1A Ms. Dunn

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         First Grade at a Glance


We are working on Units 9 and 10  in the Adventures of the Superkids program.  The children are learning new Memory and Pattern Words in this Unit.  They are learning words with two vowels together (ea, ee, oa, ie, ai, ue, ui).  They learned a rhyme to help them decode these words:  When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.  The first vowel is long.  The second vowel is silent.  They are also leaning adjectives and adjectives that compare with er and er and est.  The children are also learning contractions and the suffix er.  The stories they are reading is "The Straw Horse" and " The Spingle Spangle Talent Show. 

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We are finishing Chapter 7 (Compare Numbers).  The children have been learning about greater than, less than, and equal to.  They are learning to compare numbers using the symbols: >, <, =.  They are also comparing numbers to solve problems and identifying numbers that are 10 less and 10 more than a given number.  The Test on Chapter 7 is on Friday, March 8th.  We will begin the next chapter on Two Digit Addition and Subtraction.  
At this time the children should also be able to demonstrate fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Please continue using Flash Cards at home to help with this.  Please use the IXL Program as well.

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We are continuing Unit 2 on We Are Followers of Jesus.  The children will be learning new Key Words: Pentecost, Church, Apostles, Bishops and Pope.  They will be learning that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his followers, that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Blessed Trinity and how the Holy Spirit helps the Church to grow today.  The children will also learn that Jesus appointed the Apostles to care for the Church and how the pope and bishops care for the Church today. 
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We are learning about energy.   The children will be learning how energy is used, what gives off heat and what makes light and sound.  This will help the children understand what energy can do and how we use energy to make things work.  Some of the vocabulary words the children will learn are: energy, electricity, heat, vibrate, pitch, volume, transparent, translucent, opaque and shadow.

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We are learning about Symbols and traditions of the United States.  The children are learning about symbols and traditions that connect all Americans across the country.  Some of the symbols they are learning about are the American Flag, Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, Uncle Sam and the Golden Gate Bridge.  They are also learning about American documents that are the basis on our country's freedom and laws (The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence).
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The children are writing about their Luckiest Day for St. Patrick's Day.  They are also writing about what they would wish for if a leprechaun gave them three wishes.                                      

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