Ms. Lucken's First Grade Friends

Thoughts, Reminders, and Oops I Forgots

Ready, set, go! We will race through February with a HUGE list of exciting events. Check out all the dates below.

Thanks to the 4 families who already sent an extra ream of paper. If you have not done so, please do!

Also, we are out of snacks. I need every student to bring one LARGE box of snacks to share with the class. Please be cautious of the peanut / tree nut allergies in our room. We have a gluten sensitivity too, so if your family is familiar with gluten free snacks and can afford to purchase them, it is appreciated. Good gluten free ideas include most Chex and Cheerio cereals, & pre-popped popcorn. There are 20 kids in class

If anyone is willing to send an additional item, any of the following would be appreciated:

Please text me, so families do not send duplicates.

Black and White Penguin Snack for Fridays (shhhh it is a secret)

black licorce

pre-popped white popcorn

1 gallon vanilla ice cream

1 container chocolate syrup

Solid, liquid, gas floats for Friendship Celebration (shhhh it is a secret)

1 gallon vanilla ice cream

1 2 liter bottle of Crush Cherry soda

24 clear plastic cups

24 plastic spoons

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the newsletter. We are starting a mind boggling unit on place value. If your kiddo is logging in to technology, there is a link to IXL. This is a great place to practice math, especially over spring break!

Thanks in advance,

Jen and Matt

Lucken's Students Love Learning (website)

I am hoping to add pictures from science, our friendship and 100th day celebrations, and other learning activities. I typically do so early on Sunday mornings....so check back each week!

Important Dates

  • Monday, Feb. 1st - January Homework Squares Due
  • Friday, Feb.5th - Dress Like a Penguin (wear black and white) & Scholastic Book Order Due
  • Thursday, Feb. 11th - 100 Day of School Celebration from 1:15 - 2:30 / Evening Conferences & Book Fair Starts in the Media Center
  • Friday, Feb. 12th - Friendship Celebration 1:15 - 2:30 & Dress like a Twin (our class will wear navy blue, red & white ...so we all look like twins)
  • Monday, Feb. 15th - No School / President's Day
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16th - Evening Conferences
  • Friday, Feb. 19th - Wear a hat and scarf day
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17th - Apollo Football Players visit and read
  • Friday, Feb. 26th - Wear animal print or camoflage
  • Thursday, Feb. 3rd - Read my shirt day & Westwood Family Night (5:30 - 7)
  • Tuesday, March 1st - Yearbook Orders Due
  • Friday, March 4th - First Grade Concert (10 - 10:40 am in the large gym)

Bring your library books every Friday!

Online Scholastic Book Order

Book orders need to be complete by Friday, Feb. 5th.


  • Read a minimum of 10 minutes daily (PAKRAT, library, or personal books)
  • Complete one homework square five days per week. If you need an additional copy, they can be accessed from the weebly website link below. These activities are created to help your child meet the monthly academic goals below.

Social and Emotional Goals

  • Use a strong, clear speaking voice when speaking to the class (this is proving to be a challenge)
  • Use breaks to fix minor behaviors and return to the learning area with a positive / engaged attitude
  • Accept redirection and consequences when needed
  • Reflect on choices and make plans to be more successful
  • Set your own personal and academic goals

Language Arts Goals

  • Follow words from left to right
  • Read and write your name
  • Name all 26 uppercase and lowercase letters, and give the correct sound
  • Put words in alphabetical order
  • Read new high frequency words. Students should have mastered first 100 list by March. I'll have new copies at conferences. I'll also have the 2nd 100 words for those who are ready!
  • Read contractions, such as: that's, it's, etc. Understand that it means that is.
  • Recognize s can mean plural (more than one), a contraction (that's), or possessive (Ms. Lucken's class).
  • Recognize and produce rhyming words
  • Count (can = 1 syllable), blend, and segment the syllables in words (/c/a/n/ = can)
  • Read and write one syllable / 3 letter words
  • Read one syllable words with double endings (fill, mitt, buzz, etc)
  • Hear and identify words that have same beginning, middle or ending sounds
  • Hear, identify and read 4 letter words with blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, sn, sm, sk, sc, sp, st, sw, br, cr, fr, gr, dr, pr, tr
  • Hear, identify, and sound out words using all of the following end blends: nd, nk, nt, mp, sk, st.
  • Hear, identify, and read words with beginning and ending digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ph, and qu.
  • Read words that contain the chunk ing.
  • Identify vowels. Apply vowel rules to reading and writing new words. For example: super e at the end of a word changes the vowel from the short to the long sound. When two vowels are side by side, the first one often says its long name.
  • Read a grade appropriate book.
  • Use graphic organizers to demonstrate your understanding of the text/book you have read
  • Write a sentence that has been dictated to you. Use a capital letter for the beginning, dates, and names. Use the appropriate punctuation mark. Spell high frequency words correctly.
  • Write a sentences using commas to make a list.
  • Use a graphic organizer to plan your writing.
  • Write a personal narrative (a story about yourself). Use 3 sentences. 1 for beginning, 1 for middle, 1 for end.
  • Write an opinion. Tell what you like. Tell 3 reasons you like it.
  • Collect information from a text. Use the information you have gathered to write your own informational text.

