# This Week in First Grade

Week 33

## Compound Words

Compound words are two words put together to make a new word. For example, cup plus cake equals cupcake, and base plus ball equals baseball. Ask your child to brainstorm compound words, and keep a running list this week!
Introduce compound words by explaining that compound words are two words put together to make a new word with a new meaning. Hold up pictures of different parts of compound words and see if the class can guess the compound word. For example, cup plus cake makes cupcake.
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Using a picture as a clue, kids put two words together to make a compound word for each item on this reading worksheet.
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Compound Words: One Word from Two
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Compound Words: One Word from Two
This worksheet will teach your child how to scrunch two words together to get one compound word.
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Compound Word Coloring
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Compound Word Coloring
This worksheet will help children identify compound words, by asking them to color-code the words on the page.
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Compound Words Quiz
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Compound Words Quiz
Does your little reader know how to identify a compound word? Give her a challenge with this fill-in-the-bubble style quiz.
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Putting Words Together
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Putting Words Together
In this worksheet, your child will explore this definition, by putting pairs of words together to make common compound words.
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Compound Word Fish
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Compound Word Fish
Compound words are made up of two separate words. Kids create compound words to feed Roly in this matching game.
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As your child starts to tackle bigger sums, such as 13+15, teach them to draw a quick tens and ones picture to help them add these numbers more easily.
As students begin to tackle bigger sums, such as 13+15, teach them to draw a quick tens and ones picture to help them add these numbers more easily.
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In this draw and add challenge worksheet, children draw pictures of the items they are adding in order to visualize their work.
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Game
Kids sharpen mental addition skills with this silly construction math game.
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Math Mind Magic
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Math Mind Magic
Every student can be a magician after this lesson in mentally adding and subtracting by 10. No previous magic training required!
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Lesson plan
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Get ready to break the piggy bank! Students will use dimes and pennies in this hands-on lesson to solve for 10 more or 10 less than a given number. This EL lesson can be used alone or with the lesson plan Math Mind Magic.
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Interactive Worksheet
It's time to check those addition skills! Use this to assess your student’s abilities to add within 20.
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Interactive Worksheet
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Looking for a different way to engage your child with his addition facts? This color by number underwater scene might do the trick!
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## Making Inferences about Characters and Stories

Whether getting to know new characters or reading familiar stories, point out a book's life lessons. Think aloud as you read: What is the character learning here? What does he or she realize?
Making Inferences
Interactive Worksheet
Making Inferences
Interactive Worksheet
How to Analyze a Character
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How to Analyze a Character
Your students become masters at character analysis as they learn how to describe fictional characters by identifying traits and providing concrete evidence to support their thinking.
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Using Evidence to Analyze a Character
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Using Evidence to Analyze a Character
Your students will love learning all about the playful characters in a classic read-aloud text while digging into what makes characters unique. Use as a stand-alone or support lesson for the How to Analyze a Character lesson plan.
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The Missing Dragon: Level I
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The Missing Dragon: Level I
Help children practice reading as Ben searches for the dragon in this leveled book.
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Why do athletes get their own cards but not book characters? Change all that with this fun, reusable worksheet.
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Describe a Character
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Describe a Character
Young readers dip their toes into character analysis with this fun graphic organizer.
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## Opinion Writing

Kids love to write reviews and opinion pieces! Before they put their thoughts to paper, take the time to brainstorm topics to write about. Chart your child's ideas!
Students love to write reviews and opinion pieces! Before they put their thoughts to paper, take the time to brainstorm topics to write about. Chart your students' ideas!
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Students opine about their favorite animals and give reasons for their picks in this worksheet.
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Pizza, Pizza…Come and Get It!
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Pizza, Pizza…Come and Get It!
Help students grasp opinion writing and practice providing evidence with this worksheet.
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Do your students respect their peers' opinions? This lesson teaches first graders that their opinions matter by encouraging them to write out opinions and back them up with reasons.
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It’s My Opinion
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It’s My Opinion
Forming and sharing opinions is a vital part of self-expression. Use the following lesson to help your students write opinions and support them with three convincing reasons.
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I Hate Spiders: Level H
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I Hate Spiders: Level H
In this interactive text, new readers can learn the science about all the good things spiders do for nature and practice reading, too.
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It’s Just My Opinion
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It’s Just My Opinion
Help students sort fact from fiction with this hands-on worksheet.
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.