What's happening in First-Grade?

May 2022 News

Families,

Diversity

Our school's Diversity Committee has a theme that we work to follow each month. For May, the theme is "Roots all Over the World." We encourage you to have conversations about your family heritage, if possible, at home or spend some time learning about traditions that are carried out in different countries.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been working on long vowel patterns and r-controlled patterns for vowels. We will be exploring contractions with 've, 're, 'm, 's, n't, 'll in the coming weeks. We will also be working with woord sthat have the oo pattern ( "uhh" like in book or hook or "ew" like in moo and room) and "consonant+le" (such as the words hustle or castle) endings.

Grammar: We will continue working with prefixes and suffixes to modify words. We will also be continuing with sentence structure, use of verbs and adjectives while writing, using sequencing in our storytelling, and modifying words based on time.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting. We will also use daily practice to review skills that we are building on throughout the year (adding and subtracting for fluency)

Topics that will be covered in the coming weeks will include tracking and organizing data through graphing, spiraling back to fact fluency for addition and subtraction within 10, using strategies to add and subtract within 20. We will be exploring how to tell time and read a clock to the hour and half-hour, and working with identifying the value of coins in relation to base ten.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

We have been working on narratives, opinion, and informative writing at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence).

We have been working on writing stamina with additional handwriting practice.

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will be looking at traditions practiced around the world. We will be spending time working on West Virginia history as well as working with creating a time-line. Conversations about family trees and heritage will be explored to connect to our Diversity theme for May.

In Science, we will be covering plants and animals through experiments in the classroom using our FOSS science kit as well as online resources. Animal habitats are being explored to connect to our informative writing.

Health

The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

April 2022 News

Families,

Diversity

Our school's Diversity Committee has a theme that we work to follow each month. For April, the theme is "Everyone learns and thinks in different ways." We will be celebrating our differences through conversation and literature within the classroom, but also encourage you to continue this at home. There are many things that make someone unique and it is important to practice patience and understanding while also being inclusive of special needs.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been working on long vowel patterns for vowels. This month we begin working with r-controlled vowel patterns /ar/ /are/ /er/ /ir/ /or/ /ore/. We will also be working with final blends ng, nk, the inflections -ing, -s, and -es. We will also be looking at contractions with 've, 're and additional long vowel patterns such as /oo/.

Grammar: We will continue working with prefixes and suffixes to modify words. We will also be continuing with sentence structure, use of verbs and adjectives while writing, using sequencing in our storytelling, and modifying words based on time.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting. We will also use daily practice to review skills that we are building on throughout the year (adding and subtracting for fluency)

Topics that will be covered in the coming weeks will include understanding two-dimensional shapes (sides, corners, vertices), working with fractions to cut shapes into halves and fourths, and beginning our unit on tracking and organizing data through graphing.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

We have been working on narratives, opinion, and informative writing at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence).

We have been working on writing stamina with additional handwriting practice.

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will be looking at traditions practiced around the world (St. Patrick's Day) as well as looking at timelines. Timelines can be used to talk about figures of history but can also be used to explore our own lives.

In Science, we will be covering plants and animals through experiments in the classroom using our FOSS science kit as well as online resources. Animal habitats are being explored to connect to our informative writing.

Health

The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

March 2022 News

Families,

Please continue to monitor the weather forecast for the day as you dress your child. We go outside if the temperature is 30 degrees or warmer. Remember that there are distinct differences on how school will operate in response to the weather. If a message goes out that school is cancelled then there will be no assignments or live meetings to attend. If an Arctic Academy is announced then a live meeting will take place on your child's Google Classroom account at 9:30 in the morning with their homeroom teacher. Assignments for the day will be posted online. If a delay is called, breakfast will be cancelled at school. Our recess starts at 10:35 a.m. and we have lunch at 11:05 a.m.

If you have not sent in a pair of headphones or earbuds for your child to use with their chrome books, please do that soon. If you are unable to do so, please let your child's teacher know.

Diversity

Our school's Diversity Committee has a theme that we work to follow each month. For March, the theme is "You can be what you want to be!" To participate in this month's theme we are asking families to record a 10-15 minute video talking about something that you do for a living. It can be your career, ways that you are involved in the community, or some other topic that relates to the theme. Please keep in mind that everyone at the school will have access to this video to display in classrooms, so remember to keep it kid-friendly! :)

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been working on long vowel patterns for vowels. This month we will be working on long vowel patterns with CVCe. Patterns covered this month will include long o (oa, ow, oe), long i (ie, igh, y) and r controlled vowel pattern (ar).

