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Mrs. Nancy Hahn
Mrs. Hahn's First Grade Class
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Kudos to the children and Mr. Cosman on a wonderful performance at the first Mini Fall Musical. The first and second graders worked together beautifully and I'm sure you enjoyed the show! Thanks again to all the parents for helping the first graders enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast after the performance. Hopefully everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! It was a pleasure to meet with parents to discuss student progress in the beinning of the month. We discussed many aspects of daily learning but here are some updates as we go into December.
Math lessons have been focusing on addition and subtraction skills within ten. Students are more fluent with their facts within 10 The math lessons include showing their thinking in math journals. The students are learning to show their problem solving methods in both numbers and words in their journals. They also enjoy sharing their thinking when they show their work under the document camera. The most recent lessons have focused on subtraction word problems and understanding that "fact families" show the relationship between addition and subtraction.
The first grade students use word study lessons to learn more about spelling patterns and vocabulary. They are confident with all the short vowel sounds and made new challenging words that begin with s-blends and l-blends. In these types of words, each of the two letters in the blend makes its own sound but together they make a new sound. For example, blot, clip, slam and swim. This helps them to hear all sounds when they write the words, too. The most recent word list introduces digraphs; ch, sh, th and wh. These are two letters which do not each make their own sound, but rather make a completely different sound when they are in words like chip, shop, thin and whisk. The students enjoy learning about words and they understand the importance of needing to know what a word means in order to use it in reading and writing.
In Reading, students are using a variety of strategies to understand the texts on a word level, sentence level, and across the entire text. They are learning that reading must always make sense at every level. The students must also be able to retell important parts and be able to answer questions after they read. It's fun and challenging for the students to read books in print as well as digitally on iPads. Raz Kids and epic! reading apps are enjoyable and challenging!
Our hard working writers are working on personal narratives. They use the photos in their folders to help them remember events they have experienced. These experiences are great ideas for personal narratives. The students understand that their stories need to flow with a beginning, middle and end. When they add details as a writer it helps the reader to relate to their story. Our young writers also must remember to begin new sentences with an uppercase letter and use ending punctuation, which can be quite challenging during the creative process. Ultimately, the goal will be to write these personal narratives by highlighting one small part of the story and stretching it out to give the reader greater understanding. This is called a "small moment" in the personal narrative writing unit.
Our Science unit on sound and light has been both fun and interesting to our budding scientists. They began with the concept of sound and learned vocabulary like volume and pitch. They were able to experiment with different sounds and made a musical instrument out of various materials in our Makerspace. Mr. Cosman helped everyone in making the creative instruments as well as allowing them to bring the instruments to music class for further instruction on pitch. The students recently have been learning more about the topic of light and it's impact on being able to see. Many students hypothesized that it is not necessary to have light in order to see. They made "view tubes" that helped them realize that it's not possible to see in the absence of a light sources. They also have used flashlights to help them make shadows. As our scientists had fun shining the light at different black paper puppets, they realized that shadows are formed when the light cannot go through the object so it goes around it! Please ask your children all about it!
Tuesday: Art (smocks)
Wednesday: Physical Education