Sunday, January 21, 2018


The students started writing their penguin informative books last week.  We talked about the text features listed above.  The first graders will write facts about the habitat, diet, predators, appearance, and some cool facts on the penguin they picked.    


The vocabulary words listed above are some of the words that the first graders learned during our penguin unit.  

This activity was sent home with your child on Tuesday.  Please have them return it to school on Monday.  


The first graders have been learning about true/false statements in math.  There will be math homework Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.   

The first graders started working on their number scrolls.  The goal is to write numbers to 1,000 by the end of the year.  

One of the math skills the first graders were working on last week in math was greater than, less than, or equal to.  Please ask them about what kind of number the mouth eats.  

The kids used this link Math Games to play some of the math games they play during the week online.  Your child can play these games at home.  If you would like their username and password, please let me know.  

This week's reading target is main idea and details about a story.  The topic is astronauts.  

  • Lesson 16 spelling test will be Friday.  
  • The 100th day of school is Monday, January 29th.  There will be a note sent about special treats and activities for that day. 
  • The Valentine's Day party will be Wednesday, February 14th from 2:15-3:15.  Your child can make a box or bag to hold their cards that they will exchange on that day.  Please do not send the bag or box until the day of the party.   

Sunday, January 14, 2018



We have 2 visitors in our classroom.  Finn came Monday and Icey came on Friday.  They will be helping us learn about the Emperor, King, Little Blue, and Gentoo penguins.  Your child will write an informative book on one of the penguins.  

The first graders have been reading a variety of penguin books to research penguin facts.  Please ask your child to share a fact with you.  The students are finding out they are fascinating birds.  


We are reading this chapter book during our milk/snack time.  Please ask your child about the characters, setting, and  events that have happened so far.  

  • The first graders had a great time at the Civic Center on Friday.  Thanks to the parents that were able to go with us.  
  • Your child will be doing the FAST assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  They will also be finishing up the iReady math and reading diagnostic tests.  
  • There will not be any spelling words this week, so no test on Friday.  
  • The individual snacks are going well.  I will try to send home your child's baggie when it is empty and that why you can refill it and send it back to school with them.  Please let me know if you have any questions about snacks.  We do have 2 birthdays this week.  




Friday, January 5, 2018



The first graders learned about animals this week in reading.  They compared and contrasted the 5 animal groups.

  
The students worked on place value in math.  We will continue learning about this math skill next week.  

Give your child a number and ask them how many tens and how many ones it has in it.  For example 25, it has 2 tens and 5 ones.  


  • The first graders learned in writing that the verbs is and are tell what is happening now and was and were tell what happened in the past.  
  • A reminder that we will not have a snack calendar the rest of the year.  Your child will need to bring in peanut free snacks for Monday-Thursday.  Please no candy.  
  • There will not be any spelling words this week, so no test on Friday.
  • There will be math homework on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • The first graders will be going to the Civic Center to see Mr. Popper's Penguins on Friday, January 12th.  We will leave at 9:00 and get back around 11:45.  Your child will need to bring a sack lunch.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
  • We will start the 2nd iReady diagnostic test for reading on Monday and the math test on Tuesday.  This test will show how much growth the students have made from the beginning of the year until now.  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The first graders had a lot of fun at the Winter party.  A big THANK YOU to the moms that helped out.  






  • Spelling test will be on Friday over Lesson 15 words.  The list was sent home with your child on December 18th.
  • The first graders will be going to the Civic Center on Friday, January 12th to see Mr. Popper's Penguins.  We will leave the school at 9:00 and will be back around 11:45.  Your child will need a sack lunch for that day.  I can have 1 volunteer for this field trip.  Please let me know if you would like to attend.  There will be room on the bus for you to ride with us. 
  • Please have your child bring in their baggie for snack for this week.   

Sunday, December 17, 2017



  • The students can wear their pajamas and bring in Winter books to read on Monday, December 18th.
  • The first graders will be having a Polar Express Day on Thursday, December 21st.  They can wear their pajamas that day too.  If you signed up to bring an item for the party, please send it with your child by Tuesday.  
  • There will be math homework on Monday.  The 1st graders will review for the unit 4 math test on Tuesday and will take the test on Wednesday.  
  • The Winter party is Friday, December 22nd from 11:10-12:10.
  • Our class will be having a book exchange on Friday.  Please have your child bring in a wrapped book by Wednesday.  
  • There will not be a spelling test on Friday, but I will be sending home Lesson 15 spelling words on Monday.  The test will be on Friday, January 5th.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


The first graders made cards for the Deerfield Retirement Community.  Each grade level had a specific place to send cards to.  

Conclusions will be our reading target this week.  Please try and fit this into your conversations at home after your child gets done reading.  

The students were learning about contractions this week.  They did a great job spotting them everywhere, including t-shirts!

It was a busy week in math.  The first graders used geo boards to create different shapes.  

They also worked on collecting data and transferring the data into a bar graph.  The first graders were asked if they could pick a super power, what would they pick.  Their choices were flying, extra strong or to be invisible.  Ask your child what they picked and which super power won.    

The students explored with the base 10 blocks.  Please ask your child how much a cube, long, and flat are worth.  



  • Spelling will be on Friday.  The pink list will be sent home on Monday.  This list does not need to be returned to school.
  • There will be math homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
  • The first graders will be celebrating Polar Express Day on Thursday, December 21st.  They will get to wear their pajamas and do a lot of fun activities.  If you signed up to bring in an item for that day, you can send it with your child this week.  Thanks!
  • The Winter party will be Friday, December 22nd from 11:10-12:10.
  • Our class will be having a book exchange on the 22nd.  Please send a wrapped book with your child by the 20th.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017





Santa's new suits are looking great!  

The first graders are learning about measurement in math.  

The students measured a variety of items around the classroom.  

They have also been putting objects in order from shortest to longest.  

Last week, the first graders investigated the intriguing question of why stars only appear at night, but not during the day. Students modeled the stars using their own constellation projectors and tested what happened to the stars as the Sun rose and set.

The kids did a lot of work on Sequence of Events in reading and writing last week.  They shared what happened first, next, and last in stories.  


The students will be learning about Cause and Effect in reading.
  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • There will be math homework on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • The December snack calendar was sent home with your child on Friday.
  • The Polar Express Day will be Thursday, December 21st.  There will be a note sent home with more details about that day.
  • The Winter party will be Friday, December 22nd from 11:10-12:10.