First Grade

Welcome to First Grade!

I am so excited to welcome you to first grade! We are going to have a great year!

Contact Information: Danielle O'Connor

Specials Schedule:

A Day: Phys. Ed.

B Day: Library & FLES

C Day: Art

D Day: Music

First Grade

March Newsletter

Reading and Writing

This month first grade students will continue utilizing the reading comprehension strategy of visualizing, helping them better understand and remember stories. Students will be asked to both draw and write about what they visualized while reading or listening to text. They will also learn how to refer back to the book to identify what words in the text helped them to form this mental image. Conversely, students begin to see that writers make specific word choices to help their readers visualize. During writing lessons students will be learning to tell more by using vivid verbs, strong adjectives, feeling words, and dialogue to help their readers visualize what they intended. While we will begin to introduce opinion writing, we continue to incorporate non-fiction text into whole class and small group instruction.


In math students will continue to work on geometry as they draw 2-D shapes and build 3-D shapes. To further develop their critical thinking skills, students will use two or more geometric shapes to create a new composite shape or figure. In this unit, students will also begin to explore ways to split shapes into equal parts or shares as a foundation for understanding fractions. Students will learn that there is often more than one way to split a shape into equal parts and will learn to describe the parts as halves, thirds, fourths, and quarters and to read and write the fraction notation.

Social Studies

In social studies we will be studying town and community and learning about the important roles that each community member plays as well as important community buildings and services. We will also be discussing the difference between goods and services as well as wants and needs.

Homework Reminder

Please remember to turn in reading homework bags on Friday and to turn in math homework sheets as they are completed. Thank you for your continued support!

Important Dates:

March 8th- Early Dismissal for Professional Development

March 9th- No School For Students- Professional Development Day

March 22nd & 23rd- Early Dismissal For Parent Teacher Conferences

March 30th- No School for Good Friday