We have had a wonderful year in first grade. We hope you have an happy and healthy summer! Summer is a great time for playing and swimming and…reading, of course! Here are some recommended book series that are appropriate for first graders going into second grade:
Levels J & K
Henry and Mudge
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Nate the Great
Arthur (some titles)
Frog and Toad
Young Cam Jansen
Levels L & M
Pinky & Rex
Junie B. Jones
Arthur (some titles)
Nonfiction DK Readers, Reading Alone Level 3
Level N and Up
Magic Tree House
Magic School Bus
Have a safe, healthy and happy summer! Keep reading!
This month first graders prepared for their showcase: Symbols of America. We read informational texts and recorded facts about the American Flag, Statute of Liberty, White House, Liberty Bell, Bald Eagle and Mount Rushmore. After studying these symbols, we practiced presenting our facts and singing patriotic songs in clear voices with expression. Our special performance for our families highlighted everything we had learned in our social studies unit.
In math, students learned that a plane shape is a flat shape and a solid figure is a shape that takes up space. At home, help your child find pictures of shapes in magazines and glue the shapes on a sheet of paper to form a design or picture.
In reading, we learned great readers recognize the difference between realism and fantasy. At home, have your child determine if a book is realistic or fantasy.
This month we celebrated Earth Day. The environmental club assisted the children with an Earth Day craft which showed the children how they could reuse a common household object to create something new.
In reading, we learned readers can get more out of their reading by frequently checking their understanding of the text. At home, practice self-monitoring/self-correcting. After reading a big word, ask “Does it Look Right?”, “Does it Sound Right?”, and “Does it Make Sense”? We also learned a new strategy called visualizing. When we create mental images of what we read, we improve our ability to remember and understand text. At home, create mental images while reading by asking, “How can I imagine what a character looks like?”
In math, the students learned to estimate and measure how long, tall, or short things are. At home, have your child measure different small objects in your house using pennies or paper clips. We also learned to tell time to the hour and half hour. At home, help your child make a schedule of the activities he or she does on a school day. Include the time each activity starts.
First Grade kicked off March by celebrating Read Across America Day. The students enjoyed visits from guest readers and learning about the amazing author, Dr. Seuss.
As readers, we learned to use strategies to keep track of and remember information from a story in order to have a more meaningful reading experience. At home, try keeping track of information by using a graphic organizer, sticky notes, or a bookmark.
In math, we learned how to add and subtract two-digit numbers. At home, provide your child with 29 cubes or other small objects. Have your child show 29 – 17 = 12. Work together to write a related addition sentence.
In social studies, we read biographies of famous women who made important contributions to the world. The students compiled facts in a booklet to take home and share with their families.
In February, we read biographies of famous African-Americans and created a book of facts. The students enjoyed exploring this new genre and creating their own mini-biographies.
In reading, we began to examine informational texts. Students learned that nonfiction books open doors to information about the world and great readers use reading strategies as “keys” to access that information. At home, encourage your child to read nonfiction books.
In math, students learned how to show numbers as tens and ones. At home, count 100 small objects with your child, such as popcorn kernels or pebbles. Work with your child to arrange the objects in groups of 10. Glue the groups of 10 in place on craft sticks, index cards, or construction paper.
January has been a busy month. We learned all about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and brainstormed ways we can keep his dream alive today by solving our problems peacefully.
In reading, we learned most stories have similar elements, such as a main character, setting, and a plot that involves resolving a problem. Good readers learn to recognize and ask questions about this basic “story grammar.” At home, encourage your child to recognize the characters and setting of a fiction story. Ask, What problem does the main character have in this story?
In math, children learned different ways to count to 120. At home, give your child 20 small objects, such as pennies. Count the objects with your child. Then guide him or her to make two groups of 10. Have your child count by 10’s. Give your child 30 or 40 objects. Have him or her group the objects and count by 10’s, 5's and 2's.
This month, we shared our families’ different holiday traditions and customs and practiced with Mrs. Delaney for our school sing-a-long.
In math, we learned different ways to solve addition facts with sums up to 20. At home, write the numbers 1 through 12 on small pieces of paper. Put them in a bag. Have your child pull out a number and tell you whether they can make a doubles fact that would have that number as a sum.
In reading, we learned that good readers connect what they read to their own lives and to other books. At home, practice making connections. Ask your child, What experiences in your own life does this story make me think of? or How does this book remind you of another book you have read?
This month, we discussed what we are most thankful for. We also became geologists as we worked on our science investigations. In math, we learned to show numbers on a ten-frame and as parts of ten. We also explored different ways to add and subtract numbers with sums and differences within 12. In reading, we discovered how to use a book’s title, pictures, and words as clues to help predict what we might read in a text. At home, practice making predictions by reading the title and looking at the pictures on the cover. We also learned to be curious and ask questions about books in order to be active readers. At home, encourage your child to ask questions about a book’s title and pictures.
October was a productive month in First Grade! The children are becoming more and more independent each day. Here are some highlights from the month:
We look forward to the coming months and sharing our families’ holiday traditions.
September has been an exciting month in first grade. Students have learned their routines and are beginning to develop Good Habits in reading with our reading program, Good Habits, Great Readers. Using the five-finger rule, the children have been practicing choosing “just right” books by looking for books that are hard enough to learn new things, but easy enough for them to understand and enjoy. At home, please continue to create structures and routines to support reading at home.
Welcome to First Grade!
Welcome to First Grade!
First grade is a special time for every child. It is exciting to watch each student grow by leaps and bounds. Together, we will work hard to boost your child’s reading, writing and math skills. We will also expand their knowledge of familiar topics, as well as explore new ones, in social studies and science.
Here are a few things you need to know as we kick off the new school year:
Please remember to send in a healthy snack each day for your child. Order forms for snack milk will be distributed monthly, you may choose to order milk or send in a drink from home. Children eat while listening to a story each morning. Snacktime typically lasts 10-15 minutes.
Each month you will receive the lunch menu for School #2. Please review with your child each morning their choices so they are prepared to order at school. This saves a lot of time and allows us to begin our lessons promptly.
Specials for the 2016-2017 School Year:
Monday: Library (Please remember to return your books on time!)
Thursday: Gym (Please remember to wear sneakers.)
Friday: Gym (Please remember to wear sneakers.)
You can call or email me, but please keep in mind the best way to relay an important message is by sending a note in your child’s folder. This is especially true for any changes to your child’s dismissal routine.
Phone: To leave me a phone message, dial (201) 585-4630 ext. 2617
These charts contain common vowel and consonant sounds young students need to practice to boost their reading and spelling skills.
Resources for motivating young writers.
Resources to help improve your child's spelling.
Tips for improving reading skills.
Math drills for increasing speed and accuracy.
Weekly Homework Paper