What's Fun in Grade One?

Everything you need to know about First Grade!

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Every day, we will give students a prompt of something they can write about. Students are encouraged to write in a notebook or spiral to keep their work all in one space. On Fridays, we will ask students to choose their favorite page from the week and turn it in. Journal writing is simply a way to encourage writing practice every day. Students are encouraged to refer back to the writing checklist to make sure they are doing their best writing.

This week we will begin talking about the author's purpose when writing a story. To help us remember author's purpose we think of PIE!




Students will begin to recognize the author's purpose for writing the story whenever they are reading.

Phonics pattern this week: r blends (words that begin with fr, gr, br, tr, dr etc.)

Sight words this week: they, too, up, who, yes

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We are beginning our unit on shapes!

This week our focus will be on using 2d shapes to compose new shapes. Students will be asked to use their cut out shapes to fill in patterns and to create new shapes. For example, what are some different ways we can use shapes to make a hexagon?

Students will also practice decomposing shapes. They will look at a larger shape and be able to draw lines to show smaller shapes that could make up a larger shape.

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We are continuing to talk about the wind and how we can use wind to create energy!
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This week we will discuss traditions. We will talk about what it means to have a tradition. We will also talk about traditions that we have for certain occasions and within our family.

We will introduce a new holiday from now until our winter break to expose children to multiple cultures, customs, and traditions. Our focus will be on the winter holidays: Diwali, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. We will continue was Hanukkah this week.

If you have any special items related to these holidays, we would love for the students to share them!

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We will be MAP testing next week (December 7th-12th). Please make sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast in the morning! (Remember: breakfast is still free at school!)

Story Night is Tuesday, December 15th!

(School@Home families- drop by on December 14th from 3-4 to pick up your hot cocoa!)

As it gets colder outside, please send your child with a jacket to school every day! (Make sure the jacket is labeled with your child's name!)

Check out our Sign ups below for our winter "party"!

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You can find our first grade schedule here

The first grade teachers will do their best to respond to your emails and phone calls as quickly as possible. Our planning period is from 1:55-2:45 and we will be available to talk with you most days during that time. We are also usually available after school until 3:30 if you have any questions or concerns.

Parent Information

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A video to show you how to add a document, picture, or video to a Google Classroom Assignment
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A video to help you find returned and graded assignments!
A video to give you a cool down strategy for when your child is frustrated.