# Math Update

We wrapped up our Unit 4 in math this past week!

Our mathematicians worked hard to solve equations using ten sticks and ones to prove their answers.  We reviewed how to add two ones numbers together, two tens numbers together, and even a tens and ones number together.  This was a snap!!

Then, we began adding a two-digit number (containing a tens number and a ones number) together with some additional ones.  To complete this task, we utilized two strategies.  First, our handy-dandy method of counting on:

We had to be extra careful that we counted-on accurately.  We made sure that we did this by always going back to double check our work!  Some of us even used a number grid to remember what number comes next.

Our second strategy helped us visualize how ones can be grouped together to make a new ten – even when we’re working with larger numbers.  This method is an introduction to the regrouping strategies that your child will use in second grade and beyond.

We ended the week with our assessment.  Our first graders did an amazing job comparing two-digit numbers, solving stories, and counting groups of tens and ones.  Way to go!!!

Next week, we will pre-assess for our Unit 5, and complete a pretty big benchmark assessment reviewing of the skill and strategies that we’ve learned in Units 2, 3 & 4.

# Math Update

Towards the beginning of the week, we wrapped up Unit 6 with learning about 3-dimentional shapes! We touched on the following shapes…

They had a lot of fun trying to find these shapes in the classroom too! We also briefly discussed how these 3-D shapes compare to the 2-D shapes. For example: the 3-D sphere is just like a 2-D circle and the 3-D rectangular prism is just like a 2-D rectangle!

We ended the week with an assessment on Unit 6. Our mathematicians had great success with this assessment! Unit 7 will cover topics such as doubles, halves, time, money, and circle graphs!

# Math Update

Our mathematicians were hard workers this week! They spent the beginning of the week reviewing patterns, equations, skip counting, 100-partners, and (addition and subtraction) story problems with teen numbers. They were given similar examples of problems that would be on the assessment to better prepare them.

We finished up the week with an assessment covering the entire unit and a pretest covering the next unit. On Monday, we will begin new math switch groups again!! This unit will deal with picture graphs, tables, more story problems and measurement!

# Social Studies Update

During our study of geography this week, we introduced directions (left, right, above, below) on a map by talking about regions.  We talked about the different regions of our school (early childhood, 2-3 wing, 4-5 wing, specials, and office) and where our room is located relative to those regions.  We also used our right and left directions to lead friends around the classroom.  Check in with your child to see if he or she knows their left and right.  I was quite impressed by their ability to give and listen to directions!

At the end of the week we took an assessment, in the computer lab, to review all of the different things we learned about maps, landforms, modifications and adaptations.  Our class thought it was very cool to be able to take our assessment using the Pixie computer program.  We even learned how to save our assessment as a jpeg image, which makes it possible for me to e-mail your child’s assessment to you later this week!!!

Be sure to share your child’s assessment with him or her at home, and please have your child continue to practice their address.  Thanks!!!

# Science Update

Last week in science we learned about the property of magnetic or not magnetic!  Our first topic of discussion was asking what the kids already knew about magnets.  They knew that things stick to the refrigerator and we can stick things to our desks.

We started the week with an experiment- we predicted what things would stick to magnets.  Each student and partner was given a bag with multiple objects inside.  First, we went through and predicted if we thought the object would be magnetic or not, and then we went back and tested them all.  We were a little surprised by some of the answers!  The paperclip was magnetic, along with our scissors, but the penny was not.  We explained that in order for an object to be magnetic, it needed to have something special called IRON in it.  We went through our list of predictions to figure out which objects had iron in them!

The next thing we talked about was how magnets have 2 poles, a north and a south.  The kids learned that opposites attract and the same poles repel, or push away from each other.  We experimented with all different kinds of magnets to find out what poles were the same and what poles were opposite.

The last day, we turned into magnets!  One of our hands had a “N” and the other had a “S”.   We practiced a few times showing how we could “attract” to a partner by having a N and S together, or how we could repel from a partner if we both put up the same pole.  Once we got the hang of it, the kids moved around the room to music and when the music stopped they had to listen for their direction to either repel or attract the closest person to them.  We would continue and each time the music stopped- the kids stopped and thought about which hand to put up to show the proper magnetic response.  :)

We ended the week with our properties of matter assessment.  The kids thought it was very easy!!!  Look for this packet to come home with your child on Tuesday.

# Important Dates!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!

## November 23-27 – No School: Thanksgiving Break

We will be busy, busy the week after Thanksgiving visiting the Holiday Gift Shop (11/29) and singing at our Holiday Program (12/1 @ 6:00 PM).

# Math Update

This week our first grade mathematicians learned about doubles.  A number with doubles can be split equally into two groups.  The doubles inside the number 10 are 5 and 5.  The doubles inside the number 8 are 4 and 4.  During our exploration with doubles, we learned that a number that has doubles (or equal partners) is called an even an number, and when a number can’t be split into equal groups because there is one left over, it is called odd.  It was very easy for us to look at groups of objects and tell which was odd and even due to all this great practice.

We also spent time as mathematicians this week reviewing all of the concepts that we’ve studied during our math time this year: patterns, number writing, counting, finding partners & switch partners, 5 groups, and identifying odd & even.  Then, we took our Unit 1 assessment.  This assessment was a snap!!! :)  Room 106 performed very well.  Thank you so much for preparing your child for this assessment with your encouragement and support on the homework pages at night.

Now that we have finished up our first unit of math, we are ready to start some new learning!  To prepare for our new unit of study each first grader completed a pre-test for Unit 2 on Friday.  Our Unit 2 will cover addition and subtraction strategies and provides the foundation for all of the math learning that will take place for the rest of this year and beyond.  As a first grade staff, we are always striving to meet the needs of each and every individual student.  In order to do this, we studied the data from our students’ pre-tests, and used this information to group together students with similar areas of expertise and areas of need. When we begin our Unit 2 on Monday many of our students will be taking part in a “math switch” in which they may be traveling to a different classroom, so that they are able to work in the group and with the teacher that will help them reach their full potential as a math learner.  Each group of math learners will be working on the same math concepts each day, but the pace and practice may look a little different.

We are very excited about this opportunity for your child and can’t wait to dig into some more math! :)  Please feel free to e-mail us if you have an questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Miss Chrisman, Mrs. Stadt, Miss Taber, and Mrs. Woodring

# Math Update

Our first grade mathematicians finished up finding partners and switch partners for the numbers 9 and 10 this week. We enjoyed playing Melon Monster a few more times, and learned a new game called Number Grabber to test our ability to recognize the numbers 1-10 with ease. We have also finished up our number writing practice at school.  Please keep an eye on your child as he or she works on their math homework, and help them correct their numbers if they make an “opps” and write some backwards.

We also spent time this week studying five groups.  We are trying to train our brains to identify and know when a group of dots, circles, or fingers equals 5, so we don’t have to waste time counting out this group.  Recognizing five groups is a beginning step in the important skill of counting on that we will be addressing soon.  Encourage your child at home to “see a five” as they solve problems on their homework pages!

Looking ahead to next week, we are planning to take our Unit 1 Assessment on Thursday. The best way to prepare your child for this assessment is to continue supporting him or her on the homework pages that are sent home. Due to the assessment and quick quiz that we will be taking this week, your child will only have math homework on Monday and Wednesday.

Thank you!