Flying Through First: 1J

Recap of March

Welcome Denzel Smith!

We wish Mattison Rodgers, our previous EA good luck in her new job!

Denzel Smith joined us after Spring Break, as our new EA. Mr. Smith holds a Masters in Education and has great experience with elementary aged students. We look forward to working with him!

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Our first grade readers are almost second grade readers! Our students are making great connections with phonics and comprehension, in order to read proficiently in small group!

In March, we:

- Identified the main idea of informational and fiction text, providing details from the story as evidence.

- Drew conclusions about informational and fiction text, providing details from the story.

- Identified cause and effect in text, providing details from the story.

- Identified and described story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution OR beginning, middle, end) , providing details from the story.

As you or your child read together, feel free to ask questions about these comprehension topics, if it matches the story.


Many math topics are also coming together, as the spiral curriculum comes to the end of the year. Small group math instruction and differentiated centers allow for engaging and hands-on math experiences!

In March, we:

- Continued learning and reviewing addition and subtraction strategies, to solve word problems and simple math equations.

- Some strategies have been outlined in the Math Home Links. Others have been practiced in class. Strategies include, doubles facts, doubles plus 1, doubles plus 2, fact triangles, using a number line, and using the number grid.

- Counting on is the strategy where students start with the higher number in their head and fingers to find the sum; for example, 7 + 4, put 7 in your head. Count on 4 fingers: 8, 9, 10, 11.

- Told time to the quarter hour. Telling time to the nearest hour and half hour are first grade standards. We practice telling time to the quarter hour as a second grade preview.

- Continued to practice counting by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's.

- Identified the quarter and practiced counting with all coins. When counting money, encourage your child to start with the highest value first, and then work his/her way to the lowest value. Students count money by using their knowledge of 5's and 10's counting.

- Identified ways to represent a number; for example, you can represent 12 using 12 tallies, writing subtraction/addition facts to equal 12 (10+2), and representing 12 using base ten blocks (one ten stick and 2 ones).

- Continued to review the commutative property. If 6 +4 = 10, then 4 + 6 = 10.

- Identified 2D shapes and described their attributes (size, shape, color).


Your writers have successfully written Ocean Animal Informational Books! They are proudly hanging in our hallway. We worked hard to include an introduction, detailed facts, and a conclusion. Researching the animal, creating a graphic organizer, sketching information, and completing the writing process to produce their book, was an enduring task!

In April, we have kicked off our Opinion Writing Unit. In this unit we will identify our favorite collection piece, provide reasons about why it is our favorite, and extend those reasons with specific details. We will use specific keywords to describe our opinion and recognize that others can have different opinions than we do.

We work hard to include finger spaces, correct capitalization, and punctuation in our writing.

We continue to use what we learn from Fundations to stretch out words and appropriately use short vowel sounds, digraphs (sh, wh, th, ch), glued sounds (am, all, an, ing, ong, ang, ung, ink, ank, unk, and onk), and blends (fl, sl, cl, etc.).