First Grade News

April 2019

Dates to Remember

May 10-Two hour early dismissal

May 23-Schools closed for Memorial Day

June 7-Field Trip to Catoctin Nature Center

June 14-Field Day

June 19-Last Day of School for Students

Please remember to check your child's green folder each Thursday for important papers.

Word Study

  • blends-br/dr/cr, bl/cl/fl, etc.
  • digraphs-ch, th, sh, wh
  • review of short vowel sounds
  • adding "magic e" to make words with long vowel sounds-changing "not" to "note", i.e.
  • vowel teams-ai, ay, ee, ea, etc.
  • continued work with beginning and ending sounds
  • open and closed syllables (me, hi, no are open/met, him, not are closed)

Ways to Work with Your Student at Home

  • Use sidewalk chalk to practice sounds/words.
  • Notice sound patterns listed above as you listen to your child read nightly.
  • Focus your student's attention on the beginning sounds, beginning blends and digraphs, in words by finding pictures or objects that begin with the same sound (e.g., “‘Baseball’ and ‘boy.’ They both start with B.”)
  • Clap hands to illustrate each syllable in song lyrics heard on the radio or television, or to the student's favorite songs. In this activity, the parent says each word slowly, segmenting it into syllables.


  • digraphs-

  • long and short vowel sort-


We are excited to begin our next writing unit! Students will be using what they know about stories we've read and writing their own stories. Writers will create their own characters. They will use feelings, dialogue and actions to make their characters come alive. Stories will also include settings, problems and solutions. In addition, we will be working on writing complete sentences with capitalization, punctuation and handwriting skills-leaving spaces between words and working to form letters correctly. As part of our listening and speaking routines, classmates offer compliments to writers after sharing. First graders are proud of their writing pieces and love to share!

Ways to Work with Your Student at Home

  • Give your child a special time and place to write. With the beautiful weather, your child may enjoy writing outside in the grass or on the porch!
  • Encourage your child to create his own character and have the character go to a favorite place your family enjoys. This could be the beginning of a great story!


In quarter 4, we are reading and comprehending non-fiction texts. We began by noticing the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will ask and answer questions about non-fiction texts, use context clues to find word meaning and practice using illustrations/photographs and other text features to understand what is being read. We will also use what is directly stated in the text and what we know about a topic to make inferences/draw conclusions as we read.

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home

Reading to your child and listening to your child read nightly are the very best ways to help your child as a reader!

After reading non-fiction texts with your child, have her tell you what she learned from the text and text features (photos, captions, table of contents, glossary, etc.).


First Grade classes are enthusiastic about our Living Things science unit! We have observed seeds and will plant seeds in terrariums, observing the life cycle of plants. Students have also identified plant parts and how these features help plants survive. Ask your student to tell you about observing ant farms and what they have learned just by watching these little creatures work so hard. We will be learning about animals, including ants, and how their features help them survive in their environment.

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home

  • Go for a walk with your child-around your neighborhood, or in your own backyard-and look closely at plants and identify their parts. Notice how these plants and their parts are the same and different.

  • As you eat fruits and vegetables, talk about seeds you might find and identify the part of the plant you are eating (broccoli is a flower, celery is a stem, carrots are roots, etc.).


Unit 10 Goals

  • Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions.
  • Add and subtract within 20, demonstrate fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8+6 = 8+2+4 = 10+4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13-4 = 13-3-1 = 10-1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8+4 = 12, one knows 12-8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6+7 by creating the known equivalent 6+6+1 = 12+1 = 13).
  • Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example. which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6. 7 = 8-1, 5+2 = 2+5, 4+1 = 5+2
  • Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8+? = 11, 5 = __ - 3, 6+6 = ___.
  • Add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number, and adding a two-digit number and a multiple of 10
  • Subtract multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 from multiples of 10 in the range 10-90.

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home