Government Hill First Grade

                           Mr. Harris  &  Srta. Rodriguez



We will be reviewing a few key math concepts over the next month.  These are important skills to master in order to be prepared for second grade.

*Basic addition and subtraction facts to 20

The basic addition and subtraction facts are all the combinations of 1-digit numbers (2+2, 6+9, 8+4, etc.) and the corresponding subtraction exercises (18-9, 7-4, etc.). To you, these are probably automatic. You don't need to think about them because you've memorized the answers. That immediate command is what you're striving to teach your chid.

*Counting on and counting back 

For facts such as 9+1 or 7+2, you can count on from the greater number. Similarly, for facts such as 6 – 1, you can count back. (Counting back is often harder to master than counting on.)

*Doubles and doubles plus or minus 1

Doubles facts are usually easy to remember and can be used to learn other facts. Since

8 + 8 = 16,  then we know 8 +8 +1 will be one more than 16, or 17.  Similarly, if

8 + 8 = 16,  then we know 8 +8 -1 will be one  less than 16, or 15.

*Related Facts

A fact family is a group of related facts using the same numbers. One example would be 4 + 3 = 7,  3 + 4 = 7,   7 – 3 = 4, and 7 – 4 = 3. Fact families are a very powerful tool for mastering facts; once you know one fact in a family, you can work out the other facts in the same family. Fact families are also useful for solving problems with missing addends, such as 4 + __ = 7.


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    Last Day of 1st Grade

      Upcoming Events

April 8

Bear and Moose Safety presentation--Alaska Fish and Game.

April 22

Earth Day

April 24

Birthday Celebrations

(April and June Birthdays)

April 25

Spring Cultural Festival

May 6

Habitat Day

May 7

Junior Achievement Day

May 8

Tie Dye T-shirts

May 15

Field Day

May 21

Last Day of School



This is truly the time of year when reading starts to “click” for 1st grade students.  It is now more critical than ever that you read daily with your child.  Your child’s confidence and  and fluency in their reading can grow quickly with added encouragement and support from home.

Read, read, read........

                                                         Student Birthdays

We celebrate each child’s birthday by singing “Happy Birthday” and having the student pick a book and bookmark from our gift box.  Please do not send treats on your child’s birthday.  Instead, we will celebrate all of our April and June birthdays on Friday, April 24. During this celebration all of the April and June birthday children are allowed to bring treats for our classes. 

Our birthdays kids are: 

    Dawson        Claudia       Miguel S.        Lola        Eliara 

                                        RAZ-KIDS and Lexia

All students now have their Raz-Kid and Lexia passwords to use at school and home.   Take advantage of these programs if your child has access to a computer at home.

      March Photos

We now have our March photos uploaded to our Class Albums page.  Click on the March album to view the recently added pictures.