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First Grade News

September 30, 2013

Curriculum Highlights Math Introduction to money Science - Scientists use tools to extend their senses Word study ch, sh, th, wh Writing Writing cycle revising and editing Reading What do you do when you come across a word you dont know?

Reminders Friday October 4 - Free Dress Day. Bring RM5 to support KIVA and earn the privilege of wearing what you would like to school.

News From Ms. Tindalls Class As we begin to dive into our science unit on the weather you can keep your childs new knowledge alive by talking about weather in your daily lives. Ask your child what they think the wind speed is today? Is there any precipitation? (liquid/ solid water in the air such as rain, snow, hail) and how much? EG light rain, heavy showers, no precipitation. How much of the sky is covered with cloud 0, , , , 1 whole? Describe the clouds you see. Do you think they will bring rain or fair weather? Measure the temperature together. Look at weather forecasts on the Internet or television and compare them to the actual weather the next day. Compare what the weather is like in Malaysia to what it is like in other parts of the world such as your home country. Talk about how the weather affects our choices in life such as what to wear, type of transport and activities we do. Ask your child to forecast the weather for the day. In partnership, Ms. Tindall

Monday Reading: Look for a chunk. What smaller parts of words do you see that can help you figure out the larger word? Word Study: Go on a /sh/, /ch/, /th/, /wh/ hunt. Take a piece of scrap paper or white board, make four columns and hunt around the house/ in books/ in conversations, for words that contain these sounds. Remember the sound might be at the beginning, middle or end of a word. Keep a running record for a week or so. Make a predication about which sound youll find the most of. Math: Look at a clock with an adult and tell them everything you know about time. Remember use math vocabulary such as clockwise, minute hand, hour hand, pointing to, oclock, face. Tell an adult how do you know when it is an oclock time. Play the game: Catch the oclock. When you see the clock is on an oclock time be the first in your family to catch it. Tuesday Reading: Look for a chunk. Find base words and suffixes. (EG jump + ing, play +s, box + es, call + ed, teach + er) Word Study: Math: Take a box of dominoes. Count the total number of dots on each domino. Line them up from smallest to largest number. Wednesday Reading: Look for a chunk. Find base words and suffixes. (ing, s, es, ed, er) Math: Take a pile of coins. Study them carefully. What do you notice? Do you have currencies from multiple countries? How are the coins alike/ different? Thursday Reading: Look for a chunk. Find base words and suffixes. (ing, s, es, ed, er) Math: Grab handfuls of 5 sen (cent/ any currency) coins. Practice counting the total amount of money you grabbed by skip counting by 5s.

Friday Reading Poem collection: Please return it to school on Monday.

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