First Grade News

Highland Park Elementary January 25-29

Our Valentine's party will be on Thursday, February 11th. The students need to make a Valentine box at home to bring to school to collect their Valentine cards.

We are running low on a few supplies. We could use pencils and glue sticks! We would also gladly accept ziploc bag donations--sandwich or gallon size! Thank you!


Spelling Words: by, my, why, try, yes, yell, you, your

Bonus Words: yesterday, yellow, yourself, yawning

Spelling Sentences:

1. I see your dog by the green rug.

2. Why did you yell at my cat?

*Students will need to be able to spell each word as well as all of the words in the sentence correctly on the test.

*The bonus words are optional!


This week in Reading we our continuing our unit on "Using Sensory Images." In this unit, the students will create pictures in their head as they read stories or listen to stories. They will use sensory images to understand the characters, setting and major events in a story. They will use words and illustrations to tell about the setting, characters and major events in a story.


This week in Math we will begin our next unit Place Value of Two-Digit Numbers. In this units students will learn to represent 10 as ten ones and represent two-digit numbers as tens and some ones. They will represent multiple sets of tens using number names. They will be able to determine when a two-digit number is greater than, less than, or equal to another two-digit number.


We have begun our PBL unit on weather. The students are developing schema on weather and how it affects where we live and what we wear and the activities we do. We will also be watching several clips on weather reporting. Our end goal for this unit is for students to give a daily recess weather report for the school each day so students are prepared to go outside.


  • Please continue working on Sight Words! When students are ready to test, please write us a note or send a quick e-mail so we can test them.
  • Practice spelling words
  • Record reading minutes for January
  • Work on addition fluency

Important Dates

January 29-Book Orders Due

February 1-January Reading Logs Due

February 11-Valentine's Party-Bring your Valentine's box

February 12-Early Release Day

February 15-No School