We worked on Doubles, Near Doubles (Doubles +1 & Doubles -1), and Problem-Solving (i.e. Word Problems) in math this week. If students can quickly remember doubles facts (2+2, 5+5, etc.), they can use what they know about doubles to help them quickly solve other math facts (if 7+7=14 then 7+8 must = 15 and so on). This, in turn, helps with math fact fluency.
Each chapter in our math book involves a lesson on Problem Solving. The students work on making sure they understand the problem by underlining what they know and circling what they need to find out. Then they decide on a strategy to use to find the solution. Last, they check to be sure that their answers make sense. Revisiting Problem Solving in each chapter gives students regular exposure to solving math word problems.
Next Week – Making 10 to Add (when finding sums greater than 10), Add in Any Order, and Add Three Numbers (Adding Three Numbers is the last lesson of Chapter 3.)
This week’s spelling words contained long o. We know that when there is a silent e at the end of a word, it makes the o say it’s own name. A vowel that says its own name, is a long vowel. We also learned about contractions.
Next Week – Long u, (CVCe) and Inflected Ending -ed
Each week, we use the spelling/phonics rule that was introduced to help us decode new and unfamiliar words when we read.
Our high frequency words this week were down, inside, now, there, together.
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Next Week – around, find, food, grow, under, water
Comprehension Strategy – Sequence
Next Week – Author’s Purpose
We spent our religion time this week, talking about Baptism. We discussed different ways of making people feel welcome in various situations. Baptism is a form of welcoming someone since it is the Sacrament through which a person becomes a member of the Church. The water of Baptism is a sign of new life in God’s Catholic Church. God’s loving presence in our lives is called grace.
Our class, along with Mrs. Spencer’s class, hosted K-3 prayer service on Friday morning. Since Friday was Veteran’s Day, prayer service was dedicated to Veterans. The first graders taught the other students a song and, together, we prayed for the men and women who serve our country.
Next Week – Our chapter focuses on the concept that God made us to be good and holy.
Our class went to the moon this week. Thanks to a website called 360 Cities that we learned about during the November 4th Inservice Day! (-; (360 Cities is a 3D program that shows panoramic views as you “fly around” a given destination.)
On Wednesday, both first grade classes Skyped with an electrician who works for NASA. The students had the opportunity to hear about her interesting job and ask questions about it and about space! A short video clip of our Skype session will soon be sent your way so stay tuned…