Grammar: We will be working on the suffix -ly when modifying words. We will also be continuing with sentence structure, use of verbs and adjectives while writing, using sequencing in our storytelling, and modifying words based on time.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting. We will also use daily practice to review skills that we are building on throughout the year (adding and subtracting for fluency)

We will continue with place value in the coming weeks, leading into comparing using greater than, less than, and equal to and being able to add 10 to any number. This will lead into our practice with adding any number within 100.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

We have been working on narratives and opinion writing at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence).

Many of the first-grade classrooms are learning about animal habitats to help with informative writing.

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will be looking at traditions practiced around the world (St. Patrick's Day) as well as looking at timelines. Timelines can be used to talk about figures of history but can also be used to explore our own lives.

In Science, we will be covering plants and animals through experiments in the classroom using our FOSS science kit as well as online resources. Animal habitats are being explored to connect to our informative writing.

Health

The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

February 2022 News

Families,

Please continue to monitor the weather forecast for the day as you dress your child. We go outside if the temperature is 30 degrees or warmer. Remember that there are distinct differences on how school will operate in response to the weather. If a message goes out that school is cancelled then there will be no assignments or live meetings to attend. If an Arctic Academy is announced then a live meeting will take place on your child's Google Classroom account at 9:30 in the morning with their homeroom teacher. Assignments for the day will be posted online. If a delay is called, breakfast will be cancelled at school. Our recess starts at 10:35 a.m. and we have lunch at 11:05 a.m.

If you have not sent in a pair of headphones or earbuds for your child to use with their chrome books, please do that soon. If you are unable to do so, please let your child's teacher know.

Diversity

Our school's Diversity Committee has a theme that we work to follow each month. For February, the theme is "Advocate for Rights." Look for more information about ways we can have conversations matching this theme to come home.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been working on long vowel patterns for vowels. This month we will be working on long vowel patterns with CVCe. Patterns covered this month will include long u, e (VCe); Soft g (g, dge), long e (ea, ee), long a (ai, ay), contractions with 'm, 's, n't, 'll.

Grammar: We will be working on the suffix -less when modifying words. We will also be continuing with sentence structure, use of verbs and adjectives while writing, using sequencing in our story telling, and modifying words based on time.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting.

We have been working on place value (48 has 4 tens and 8 ones) while using strategies to add ten more and ten less. Strategies include breaking the number apart and looking at each piece ( 48 + 10 is 4 tens and 8 ones + 1 ten = 4+ 1 tens and 8 ones = 5 tens and 8 ones = 58), using a 120 chart to find ten more, decomposing to make a ten (48 + 10 is the same as 40 + 8 + 10. 40 + 10 = 50. 50 + 8 = 58).

We will continue with place value in the coming weeks, leading into comparing using greater than, less than, and equal to and being able to add 10 to any number.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

We have been working on narratives and opinion writing at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence). We will be working on Opinions in the coming weeks.

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will be learning about prominent members of the Black community. We will also be comparing things that take place now to how they were in the past (examples: technology used: cell phone vs rotary phone). We will also be discussing President's Day, International Day of Women and Girls in Space (Feb. 11th), and continuing the conversation of tolerance and acceptance of others.

In Science, we will continue studying sound and light with resources from our FOSS kit.

Health

Please continue to have your children washing their hands and wearing masks. Many of the students have been excited to share whether they have received the COVID vaccine. Unfortunately, this has also caused some students to feel that they no longer need to wear their masks in the correct way. We have reminded our students that the rule we follow at school, regardless of whether they have received their vaccine or not, is that masks are worn inside the building and classrooms with their noses and mouths covered correctly. Thank you for reinforcing this policy with your children.

The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

January 2022 News

Families,

It's hard to believe that we are already in the new year! Happy 2022 to you all. :)

Please continue to monitor the weather forecast for the day as you dress your child. We go outside if the temperature is 30 degrees or warmer.

If you have not sent in a pair of headphones or earbuds for your child to use with their chrome books, please do that soon. If you are unable to do so, please let your child's teacher know.

Diversity

Our school's Diversity Committee has a theme that we work to follow each month. For January, the theme is "Families Come in Different Shapes." Look for more information about ways we can have conversations matching this theme to come home.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been continuing our review of blends and digraphs. This month we will be working on long vowel patterns with CVCe.

Grammar: We will be working on suffixes -y, and -ful when modifying words.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting.

In the coming weeks, we will be working on place value (understanding that 27 has two groups of ten (20) and one group of 7) and analyzing the 120 number chart for patterns to help us count. We will also be comparing numbers with vocabulary: greater than, less than, equal to.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

We have been working on narratives and introducing opinion writing at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence). We will be working on Opinions in the coming weeks.

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will continue to learn about traditions celebrated around the world. We will also be comparing things that take place now to how they were in the past (examples: technology used: cell phone vs rotary phone).

