February Special Events:
Arts and Academics Science and Technology fair Is February 24 from 4-8pm
Post office Field trip is Feb.11. Remember your permission slip! Valentine Party is the 14th, and No school on Presidents day, February 21.
Literacy: The new letters this month will be Hh, Ll, and Ee. Please review names and sounds of Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ff, Ii, Kk, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp, Rr, Ss, Tt. Our new words: they, that, one, two, three, four, go, of, you
We have worked on these components of a story: characters, setting, plot. Please read the booklets that come home. Also, please ask your child to read the homework sentences more than once.It is so important to keep practicing. Students should know where to find the author's name and what an author is, the illustrator's name and what an illustrator does. Students should know the difference between the Title of the book (on the cover) and the title page (next page where you see the name of the book again and author, etc.) Students should know what fiction and non-fiction means. We have also learned about Table of Contents.
We have practiced the following phonics: reading strategies using decoding and picture clues, rhyming, syllables.and phonemes are in a word (individual sounds). For example: big has one syllable, but 3 phonemes, happy has 2 syllables, and 4 phonemes.
Grammar: proper nouns, The first word in the sentence starts with an uppercase letter. We have worked through some fill-in-the-blank sentences using site words.They have been introduced to verbs (action words), and nouns-people, places, and things. We are learning which letters are vowels.
Writing: Kidwriting techniques are being used. Students draw and write at their level. Progression throughout the year will be noted.Students are having trouble leaving spaces between words and beginning sentences with an Uppercase. They have a hard time deciding when it is a new sentence.
Math: we have been working on sorting by different attributes, Students have also used position terms to describe location. We have done extensive work in graphing. We do daily charting of calendar, and Morning Meeting with numerals and numbers. We count money every day. We also count by 10's and 5's every day. . Number quantities and numerals 1-25 are worked on this month. We are comparing quantities: more, fewer, as many as/same number/equal.. Symbols for greater than, less than are introduced. > < . We are ordering numbers and quantities; students find the missing number using clues that it is higher than ___, but lower than____. We review ordinal numbers: first, second...third....all the way to tenth. Students should be able to name penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. . We have been doing problem solving techniques by drawing out information that we know and trying to solve a question. This was challenging for most of the class. Keep counting by tens, fives, and ones to 100 at home. Students will be expected to name the days of the week and months of the year. Students should know their birthday. . When looking at a graph, students should be able to find More,Less/Fewer, and also be able to tell what is most likely, and least likely (Probability). We have also started learning which numerals are EVEN and ODD.
Science:Units in February: Seeds and Plants(beginning at the end of the month), Weather and Sky
Social Studies: Maps, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Presidents Day, comparing life long ago to now
We have either Science OR Social Studies on a given day.
I hope that you find this web page helpful. Art projects, centers, etc. are not listed here. This is a general overview of our learning in the core areas.Please let me know if have any other ideas for our site.
Neatness counts! Printing letters and numerals correctly is a very important skill. The first and second grade teachers expect that students already have learned to print the letters from top to bottom and left to right. Letters should be practiced correctly. Some students are having trouble with b, d, p, g, and n. b, d, p, and g have whole round circles in them. Reversals need to be practiced to be corrected. It is developmental, and it also needs to be used to be learned. If you notice reversals, have your child correct it right away, please. I do have them practice at school. Kindergartners should be able to print their first and last names.
New Skill: Tying Shoes! We hope to have everyone able to tie by the end of the Month!