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Fun Times in First

Room 6 Issue 9- May, 2019

The Dates to Remember:

The Home Stretch! 5/2 Cinco de Mayo at lunch
Wow – April really flew by! ** Wear green, red, or white
Being such a short month (due to
vacation), the highlight of the 5/2 Burrell Art Show 6:30 – 8:00 pm
month was our trip to Boston to
the New England Aquarium! The 5/10 Moose Hill Program @ Burrell
exhibits are always a hit for
information, as well as animal 5/17 Viewing of the 3rd/4th Grade Play
antics and student enjoyment, but
(Dress Rehearsal)
our exploration program on
5/24 Scholastic Book Order Due
**last one for the year
Habitats was especially enjoyable.
In this class, students learned
5/27 No School – Memorial Day
about 3 specific habitats: Rocky
Shore, Saltmarsh, and Sandy
5/27 Happy Birthday Noah!
Beach. After they learned about
the characteristics of each of
these habitats, students were able
to touch, feel, and hold animals
that were typical residents for
each habitat. It was a great
hands-on activity and the
culmination of our day! Thank you
to Mrs. Barbato, Mrs. McCaffrey,
Mr. Blanchard, Mrs. Groves, and
Mr. McDonald. We appreciate you
for sharing your time with us!
In June, we will be going to the
Roger William’s Zoo. More
information will be going home
soon, if you are interested in
During the last week of April, we received an
chaperoning please let me know on
your child’s permission slip. I’ve Art Farm and a Lady Bug Land. The
heard it is a fun day! observations have been great, we are
Thanks a bunch, recording what we notice and wonder in our
Mrs. Muirhead journals. It is amazing to watch our insects.
Fun Times in First
Room 6 Issue 9- May, 2019

Reading - In Fundations, we have been learning more about multi-syllabic words, or words
with more than one syllable. We have learned that each syllable has a vowel, and that as
we write and spell multisyllabic words, we need to break the word into syllable parts, then
tap out the sounds to spell each syllable, and finally, blend all the syllables together to
make sure we have spelled all the parts of the word. However, as we can also apply these
skills when we read unfamiliar multisyllabic words! We can now chunk unfamiliar words into
syllables when reading by using the vowel rule. All of the foundational skills we have
learned in Fundations is truly coming into play as we read more challenging texts. You will
be amazed at the new words your child can read using this skill!

Writing – Our end of the year writing goal has been to write a 5 – 8
sentence paragraph, and we have been reflecting on how much
stamina we have gained throughout the year. The class has become
very proficient in writing a basic 5 sentence paragraph that has a
main idea sentence, 3 detail sentences about the main idea topic,
and then a conclusion/clincher sentence to finish the paragraph off.
At the end of the year, you are sure to be impressed with how much
our writing has grown throughout the year! The children enjoy
looking back on their writing and discovering how much it has

Math – We have been learning about different strategies to help us add and subtract a single
digit number from a two-digit number. As students of this age are still often at the concrete
level, it is more meaningful for students to represent their problem-solving skills using objects
and then recording their work/thinking using symbols. As we add or subtract, students have
been using 3 different strategies: 1) Base 10 Block Strategy, 2) Number Bond strategy, and 3)
Partial Sums. We are using several different tools and drawings to show our understanding.
We continue to work on our fact fluency too. As we get closer to the end of the year,
assessments will begin.

Science/Social Studies– Throughout first grade, we work hard on learning to read by developing beginning
reading strategies for decoding and comprehension. However, we have also been working on Reading to Learn
when we use non-fiction texts to teach us new things. Non-fiction texts are organized and presented differently
than fiction texts. We have focused on reading more non-fiction texts using our Scholastic News and several
books about Lady Bugs and Ants. Finding the most important facts, and being able to summarize is a key
component to understanding and comprehending non-fiction text.