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Addition Strategy Songs

Adding 0

Adding zero, is so easy now.
When I add it, nothing changes.
Oh watch me now!
Two plus zero’s two,
And three plus zero’s three.
I can add these numbers now.
Won’t you try with me!


Adding 1

{Sing to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”}
Start with a number and add one.
To find the answer’s really fun.
Just see what number’s next in line,
This is the answer every time.
So three plus one equals four.
Now you can go solve some more.


Counting On

{Sing to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”}
When you add a number,
With one, two, three.
Start with the biggest,
and count up with me.
If I have the problem,
Seven plus three.
I start at seven,
Up one, two, three.


Ten Facts

{Sing to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”}
I’ve been adding to make ten.
And I know every way.
Every number has a partner,
Let’s say them today.
Zero, ten and one, nine,
I’ll add two and eight.
Three, seven, six and four.
Five and five are great!


Double Facts

{Sing to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”}
1 + 1 is two, 2 + 2 is four
We know our doubles facts,
Let’s do some more.
3 + 3 is six, 4 + 4 is eight
We know our doubles facts,
We are really great!
5 + 5 is ten, 6 + 6 is twelve
We know our doubles facts,
We do them all ourselves.
7 + 7 is fourteen, 8 + 8 is sixteen
We know our doubles facts,
We’re the best you’ve ever seen.
9 + 9 is eighteen, 10 + 10 is twenty
We know our doubles facts
And we know plenty!


Double Neighbors

{Sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”}
If you know your doubles facts,
I have news for you.
You can learn so much more
Here is what you do.
If you know eight plus eight,
Always makes sixteen.
Then eight plus nine is one more
And equals seventeen.


Adding 10

{Sing to the tune of “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”}
When you add 10 to a number, to a number,
First, take away the zero,
yes the zero.
Write the number instead of the zero.
And, you will be an adding hero, adding hero!


Adding 9

{Sing to the tune of “Ring Around the Rosie”}
When I need to add a nine,
First, I add a ten just fine.
Then I count back,
One number now.
This will be my answer.

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January 25, 2016

Reading (Information Text with a Science Connection)

This week we will read the book, On The Moon.  The students will:determine the authors purpose, recognize that names of place are proper nouns and identify and use antonyms.


The students reviewed the following addition strategies to accurately solve addition problems: ingers, cubes, number line, ten frames, counters and draw a picture.  The students will bring home a flip book with these strategies.  Please have your child tell you about each strategy.  The students will continue practicing the following strategies to solve addition problems:  zero facts, adding one, counting on, ten facts, double facts, double neighbors, adding ten, adding nine.

There are songs to help remember each strategy below!

Words of the Week

Last week the students practiced words with the /ch/ digraph.  This week the students will practice words with the /wh/ digraph.  Example words: what, when, where, why, which, whisper, white, while, wheel, whistle, wheat.  The students did a nice job on the /ch/ words of the week tests.  Each week they are getting more accurate with the dictation portion of the test.  Some students are forgetting to begin each sentence with a capital letter and end with a period.  Please have your child practice writing the words of the week in sentences.


Science homework is due tomorrow, January 26th.

Last week the students started discussing what causes day and night.  They learned that the earth spins on an imaginary line that runs through the earth, the axis. (rotation)  They learned that it takes one full day for the earth to rotate on its axis.   This week they will learn that the earth rises in the east and sets in the west and the reasons for the seasons.  These are BIG concepts for first graders.  We will use picture books, short videos and hands-on materials to introduce and develop an understanding of these topics.


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January 11, 2016

Curriculum Updates


This week we will read the book, “Arctic Animals.” The students will identify the main idea and supporting details, compare arctic animals and identify simple predicates, connect to prior knowledge to understand text and describe information provided by photographs.  The students will continue to read-to-self, read-to-others, read with their guided reading groups & read on the Kindles throughout the week.


The students will work use base ten blocks to represent two-digit numbers.  The students will be able to identify the tens and ones in a two-digit number.  The students will continue to practice using a variety of strategies to add within 20.


The students are working on writing informational text.  We have been reading and exploring non-fiction books in the classroom.  The students will begin writing an informational book about an animal.  (Science Connection) 

Words of the Week

We are working on the digraph /th/.

bath, math, teeth, thank, that, them, then, there, these, they, this, three

Our assessment for “words of the week” has changed.  We will give the students 5 words of the week in isolation.  This will be worth 5 points.  Then the students will be given 5 dictation sentences.  Each sentence will be worth 3 points for a total of 15 points (1- beginning the sentence with a capital letter, 1 – correct spelling of the word of the week, 1 – end punctuation).  Please have your child spend a few minutes each day practicing the words of the week in sentence writing.  



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