In Science, we will be studying sound and light with resources from our FOSS kit.

Health

Please continue to have your children washing their hands and wearing masks. Many of the students have been excited to share whether they have received the COVID vaccine. Unfortunately, this has also caused some students to feel that they no longer need to wear their masks in the correct way. We have reminded our students that the rule we follow at school, regardless of whether they have received their vaccine or not, is that masks are worn inside the building and classrooms with their noses and mouths covered correctly. Thank you for reinforcing this policy with your children.

The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

December 2021 News

Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year. We have a lot of exciting things coming up as the holiday season approaches!

As the weather is changing, please monitor the temperature in advance before sending your child to school. We are approaching cooler weather, and we go outside for recess if the real feel is 30 degrees or higher. It is also super important that your child be able to tie their shoes on their own if they have laces. This is a great skill that boosts fine motor development and independence. Here are some videos that you could share with your kiddo if this is still something they need to master :

If you have not sent in a pair of headphones or earbuds for your child to use with their chrome books, please do that soon. If you are unable to do so, please let your child's teacher know.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been reviewing short vowels, double consonant patterns, as well as digraphs th, sh, wh, and ch. We will be working on initial blends with L and reviewing st, sl, fl, cl blends.

Grammar: In the coming weeks we will be working on subjects and verbs as well as time words.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting.

In the coming weeks, we will be working on mental math strategies as well as creating ten out of a number to organize our problem better. For example 17 + 2 could be changed into 10 + 7 + 2 and then again into 10+9 to make 19. It may seem like a lengthy process, but it is a great way to organize the thought process to promote fluency in addition and subtraction.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

We are working on narratives at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence). We will be working on Opinions in the coming weeks.

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will be learning about traditions celebrated around the world. There are many unique holidays and traditions that are similar and different and learning about what makes our world so special is a fun and engaging activity for the kids.

In Science, we will be reading stories about outer space and having discussions on lights and shadows.

Health

Please continue to have your children washing their hands and wearing masks. The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

November 2021 News

Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year. We have a lot of exciting things coming up as the holiday season approaches!

As the weather is changing, please monitor the temperature in advance before sending your child to school. We are approaching cooler weather, and we go outside for recess if the real feel is 30 degrees or higher. It is also super important that your child be able to tie their shoes on their own if they have laces. This is a great skill that boosts fine motor development and independence. Here are some videos that you could share with your kiddo if this is still something they need to master :

If you have not sent in a pair of headphones or earbuds for your child to use with their chrome books, please do that soon. If you are unable to do so, please let your child's teacher know.

Information on volunteering should have come home. At this time, we are not allowing parents to physically volunteer during school hours. If you would like more information on this please reach out to your child's teacher.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We have been reviewing short vowel sounds and working with double consonant patterns such as SS, LL, MM, FF (example words: fuzzy, hill, pull, pass, etc.). We will also be discussing consonant digraphs such as th, sh, ch in the coming weeks.

Grammar: We will be reviewing parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives) and making good sentences (subject + predicate). We will also be discussing the differences between a statement (telling something), a question (asking something) and a command (telling someone to do something).

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

If your child sees a Title I reading teacher for support they may be bringing home an additional bag of activities. Please check your child's backpack and communication folders each night.

Math

We will continue to count in different ways during daily practice. Addition and subtraction problems with sums of 10 or less will be used to support fact fluency and we will also be working with word problems and identifying key "magic" words to let us know which we need to do. Example: How many are left? would indicate that I am subtracting.

In the coming weeks, we will be identifying teen numbers and adding and subtracting using numerous strategies with sums up to 20.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

We are working on narratives at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence).

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies we will continue discussions on being a productive citizen within the classroom and how that correlates to the "real world." We will also be reviewing maps, and identifying different land and water features. Identifying West Virginia on a map will also be explored. Later on in the month, we will be having discussions comparing how we live in the modern age to how people lived hundreds of years ago using primary sources. Traditions of different cultures will be explored, including those of Native Americans and the early settlers.

In Science, we will be working on numerous activities. Many of us have been working on different plan life cycles and explorations with pumpkins to reflect the holiday season. We have also been discussing animals and characteristics to describe them with our reading series and additional activities. Through our FOSS program we have also been learning about air and weather and the change in seasons.

Health

Please continue to have your children washing their hands and wearing masks. The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

October 2021 News

Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year. We have a lot of exciting things coming up as the holiday season approaches!

As the weather is changing, please monitor the temperature in advance before sending your child to school. We are approaching cooler weather, and we go outside for recess if the real feel is 30 degrees or higher. It is also super important that your child be able to tie their shoes on their own if they have laces. This is a great skill that boosts fine motor development and independence. Here are some videos that you could share with your kiddo if this is still something they need to master :

If you have not sent in a pair of headphones or earbuds for your child to use with their chrome books, please do that soon. If you are unable to do so, please let your child's teacher know.

