Mrs. Parakilas

Welcome to Mrs. Parakilas's Class!

Specials Schedule:
A Day-Art       B Day-P.E.       C Day-Music     D Day-Library

                                          

May promises to be a busy month in first grade!


Reading- Students will continue their focus on the Questioning and Wondering reading strategy.  Students have been listening to stories and reading just right books while asking questions before, during and after reading.  They have been writing down their questions and searching for answers. They are utilizing this strategy to make predictions and construct a deeper understanding of the texts they are reading. Identifying the theme of a story continues to be a focus and students will learn to make text-to-text connections based on common themes as well as characters’ feelings and lessons learned. Students will extend their knowledge by writing about the theme and supporting their thinking with evidence from the text.  

Writing- Recently, the students have been working on writing opinion pieces.  This has been a lot of fun and the students have really enjoyed it. The students are writing about various topics like their favorite book or movie, the best outdoor activity, things to do at recess or the best pet to have to name a few!  They are learning to state their opinions about something, support their opinion with relevant details, and then wrap up their pieces by restating their opinion and encouraging the reader to think about what they wrote about. The students will be moving on to nonfiction research writing toward the middle of May.


Math-Students continue to build fluency with their addition and subtraction facts to 10 and their strategies for working with facts to 20.  They are utilizing the number rack to model and answer number combinations and various story problems. They have been writing and solving math equations that involve unknowns in all positions and have been determining if addition and subtraction are true or false.  In addition students have been utilizing the 120’s chart to practice forward and backward counting by 10’s.

Science- The caterpillars have arrived!  As part of our science unit on life cycles, we will be observing them as they transform into butterflies.  Goals for the unit include understanding the different stages of a butterfly’s life and understanding the needs of all living creatures.  Children will also gain skills in observing, describing and recording observations as they watch the changes in the caterpillars.  They will make connections and comparisons with the growth of other living things.

Special Dates:

Night of the Arts: May 3rd at 5:30

Early Dismissal for Students: May 25th

Adventure Day: May 31st