What’s happening in First Grade in November???
In Reading, we will be practicing reading strategies by becoming word detectives. We will attend to pictures, beginning sounds, and word chunks as we learn to decode challenging words. When we decode new words we think about what makes sense, sounds right, and looks right. We self-monitor our reading and self-correct when we have made a mistake. We will practice these strategies throughout the year through guided reading groups, poetry, and daily read alouds. We will also be reading several versions of The Little Red Hen. We will strengthen our comprehension skills by sequencing, retelling, identifying the problem and solution, identifying characters and their feelings, discussing the lesson learned, and making personal connections.
In Writing, we are continuing to work on writing personal narratives. We will be using mentor texts to search for ways to make our writing even better! Through mentor texts we will notice the author’s attention to detail and the writer's craft. Of course, we will continue to edit our writing by checking for appropriate sentence structure, punctuation and capitalization. We are also working on spelling rhyming word families.
In Math, we are completing our unit on addition and subtraction to 10 and beginning our unit on shapes. In our shapes unit we will identify characteristics of flat and solid shapes and compare and contrast similarities and differences.
In Science, we will be observing the change of season as the weather becomes cooler. We will observe and discuss how animals prepare for the winter. This month’s Full Moon is called the “Beaver Moon” and it will be on November 12.
In Social Studies, we will be learning about The First Thanksgiving. We will compare and contrast Thanksgiving then and now. We will use a Venn Diagram to see the similarities and differences. We are continuing to discuss how to be classroom citizens. As we discuss our school wide initiative to be “Flexible Thinkers” we will converse about ways to solve a problem and demonstrate kindness, even when we encounter an obstacle.