please remember that books should also be returned for cleaning on Friday.
Finally, we had a writing celebration this week. The last six weeks we have spent building up our stamina as readers and writers. Our first unit comes to a close as students shared their own writing with their friends and posted what they liked about their stories on Seesaw. We loved seeing students write about a variety of genres/topics and share their work with the class.
Using the knowledge, we have built up about 10 in the past weeks we were now able to take this thinking and expand it to teen numbers. In each math lesson, we have been practicing counting forwards and backwards. We have been focusing on teen numbers recently and how to pronounce them correctly. Can you hear the difference between 14 and 40? We will continue to practice different ways we can show and talk about numbers through models, drawings, number equations and writing. Ms. Jill has been helping us with pronunciation of teen numbers and we are starting to see some great progress. We have also been utilizing number line ups, tens frames, word problems and number bonds to help with conceptual understanding.
Thank you for your support at home with home reading as well as sending the students to school prepared for swimming, dressed in white and blue for peace day and in an ao dia for Moon Festival. It has been wonderful to make these memories with your children.
Learning Conferences – October 1 – no school for students. We will join you on zoom at your scheduled time.
Grade 1 Swimming – Next week is Week A, we will have swimming on Tuesday.
Family Readers – Let me know if you would be happy to read through zoom and we will set up a time. As we explore language and communication and celebrate diversity, reading in your home language or English is welcome!