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First Grade News

February 08, 2016

Curriculum Highlights
Writing and Reading non-fiction becoming an expert, comprehension strategies
Math Problem solving visualizing problems and making representations and
number models to match.
Science Animal characteristics behavior, appearance What do animals have/ do that helps
them to adapt to their habitat.
Spelling rules: No word in English ends with <v>, write <ve> instead. Avoid writing <uv>, write
<ov> instead.
Reminders
Activities begin Monday February 15. Please ensure your child knows which activity he/she has
and how he/she is getting home. The bus changes from a number to a letter for activities so be sure
your child knows both. 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.
Sunday Feb 14 Valentines Day If your child would like to, he/she may put notes/cards in
classmates mailboxes on Friday. Please follow our green philosophy and think about what you can
reuse or repurpose to make cards if youre choosing to do so. Please do NOT buy toys or other
items that are processed, packaged and most likely used only a few times before ending up in the
bin. Be sure that if your child is making messages that he/she has 18 we dont want any broken
hearts J.
1MT Readers Theatre Performance Wednesday February 24, 8:30am.
Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday March 3 & Friday March 4
Word Study
have
dove

give
above

live
glove

cover
shovel

shove
oven

News From Ms. Tindall


Parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 3rd and Friday 4th. 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.
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

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: Play one of the math facts games sent by email and also posted at the end of last weeks newsletter.
Research: Become an expert on your animals habitat.

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 with
addends to 10 instantly. (Eg 4 +7 = , 3 + 6 = )
Research: 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, visit the zoo
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: Continue to become an expert on your animal.

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: Continue to become an expert on your animal.
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

3 5

III

43

56

72

95

103

119

128

147

25

52

114

141

411

401

*1 0 0 0

*1 3 4 5

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