First Grade Newsletter

Welcome to First Grade!

First Grade Teachers

Patricia Balderas- patricia.balderas@pisd.edu

Ashley Stein- ashley.stein@pisd.edu

Natalie Cox- natalie.cox@pisd.edu

Mindy Molina- mindy.molina@pisd.edu

Angeli Lu- angeli.lu@pisd.edu

Important Dates!

October 5th-Fire Safety Clowns visit

October 12th- Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 12th- Student Holiday

Language Arts/ Social Studies

Our goal this unit is for students to be able to independently use their learning to…

● Read and comprehend a variety of texts written for different purposes.

● Communicate ideas effectively in writing and orally to suit a particular audience and purpose.

● Evaluate and synthesize ideas and information.

● Participate as an informed citizen of a democracy.


We have been working hard! These are the different Language Arts and Social Studies skills your child will be learning this unit. Each student will know:


● upper and lower case letters.

● words can be manipulated into new words.

● different genres have different text structures.

● different resources to find correct spellings within classroom.

● characteristics of good citizenship.

● rules in home, school, and community.

● symbols that represent American beliefs


Language Arts Critical Vocabulary:

  • beginning
  • blend
  • end
  • exclamation mark
  • feeling
  • fiction
  • middle
  • nonfiction
  • period
  • plot
  • poem
  • question mark
  • rhyme
  • sequence
  • sequence of events


Social Studies Critical Vocabulary:

  • anthem
  • citizenship
  • motto
  • respect
  • responsibility
  • symbol
  • truthfulness


Critical Documents, Symbols, and Events:

  • Alamo
  • Constitution Day
  • Liberty Bell
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Pledge to the Texas Flag
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Texas flag
  • United States flag

Science


We have enjoyed being Scientists in first grade! We have been working with Students to understand that....


• science begins with asking a question; engineering begins with defining a problem.

• scientists and engineers carefully record their thinking and work.

• observations can be made using the five senses or from media and should be repeated for accuracy.

• observations and ideas can be communicated through drawings, numbers, and words.

• tools are used to enhance observations and are selected carefully based on the question to be answered or the problem to be solved.

• an investigation is a quest to find the answer to a question.


Critical Vocabulary:

• observation

• prediction

Math

We have enjoyed getting to know our math flex classes! Here are some skills we will be working on with your child.


Students will know …


  • that quantities can be determined without counting (– subitizing.)
  • that a group of numbers represents a quantity.
  • that objects and pictoral models can be used to solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • addition and subtraction sentences can be used to show parts of a whole.
  • the meaning of subtraction (missing addend, separating from a whole, comparing quantities).
  • the meaning of addition (joining, part-part-whole).
  • the relationship between one quantity and another quantity can be an equality or inequality relation.
  • addition is commutative.


Critical Vocabulary:

  • addition
  • subtraction
  • addend
  • part
  • whole
  • sum
  • difference
  • value
  • equations
  • expression

We look forward to a wonderful first grade year!