Mrs. Nelson's 1st Grade News!

Week of December 14th

Important Notes For This Week!

Well... we made it to the week before break! HA. I worked all weekend planning a lot of fun educational activities this week that I think the kiddos are going to really enjoy! Today we did a book study on "The Gingerbread Man Loose at School". We talked about character traits, retelling, describing words, and more! This year I have planned a "theme" for each day to keep the kiddos excited and engaged. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did planning it all! There are some important reminders that you will want to look over below as always! :)

-This Friday, December 18th, is now an early release day. You will need to make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 11:20.

- Our Winter Party will now be held from 9:30-10:30 in the cafeteria on Friday due to the new early release schedule. A note also came home with your child about this today. If you would like to come, please fill out the form that came today to make the check-in process as smooth as possible! Please still plan to have all GREEN colored goodies in by Wednesday, December 16th. If your item needs to be refrigerated, you may bring that the morning of December 18th. We are the only class doing GREEN, so lets not disappoint! :)

- Since Friday is a school day, just early release, lunches will be distributed at 10AM. I would highly suggest you send a snack lunch with your kiddos as parties will be going on and I doubt they will want to leave, or even be hungry at that time. :) Remember, they will have just had a "Rainbow Feast"! :)

-Holiday Dress: Here is a reminder for the rest of the week....

Tuesday: Holiday hats, headbands, or scarves

Wednesday: Ugly sweaters

Thursday: Pajama Day (this is also a college shirt day, but we will be doing a whole Polar Express day, so pajamas will be the most fun!) :)

Friday: Favorite Holiday Character or Red/Green Shirts

- Just a reminder... there is NO homework this week, as well as NO spelling test! :)

-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! If you turn the reading log you used over from last week, you will see all the new dates! :)

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

-"Graded Work"- This week will be a little more sporadic due to the activities I have planned, etc. :) 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 December 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

A little sneak peek at out gingerbread fun!

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.

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

- verbs tenses (past, present, future)

- We are really starting to "chunk" words we don't know in order to help us sound them out. This basically means we look for parts we know; word families, blends, diagraphs, etc.


- Adding and subtracting with unknowns as part of the problem. This is a hard part for a lot of the kiddos. Practice, practice, practice if you can at home. Unknown problems looks like this....

Addition Examples: 2 + 3 = ? (This is called result unknown), 2 + ? = 7 (This is called change unknown), ? + 5 = 9 (This is called start unknown)

Subtraction: Subtracting with unknowns is exactly the same, except students have to find the missing number (addend) of the related addition fact! This is a hard concept, but the kiddos ARE getting it!

So.... if you have 7 - 3 = ?, you could change it to an addition fact of 3 + ? = 7 (largest number goes last in addition) and them solve for the missing number, which would also be the answer for the subtraction problem. Clear as mud?!?! Ha... I just wanted to give a little insight! :)

- 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:

- Continuation of ELA activities this week. :)

Spelling/Sight Words

No spelling words this week... BUT we are still going to be reviewing the following sight words in class as well as the "ash" and "ump" word families.

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

1. school

2. away

3. today

4. way

5. any

6. old

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

1st Grade Winter Party (Rainbow Feast)

Friday, Dec. 18th, 9:30-10:30am

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

Polar Express Day

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Wear your pajamas and prepare for a fun filled day of both learning and fun! :)