Southmoor Scholars

Families: Please read weekly updates provided by Mrs. Sarah Olney and check Southmoor App regularly!

1st Grade Class-Mrs. Larson

Thank you families for the classroom recess snacks!

Thank you to the many families that donated classroom scissors!

Important phone numbers: Main office 720-424-3930

Attendance Line: 720-424-3954

If you are interested in planning and preparing the classroom Halloween Party, please contact

Please contact our Classroom Parent, Sarah Olney at for details about volunteer for our students for October and November.

Important: Information about background checks for volunteers is available in the Main Office. Please have a visitor's pass when you arrive for your scheduled time.

Important notice: Thank you for reminding your child to leave non-school related items at home. Please check to ensure that there are no toys, or other items not to be brought to school. They become a distraction from learning, and are creating problems for students before, during, and after school, including class time, recess & lunch.

Please notify staff in the main office when you are picking up your child before dismissal or checking your child in after tardy bell to obtain a slip to bring to the classroom. With consideration for instructional needs and continued focus of all other students, please place slip in small yellow pail located near the front door when you arrive. When you check-in with the main office, and a slip is not provided, just share that when you arrive for your child.


This week we will begin Unit 4. Students, please log on to Superkids website for related material to practice.

Reading Phonemic Awareness and Phonics

Pattern Words: Level 3, Unit 4 Spelling Lists:

er- ever never Ends with er

ed -Sounds like d yelled smelled

ed -Sounds like t jumped bumped

ed -Sounds like ed rested tested

Memory Words Level 3, Unit 4 Spelling Lists

For, Look, Your, The, Was, Are

Story words and sequence words. Categorize words. Comprehension: Generate questions to distinguish reality and fantasy.

Recognize plot: Problem and solution Sequence events. Recognize patterns in text. Fluency: Read with natural phrasing. Read rhythmically Writing: Contribute to a group story. Write sentences for connected events.

Writing: In this Unit, we will focus on Opinion Writing.


Students have made a great deal of progress with place value in class, and should continue to practice at home with place value, for now, with ones and tens, using small objects, like paperclips, pennies, or buttons. Our language is how many ones, (for individual units (ones)), and how many tens, (for each group of tens) and WHERE we place these, or write the numbers (tens or ones) determines the VALUE of each digit. Some of the misconceptions were: "If I (student) have 2 groups of tens, I have twenty groups of tens." Instead, 2 groups of tens equals the quantity 20, therefore, the 2 belongs in the TENS place, and the 0 belongs in the ONES place, because I have 0 ones. Finally, students learned that in each place value, only one digit 0-9, is used. Example the number twenty, 20 is not placed in the tens place, or the ones place, but separately, each digit, represents how much we have in the tens, and the ones place, respectively.

1. Understanding and extending the counting sequence, both forward (addition) and backward (subtraction), and build their ability and understanding of larger quantities that numbers above 20 represent. They vary in their ability to accurately count larger quantities, and most know the oral counting sequence to 100, and are able to count "out" a set of 20 objects.

2. Understanding, representing, and solving problems involving addition. They will expand what they've learned to include counting on and counting back is addition, and subtraction, respectively. They will use counting as a strategy for adding/combining two quantities. They will engage in reading and solving story problems, and build their ability to independently understand the operation (+) and develop addition strategies.

3. Understanding, representing, and solving problems involving subtraction. They will continue to develop subtraction strategies, and solve story problems. They are developing fluency with -1/-2 facts. Similar to approaching a solution in addition, they are making sense of what is being asked of them to solve by visualizing, retelling, and thinking logically about whether the result will be more or less.

4. Describing, identifying, and comparing attributes of 2-D shapes. They will be using many mathematical tools throughout the year. It's important that they use them appropriately and responsibly for continued, necessary classroom use for learning. They will focus on identifying various attributes and developing language, both oral and written to compare them.

Vocabulary to support your child at home to talk about time and sequence: First, next, last, before, after, during, and so on.

Vocabulary to support addition: Sum, all together, how many in all?, combine, plus, add, and both.

Vocabulary to support subtraction: Decrease, difference, subtract, take away, less than, left, how many more?, deduct, remain.


What a fantastic job students did planning, preparing, and presenting their Timeline Projects!

Have your child log on for digital access to practice Reading and Math, utilizing the following resources:

Superkids Website​-Thank you for utilizing SuperKids at home. Please visit and select the “School and Parent Log-in” tab at the top right. Then, select the parent tab and login with your username and password. Students know their icon/passwords, once they are in Mrs. Larson's Classroom. While using Superkids, if your child sees any type of assessment, please have them stop. These are to be done at school. In this case, they would log off, and begin this at school. Once they are done with their assessment , their Superkids use will resume as usual.

Please note: If your child attended Southmoor last year, the logon transfers/follows. They may have a new icon/password for 1st grade, however, everything else that you set up last year should be the same.

Your child may begin their adaptive I-Ready Lessons in Math and Reading on the I-Ready Website. First, log into, student will select: log in as a student, then choose Southmoor to be able to enter their DPS Username, their student number, and their Password, their date of birth: mmddyyyy; Finally, using the same credentials, they should be able to access I-Ready reading and math lessons.

Please do not reset password, as they use this digital tool in school.

Spelling assessments are approximately every two weeks, and are aligned with Superkids Instructional Units.

Every child is expected to read daily. Regularly, they should share literacy (Unit) connections, strategies, and skills for further practice. See Unit instructional focus above.

Students prepared and took home (in a ziplock) a new Math game to add to your family game night. This is great ongoing practice!