What's Fun in Grade One?

Everything you need to know about First Grade!

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During writing, we will be working on writing personal narratives as a class. Students will learn to plan a story by mapping out the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Then they will practice putting it together and editing it before writing a final copy.

Our reading comprehension focus will be on making connections with our text. When students make a connection with the text, that means the text is reminding them about something. They can make connections with other stories and they can make a connection with the story by connecting it to something that has happened in their life.

Sight words for the week: of, old, pretty, some, thing

Phonics pattern: l blends (words that begin with bl-, pl-, sl- etc.)

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We will finish our unit on subtraction this week!

We will talk about fact families and discuss how addition and subtraction are related.

We will also talk about solving subtraction word problems and what are the key words that we can look for to help us know that we will need to solve the problem using subtraction.

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Science and Social Studies will be combined into what we call "I&I" time. I&I stands for Innovation and Inquiry!

We will finish our unit by talking about animals and the physical characteristics that help them survive in their habitat. For example, snow hares who have white fur, or animals that use claws to dig holes.

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During our "circle time" in the mornings, we will be focusing on different social emotional skills. This week our focus will be on positive self-talk to help students remain focused and ready to learn.

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Breakfast and Lunch will continue to be free for students!

Please be mindful of the weather and send your child to school with a light jacket if it will be cool outside. We go outside every day unless the temperature is below 32 degrees or it is raining.

Make sure all of your child's cold weather clothes are labeled!

Friday, November 19th will be pajama day!

Thanksgiving break will be from November 22-26th.

Science Fair will be Tuesday, January 11th. Blue forms will go home this week; if you would like for your child to participate in the science fair, please sign that form and return it to your child's teacher.


We will have students complete one math sheet each week and do one spelling activity each week for homework. Students will receive a "choice board" for their spelling homework for the entire month. They only need to turn in one activity each week, but the other options would be fun ways to continue practicing at home throughout the week!

Math homework will be sent home on Tuesday nights and we will have students practice their spelling every Thursday night (though you are welcome to practice on other nights of the week as well!)

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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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