I am so excited to welcome you to first grade! We are going to have a great year!

A Day: Art

B Day: Phys. Ed.

C Day: Music

D Day: Library

# Math

This month’s Number Corner workouts delve into fractions (wholes, halves, and fourths) and telling time to the hour! Do you have an analog clock in your house or just digital ones?

We continue to work our way through Unit 2 which focuses on developing addition and subtraction strategies. Specific strategies we are focusing on are doubling, counting on, and counting back to solve combinations within 12. These strategies are reinforced during daily lessons and in our math Work Places.

We will also begin Unit 3 this month. Unit 3 continues to encourage mastery of key number facts and fact strategies for single-digit addition and subtraction. The first two modules teach students to recognize specific number combinations (combos of 10), work within fact families, and recognize how knowing if a number is odd or even can help.

# Science

In November, our Science unit is “The Apparent Movement of the Sun”. The students will enjoy working with their shadows, tracing them, and predicting where they may turn up next depending on the position of the sun. Prior to starting this unit, the students will be asked to start thinking about what science is, what scientists do and what tools they use, and learning about the scientific method and inquiry.

As the cold weather approaches and you are looking for more indoor activities to do with your child think about those that promote their fine motor skills and aid in improving hand strength and dexterity. A few games that you might want to consider include jacks, pick-up sticks, marbles, building with blocks, and puzzles. Knitting and sewing projects are also good tools for manual dexterity. Coloring books and crayons or colored pencils will assist in placement and control.

## Educational Websites for First Graders

If you are looking for some educational websites to use at home with your child check out the following:

www.starfall.com (A ton of phonemic awareness and reading activities.)

www.internet4classrooms.com (Reading, writing, math , you name it!)

www.factmonster.com (Click on the math link and then Flashcards for great fact practice!)

www.fun4thebrain.com

We encourage you to check these out with your child first and enjoy!

A few November dates to remember:

Wednesday, November 14 - Flu Shot Clinic at EES in the gym 2:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, November 21st-23rd – Thanksgiving Break – No School

Have a happy and healthy November!

Sincerely,