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First Grade News

Curriculum Highlights

February 10, 2014

Writing and Reading non-fiction Becoming an expert, comprehension strategies Math Fact Power, Whats My Rule? Science Animal characteristics behavior, appearance Spelling rules: No word in English ends with <v>, write <ve> instead. Avoid writing <uv>, write <ov> instead.

Reminders Activities begin Monday February 10. Please ensure your child knows which activity he/she has and how he/she is getting home. Please remember to notify your childs teacher, AND inform the busing company if your childs transportation will change at any time. Jessie Leong should also be informed if there is a change in activity. Friday Feb 14 Valentines Day If your child would like to, he/she may put notes or treats in classmates mailboxes. Be sure that you have 18 though we dont want any broken hearts !. Friday February 14th CNY Cultural Day and Dress up Day Word Study have dove
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give above

live glove

cover shovel

shove oven

From the research: It is recommended for children under the age of 8 to spend no more than 1 hour per day in front of a screen. This includes combined computer, TV and video games. How much is your child getting each day? From Jane Healy, Failure to Connect. (Parents this is an amazing book if you have ever wondered what roles computers/technology should play in a childs life.) I also highly recommend Your Childs Growing Brain: Brain Development from Birth Through Adolescence by the same author.
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News From Ms. Tindall Parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 13th and Friday 14th. Please keep these days open as a lot of work goes into scheduling to ensure that sibling conferences are at similar times, other teachers who need to attend particular conferences such as EAL, resource teachers, principals or counselors are available and we also try to cater for working parents by scheduling an early or lunch time meeting. If you do have any special requests for times please let me know ASAP as the whole faculty will get together this week to make the schedule. Thanks again to you all for your support at home and school. It is a pleasure teaching such lovely students and feeling supported by wonderful parents. Go team! In partnership, Ms. Tindall
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Monday Reading: What do you do when you come across a word that you can read but you dont know the meaning of? How do authors help their readers understand new vocabulary words? What are some features of non-fiction texts that help you to comprehend new words? Math: Practice telling time to the quarter hour. Research: Continue to become an expert on your topic. Begin looking for pictures, charts or diagrams about your non-fiction writing topic. What information can you get from these? You may choose to use these when publishing your piece. Keep them together and bring them to school sometime during the week. Tuesday Reading: What do you do when you come across a word that you can read but you dont know the meaning of? How do authors help their readers understand new vocabulary words? What are some features of non-fiction texts that help you to comprehend new words? Math: Work on your fact power. Play games, write sums, make a plan for knowing your addition sums to 10 instantly. (Eg 4 +7 = , 3 + 6 = ) Research: Look for pictures, charts or diagrams about your topic. Continue to become an expert on your topic. What resources have you used already? What havent you used? What will you try next? youtube videos, internet pages, books, interview an expert, observation, magazines Wednesday Reading: Non-fiction tell an adult what you think are the important words about your topic. What words would be important to include in a glossary on your topic? How do authors show you what they think are words you should know? (bold, italics, glossary, word boxes, words to know) Word Study: Write words to match the pictures (attached) No need to print this, just write on scrap paper, chalkboard or white board. Math: Explain to an adult two (or more) different strategies you can use to solve a number problem. Research: Look for pictures, charts or diagrams about your topic. Continue to become an expert on your topic. Thursday Reading: Non-fiction tell an adult what you think are the important words about your topic. What words would be important to include in a glossary on your topic? How do authors show you what they think are words you should know. (bold, italics, glossary, word boxes, words to know) Word Study: Give an adult a spelling test use words from the front of the newsletter. Correct their spellings. If they get any wrong explain why it is wrong using the spelling rules that you know. Math: Play Whats My Rule? Partners take turns writing sequences of numbers and challenge their opponent to write the next three numbers in the sequence and identify the rule. EG 2, 4, 6, 8 ___, ____, ____ What three numbers come next? (10, 12,14) Whats the rule? (Add two) Research: Bring to school pictures, photos, charts, maps, diagrams etc that you might use to illustrate your information report. Continue to become an expert on your topic. Friday Reading Poem Collection Continue to become an expert on your topic. Collect pictures you might like to use in your published book. Bring them to school on Monday.

Circle the 10s place. Underline the 1s place. Draw a representation. I = 10s . = 1s EG

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III 56 95 119 147 52 141 401 *1 3 4 5

43 72 103 128 25 114 411 *1 0 0 0

I l______ in Malaysia. I h______ one sister. I will g_____ you a present.