Crittenden's Corner

Weekly Updates from Room 158

Dates to Remember

*December 20-January 4- Winter Break! Happy Holidays! Enjoy Time with your family and friends!

*Monday, January 5- Students come back to school

*Tuesday, January 6- PTO General Board Meeting in the Media Center (6-7:00 PM)

*Thursday, January 8- Winter Concert (Rescheduled Date)

*Friday, January 9- SPIRIT DAY: Claxton Colors

*Monday, January 12- Family Night at Hillcrest (5:30-7:00 PM)

*Friday, January 16- Optional Teacher Workday - NO STUDENTS

*Monday, January 19- HOLIDAY- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, January 23- SPIRIT DAY: Twin Day!

Upcoming Birthdays

* January 2- Da'Naysia Franks

*January 29- Katelyn Hathcock

I hope you have Happy Holidays! Be safe traveling and enjoy time with your family and friends! :)

Mystery Reader Fridays

I need your help! The kids have really enjoyed having a mystery reader on Friday afternoons for our read aloud. They get so excited as I give them clues throughout the day of who it might be and their reactions to who it is have been priceless! I need volunteers for mystery readers for the month of January, starting January 9th! Our read aloud time is from 2:15-2:20 on Fridays! You can either bring a book (or books) from home or I can provide them for you! Please help me keep this tradition alive by following the link to sign up for Mystery Reader spots for the month of January! Just type your name in the slot that you would like and indicate if you will bring books from home or if I need to pick them :) :

What We are Learning in First Grade

Math- The first week in January, we will be working on non-standard measurement. This is such a fun unit for the kids! They will be learning about units of measurement (baby feet, basketball player feet and craft sticks), and they will learn that each unit of measurement provides us with a different length of an object.

Reading- We will be focusing on story elements (character, problem/solution, setting, main events) and we will also be working on written responses to their reading! I will be teaching them to look back in the book for the information that supports what they think about the book. This is a critical skill to have for reading comprehension. You could even have your child practice at home by asking them a question (who are the characters in the story?) and having them physically find where in the book the characters are described. We will be practicing this skill throughout the month of January.

Fundations- We will be testing for Unit 7 the week we get back from holiday break. This unit has been all about glued sounds (ANG, ING, ONG, UNG, ANK, INK, ONK, UNK) and also pairing the suffix -s with words with glued sounds. In Unit 8, we will be focusing on the difference between a blend and a digraph in words.

Writing- We will be learning to write information or all about books this month in writing :)

Social Studies- We will be learning about a variety of things this month. We will be focusing back in on our country we are helping with the Heifer Project (Ukraine), as well as studying national holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Science- I am SO excited about science for the month of January. Students will be learning about the moon, the sun and the earth and the relationship between all three of them. We will be completing moon journals, studying the sun and it's effect on Earth. The kids always have a great time with this unit! :)