First Grade Newsletter

January 2016

Important Dates

  • Jan. 15: End of 2nd Quarter
  • Jan. 18: No School- MLK Day
  • Jan. 19: No School- Teacher Workday
  • Jan. 28: Delayed Opening
  • Jan. 29: Report Cards go home


In math we just started a unit on measurement. First graders learn to measure in non-standard units, such as paperclips, markers, and cubes. Students experience the importance of measuring objects from end-to-end with no gaps or overlaps between units of measurement. We will be recording our measurements in charts and tables and comparing lengths of various objects.

Mid-January, we will start a unit on 2-D shapes. Students identify, name, build, and draw shapes based on their defining attributes. They will compose 2-D shapes from 2 smaller shapes and partition circles and rectangles into equal shares.


First grade readers have started a new unit of study in reading. Over the next few weeks we will become experts at reading non-fiction books and doing research in non-fiction. We will begin by exploring non-fiction books. We will name the features of non-fiction books such as table of contents, glossary, and photographs. We will learn how these features help us to read non-fiction.


We are starting the new year with non-fiction writing! We are learning about a type of non-fiction called "All About". These writings teach about topics using not only writing but text features such as diagrams, headings, and adding a glossary. We will see books and informational text with these features during our study of the Day and Night sky.

While exploring this type of writing, the children will also learn to write a non-fiction All About book that contains text features. We have just started choosing the topics and will be launching the book writing soon. Ask your child about their topic and to share all about it!


We have officially begun an exciting new PBL Science Unit: Features and Patterns of the Day and Night Sky. We will be exploring the sun and the moon, and how they work together to cause day and night for us here on earth. The students will be able to identify features of the day and night sky, and be able to recognize how the moon's appearance changes (the phases of the moon) and why these changes occur. They will eventually be using the information they have learned to create a nonfiction book to teach others about these topics.