1st Grade G&T Newsletter From Ms. Gorman - Dec. 2019
The children are about to write “All About” books. These are nonfiction research books and the children will be reading and writing about a topic using many of the nonfiction conventions we see in the books we are reading. First, they must think about topics and filled out a graphic organizer with all the things you know on one side and things you wondered about (questions) on the other. Then they do research in books about their topic. Each child will find a few books on her/his topic to read and gain additional information. Next, they take notes by writing a few key words to remember the facts learned from the books. The most important thing about research is putting the information you find into your own words when you write it down. Finally, the children will turn the facts into complex sentences. For example: Mice use their tails to help them balance. The students will also include an exciting introduction and conclusion to sum up their topic.
The children are visualizing everything that is happening in their fiction books. Visualizing is like making a movie in your head using your imagination to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch everything that is happening in the book. They are also noticing what the characters say and do and use that to figure out what type of character they are. For example: Jack does not want to leave the tree house without a plan, which shows that he is cautious.
Please ask your child about the main characters in his/her fiction books and what they learned about them from their actions. In nonfiction books the children are studying devices used to teach the reader such as: contents, index, glossary, headings, diagrams, captions, photos, labels, maps, and close up pictures. These features in nonfiction books help the reader understand new words and ideas because they provide more information and help make connections to things you already know. Please continue to ask your child how s/he figures out the meaning of new words s/he comes across during reading.
We will be studying word problems to figure out who has more and how much more. For example: Sam has 5 balls. Kate has 8 balls. Who has more? How much more? We will discuss several strategies for solving the problem: like drawing 5 circles next to 8 circles and visually seeing how many more there are. Or counting up from 5 to 8 or down from 8 to 5 finding the difference is 3. Finally, making an addition problem like 5 + ___ = 8 and the number that solves the problem is 3. The children will also study how to make story problems equal amounts on both sides. For instance: Min has 15 crackers and Jo has 9 crackers, how can we make their snacks equal? You can take 6 crackers away from Min, or ask the teacher to give Jo 6 more crackers, or have Min give Jo 3 of his crackers. All these solutions solve the problem of making it equal.
IMPORTANT: Please send in 1 plastic ice cube tray for each student to mix colors in art/Ms Brill.
Social Studies: Holidays and Traditions
Science: Explore the property of movement with respect to solids
Art: Painting landscapes and animals
Music & Movement: Creating holiday dances using stories and props
Gym: Working on team skills needed for basketball and soccer
Music: Using picture symbols for note reading while learning to play rhythm instruments
12/8: Barnes and Noble Fundraiser
12/9: Picture Retake Day
12/19: Multicultural Feast at 8:45 AM in room 315
12/23-1/1: No School, Winter Break
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