Information on volunteering should have come home. At this time, we are not allowing parents to physically volunteer during school hours. If you would like more information on this please reach out to your child's teacher.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We will be working on short vowels (a, e, i , o, u) while reviewing consonants. Daily practice for letter identification (knowing the name of the letter) and letter-sound identification (knowing what sounds each letter can make) will be ongoing practice as we begin the school year.

Grammar: We will be working on parts of speech that include: nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We will also be reviewing what makes a good sentence (having a naming part and a telling part). For example: "The cat." could be improved by adding details. --> "The gray cat ate food." It is good to practice this in daily conversation to have it transfer to your child's writing.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

Math

We will continue to work on counting in different ways up to 10 and 20, as well as identifying number partners up to 10. Fact Fluency (knowing the answer to a math problem as fast as a snap) with addition and subtraction of sums up to 10 will be the focus. Manipulatives including number lines, counters, ten-frames, counting cubes and various others will be used within the classroom. Examples of number partners for 6 would be knowing:

0+6=6 1+5=6 2+4=6 3+3=6 and then knowing that we can turn those facts around to also get 6+0=6 5+1=6 and so on.

We have also been working on identifying doubles plus one facts. Knowing that 3 + 3 = 6, and then knowing that if I add one more I could have the problem 3 + 3 + 1 = 7.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments. We will have time set aside during the school day to be on i-Ready.

Writing

We are beginning to introduce the writing process to our first-grade students. Please talk about the correct way to hold a pencil when writing. It is also super important that first-grade students know how to write and correctly spell their names. Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

We are working on narratives at this point in the year. Students are writing stories and practicing adding details to their writing to have a beginning, a middle, and an end to their story. Skills taught in grammar instruction are to be carried over to their writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and having a "good" sentence).

Science/Social Studies

We will be exploring U.S. symbols such as the American Flag, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and many more. This will tie in to our conversations of communities and the foundations for rules and laws, and who enforces those rules and laws. We will also be exploring maps and geography in the coming weeks.

In science, many students have been learning about air and weather through the use of our FOSS curriculum. We will be conducting experiments in the classroom and taking advantage of days with good weather to go outside.

Health

Please continue to have your children washing their hands and wearing masks. The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team

August/September 2021 News

Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2021 school year! We are very excited to get to know your children as we review expectations and establish routines.

Reading

Phonics/Spelling: We will be working on short vowels (a, e, i , o, u) while reviewing consonants. Daily practice for letter identification (knowing the name of the letter) and letter-sound identification (knowing what sounds each letter can make) will be ongoing practice as we begin the school year.

Grammar: We will be working on parts of speech that include: nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

Please remember to read with your child, or have them read to you, each night for 15-20 minutes. Sight words can be practiced at home to support their learning as well. MyOn is an excellent website to use for digital book access - please refer to your child's teacher for login information.

Math

We will be working on counting in different ways up to 10 and 20, as well as identifying number partners up to 10 within the first few weeks. Manipulatives including number lines, counters, ten-frames, counting cubes and various others will be used within the classroom. Examples of number partners for 6 would be knowing:

0+6=6 1+5=6 2+4=6 3+3=6 and then knowing that we can turn those facts around to also get 6+0=6 5+1=6 and so on.

Websites like i-Ready and Reflex Math can be used to support your child's learning.

The goal is for your child to have completed at least 30 minutes of i-Ready math each week. Please remember that while your child is on i-Ready they should NOT be receiving any help on assignments.

Writing

We are beginning to introduce the writing process to our first-grade students. Please talk about the correct way to hold a pencil when writing. It is also super important that first-grade students know how to write and correctly spell their names. Handwriting is a skill that is better addressed early on in a child's education, so please monitor their handwriting and have them correct any mistakes (with gentle reminders).

Here is a cool video that you can share with your children --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RclxBdiuvOM

This website has some tips for helping with handwriting --> https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/reading-and-writing-ideas/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting.html

Science/Social Studies

We have been reviewing rules and expectations and will be connecting those concepts to the rules we follow in our community. We will be using primary sources to help review what rules are and create our own "class constitution" with rules generated by students. Positive and negative consequences for rule-following and breaking will also be explored.

Health

Please continue to have your children washing their hands and wearing masks. The Great Body Shop magazines will be coming home to review as a family.

We will be exploring a lot of mental health strategies during this school year. Our Second Step resources provide social-emotional learning and have focused on: identifying emotions and feelings, managing those feelings, finding ways to calm down, finding ways to problem-solve. We will continue to practice these methods throughout the end of the school year.

Thank you for all that you do,

-The First Grade Team