Mrs. Nelson's 1st Grade News!

Week of December 7th

Important Notes For This Week!

Below are some of the most important things for you to keep in mind this week!

-Tomorrow, December 8th, is the 1st grade program! I will be here, hope to see you guys at 7PM. :)

-Please remember to help your child keep up with and record their 100 weekly reading minutes in their folder! Remember they can read the baggy book they bring home every day as well as any other reading material. Reading to them counts as well!

- As stated in the email that went out this afternoon, homework for this week will come home tomorrow, along with the party note. :) The spelling words are listed below though.

-Winter Party: Friday, December 18th from 2:00-3:00. You can view a copy of the letter below, but each class is in charge of bringing refreshments/snacks in a specific color. Our color is GREEN! You can use your imagination to come up with a snack in this color to share at out "Rainbow Feast"! Items need to be sent, already cut, sliced, and washed (if needed) in a throw away container by Wednesday, December 16th. Items that need to be refrigerated need to be sent on the morning of Friday, December 18th. If you are able to volunteer, please arrive at 1:30PM on the 18th. :)

-Folders: Please remember to sign folders nightly. :)

-"Graded Work"- Please look through your child's folder nightly and discuss any work that does come home. We are now at the point of writing at least 4 solid complete sentences. We are focusing on a topic sentence, 2 details, and then a closing/ending. If there is a paper marked "unfinished", please discuss using working time wisely. :) You will also notice some work with the stamp "corrected" on it. If you see this, it was discussed and then given back to your child to try again. If the content is still incorrect, please take this opportunity to discuss the work with your child. :)

- As we begin to enter November now, we are really focusing on improving our behavior at school since our stamina is also improving. Please remember to discuss any behavior notes, etc. that you see come home with your kiddos. I always appreciate your support!

~Mrs. Nelson

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts:

- identifying and reading high frequency words

- decoding words

- forming letters (handwriting)

- writing legibly

- matching sounds to letters

- writing

- story comprehension, story structure, and retelling a story (beginning, middle, and end), summarizing, main idea, author's purpose, retelling, and plot! We are also starting to talk about making predictions as we read.

- diagraphs (th, ch, sh, wh)

- review of long and short vowel sounds (a, i, o, and u).

- verbs (past and future tense)


- 3D shapes and their attributes (finishing unit)

- Adding and subtracting with unknowns as part of the problem

- Adding and subtracting with the strategy of making 10 to help make adding and subtracting larger number easier

- Review of addition and subtraction strategies

- We will be adding more and more word problems to our studies of addition and subtraction

Science/Social Studies:

- constructing a calendar

- Christmas Around the World!

Spelling/Sight Words

You will notice these overlap a little, that is for a reason. :) We are also focusing on the diagraphs (th, ch, wh, sh)


1. stuck

2. cluck

3. pluck

4. stun

5. run

6. fun

7. little

8. how

9. does

10. your

11. after

12. more

Sight Words: (Please add these to the baggy for continued practice. :)

1. little

2. how

3. does

4. your

5. after

6. more

Upcoming Events... please check below for due dates, etc.

Collecting Toys For Tots

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

This runs through December 5th

Spelling Test/Spelling Homework Due

Friday, Dec. 11th, 12am

Mrs. Nelson's Room

This includes the reading passage and math homework page.

1st Grade Music Program

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 7pm

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

1st Grade Winter Party (Rainbow Feast)

Friday, Dec. 18th, 2-3pm

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Rainbow Feast (non refrigerated items) Due

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Rainbow Feast (refigerated items) Due- please have here in the morning

Friday, Dec. 18th, 8am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX