Welcome to First Grade!

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Hello!  This is our first blog post of the 2015-16 school year.  We have an exciting year ahead of us and we’re off to a fantastic start!

In Science, we’ve been learning about collecting specimens and making observations.  We’re studying Albert Einstein and learning some interesting facts about his life.  We’re defining what it means to be a scientist and becoming citizen scientists ourselves.  With the help of our 5th grade buddies in Ms. Hidalgo’s class, we’re exploring the Science and Innovation Center as well.

In Social Studies, we’ve been getting to know each other, working to establish our classroom expectations, and learning about our classroom jobs.  We’re reading lots of books to help us make text-to-self and text-to-world connections about what we’re learning.  Mrs. Bryan visited our class to share her ‘Counselor’s Tool Box’ with us as part of our ‘3 Things You Might Not Know About Me’  share and tell project.

In Math, we began studying the number line including negative numbers and have been learning to compare and order numbers and to complete >,<,= number sentences.  As part of Everyday Math, we learn new games as we go and in the first unit we’ve learned how to play Top It!, Monster Squeeze, and Penny Dice.  We’ve also practiced estimation and constructed counting books that we had the opportunity to share with Mrs. Duncan’s kindergarten class.

Finally, we’re excited about reading!  In our second unit of spelling and phonics we are starting to get the hang of our spelling practice tests and speed sounds.  We read everyday in class, both independently and in groups and are learning comprehension strategies including identifying the main idea, problem/solution, main character/helper characters, setting, and asking ‘What if…’ and other extension questions to deepen our understanding and critical thinking skills.

We have a wonderful first grade family and I am looking forward to a great year with you all.

Best wishes,

Ms. Faris’ 1st Grade