ELA: In September I have an exciting month planned for your child. We start the year by making sure we read for 30 minutes at home daily (60 minutes on the weekend). It is very important that we do this to help our students become fluent readers. We will be reading a lot in class as well. In addition, we will be writing daily and practicing phonics (letters and letter sounds). Practicing writing at home is essential to building better writers and excelling in first grade. We will be reading, writing and thinking about texts in a number of different ways. Please ask your child about the readings that we do in class. It’s important to do this so they can discuss with you what they are doing in class as well as what they are learning.
Math: We will also be exploring math concepts and strategies for addition and subtraction this month using the curriculum Eureka Math. Students will be using number bonds and learning how to write additional sentences to represent their parts and wholes. Students will also be expected to count on from a number and count back from a number from 0-20, count up from any given number and back from any given number within 50. Please practice this at home so your child does well with fluency in adding and subtracting numbers later in the year.
Science: We will explore air and weather in science. Students will go through investigations about what air can do and about different weather-related topics. We use the FOSSweb guides to guide our discussions, investigations, and writing. Each lesson, students will engage in an investigation, which is some type of experiment. Sometimes we will take mini-field trips outdoors to observe the weather and the sky. Students can only participate in mini-trips if an adult is present. We will then discuss our observations as a class and finally write about what we have observed and learned.
Social Studies: We will explore topics related to being good citizens, how the government works at the different levels, and why we have rules and procedures. We will use the Savaas Realize My World Interactive workbook. As a class, we will read through the lessons, have discussions, act things out, and write about how we connect to the topic we are learning.