Math Goals

  • I can name 10 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black, brown)
  • I can name 8 shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, rhombus (diamond), trapezoid, & hexagon
  • I can build and extend patterns
  • I can read and write numbers to 50
  • Add numbers between 0 - 20
  • Write addition number sentences; 1+1 = 2
  • Find multiple ways to make sums for numbers 1-10
  • Draw pictures to solve addition number stories
  • Use counting on as a strategy for solving addition problems (7 + 2 = .....7, 8,9....=9)
  • Use a number line to complete addition problem
  • Memorize doubles facts (1+1 = 2, 2+2=4, 3+3= 6, etc.)
  • Use doubles facts to add a double plus 1 (since 1 +1 = 2, I know 1+2 = 3)
  • Make ten to solve addition problems (8 +7 is the same as 8+2 = 10 + 5 = 15)
  • Determine whether a number sentence is true or false
  • Use objects to solve for the missing part / addend (7+___=10)
  • Developing fact fluency; especially problems involving +0 and +1
  • Addition vocabulary: part + part = whole, the answer in an addition problem is MORE, we call that answer the sum, = means one side of the number sentence is the same as the other side of the number sentence.
  • Subtract numbers from 20.
  • Write subtraction number sentences: 5 - 4 = 1
  • Solve simple subtraction stories by drawing a picture.
  • Use counting back as a strategy for solving addition problems (7 - 2 = .....7, 6, = 5)
  • Use a number line to complete subtraction problems
  • Use doubles facts to subtract (since 7 +7 = 14, then 14 - 7 = 7).
  • Make ten to solve subtraction problems (16 - 9 .....10 - 3 = 7).
  • Use related facts / fact families (6+7 = 13, 7+6=13, 13 - 6 = 7, 13 - 7 = 6).
  • Use subration to solve for the missing part / addend (7+___=10, is the same as 10 - 7 = 3)
  • Determine if a subtraction number sentence is true or false.
  • Subtraction means if you know the whole, and one of the parts, you can figure out the other part: whole - part = part.
  • The answer is a subtraction problem is called the difference.
PLACE VALUE (starting Feb. 8th)
  • Count foward by 10s to 100
  • Identify the One's Place
  • Identify the 10's Place
  • Add 10s (4 tens + 2 tens = 40 + 20 = 60) How does knowing 4 +2 = 6 help you know that 40 + 20 = 60?
  • Tell a number that is 10 more than any given number (10 more that 32 is 42)
  • Count on using tens and ones (lll... = 10, 20, 30, 31, 32, 33)
  • Complete 2 digit addition (43 + 10 = 53)
  • Solve addition story problems involving 2 digit addition)
  • Add using regrouping
  • Count back by 10s from 100
  • Subtract using 10s (60 - 40 = 20) How does knowing 6 - 4 = 2 help you know that 60 - 40 = 20?
  • Related Additional and Subtraction 10s Facts (if 20+30 = 50, then 50 - 30 = 20)
IXL Math Practice

Any of the math activities in grade 1 are excellent choices. The following are directly connected to our Place Value math objectives / processes: I.1, I.2, I.3, I.4, I.5, B.24, B.25, B.26, D.18, D.19, & D.20

Science Goals

We are currently having a great time studying Matter. We will finish Matter about Feb. 12th.

• Common matter is solid, liquid, and gas.

• Solid matter has definite shape.

• Liquid matter has definite volume.

• Gas matter has neither definite shape nor volume and expands to fill containers.

• Intrinsic properties of matter can be used to organize objects (e.g., color, shape).

Social Studies Goals

We are looking at Now (present) & Then (past) This will be a graded unit. It meets the following standards:

  • Asking historical questions (such as: When was I born? What was the same as today? What was different then today?)
  • Compare and contrast family life from the past with family life from today
  • Compare and contrast buildings and technologies from the past and today

Contact Information

Jennifer Lucken

252-1350 x5370