Healy Happenings 1st Grade :: Room 116 :: March 18th, 2016 End of the Week Wrap Up Literacy Lake Zurich CUSD 95 will be hosting our 8th annual Science Fair on Saturday, April 16, 2016 sponsored by the District 95 Educational Foundation. For the past two weeks in reading students have been participating in Book Clubs! Students were placed into Book Club by their guided reading groups, to read a chapter book and practice reading strategies we learned during the fiction unit. The reading strategies we are reviewing and practicing are predicting, visualizing, asking questions, making connections, finding character traits, finding fiction story elements (character, setting, and plot), as well as retelling a story. Students did such a fantastic job during their first book club that we started a second round of book clubs! Be sure to ask your child what book they are reading during our second round of Book Clubs! The objective of this event is to excite our students about science. Participation is open to all K-8 students including District 95 students, parochial and private school students, and home schooled students. This event will be both educational and fun. Talk with your child about participating in the science fair. Sign up has been extended to April th 12 at 11:30, so sign up now to ensure your spot! Visit the website below for registration information. http://www.lz95.org/classes/cusd95educationfou ndationsciencefairandexpo_.d95sciencefair/ Next week is the last week of school before spring break. There will be no Word Study next week. Have a great weekend! Math Last week we worked very hard and wrapped up Module 8 – connecting addition and subtraction. used Have a greatWe weekend number lines and the count on strategySarah to learnHealy that you can solve an addition problem with subtraction or a subtraction problem with addition. We also worked on word problems with missing addends, which is a little more challenging for 1st graders. This week we have started the first half of Module 9 – using and writing addition equations and inequalities. Students had to identify missing addends in order to balance an equation, or make an equation a true statement. Then students had to take it a step further to identify missing addends in two addition statements to make a true student. For example: 1+5=3+3. We will continue this work next week. Attached you will find a parent letter explaining Module 9 in more detail. We will only be focusing on the first half of Module 9 at this point. We will come back to the second half of Module 9 soon. In writing workshop we have started our next writing unit on “All About” books. This unit focuses on why authors write “All About” books (or nonfiction books). Students are able to connect their learning from the reading unit on nonfiction to this writing unit. We just finished the first stage in the writing process, which is immersion. Students were immersed in quality “All About” mentor texts that have allowed students to think about why authors write nonfiction texts. We learned that authors may write nonfiction texts because there is a topic that is very interesting to them, they may have done research on a specific topic, or they may have an opinion about a certain topic. Next week we will enter the Generating Ideas stage in writing workshop. Our goal for the end of the unit is for students to produce their own “All About” book! In word work we have been focusing on adding – ed or –ing to verbs to make past or present tense verbs. Students have been doing a great job of finding past and present tense verbs in their readings and around the room. We will continue to practice this next week. Word Study There will be no word study next week. We will start back up with new sorts when we return from Spring Break! Dates to Remember Wednesday 3/23 – Personal Timeline Project Due Friday 3/25 – No School Week of 3/20 – Spring Break, No School Monday 4/4 – School Resumes Tuesday 4/12 – Science Fair Sign up Deadline *There was no math game sent home this week. *Over spring break students are encouraged to play math games from their math kit, in order to practice important math skills introduced! Social Studies We have started our next unit in Social Studies – Past, Present, and Future. So far students have examined how communication and transportation had changed from the past to now. Students have even brainstormed some neat ideas of what communication and transportation may look like in the future! We also started examining and creating timelines to show sequential order. This connects to the Personal Timeline project students are currently working on at home. These projects are due next Wednesday!