Stremelstein's Classroom News

Mrs. Himelstein & Ms. Stremel- First Grade Room 202

February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day -On Thursday, February 11th, the students will be able to pass out their Valentine Cards. A couple of friendly reminders: Please NO edible Valentines (no candy, sweets, food, drinks) and please have your child make 24 Valentine Cards. One for each child in the class. A helpful hint......have your child only sign his/her name on the card and leave the TO: _________ blank. This makes it much easier for the students to pass out the cards. :) Thank you for your help in making our class Valentine's day successful.

Dates to Calendar

2/12 & 2/15 No School: President's Day & Washington's Birthday

2/19 Flag Salute: Athlete of the Month

2/26 Student of the Month-Respect, Soaring Eagle, Math Award


  • Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas or pieces of information in a text.
  • Identify basic similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g. in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Phonics Skills:

  • Long a vowel teams ai, ay

Word Families:

  • _ai
  • _ay

Spelling Words of the Week: Word Wall Words, Word family Words and Challenge Words

Word Wall Words: any, around, from, good, how

Word Family Words: brain, chain, grain, mail, snail, trail, train, away, day, gray, spray, today

Challenge Words: brainstorm, mailman, Tuesday, Thursday, yesterday

Academic Vocabulary:

Symbol, flag, pledge, allegiance, patriotic, freedom, country, courage, equality, unite


1st Grade Yearlong Standard Practice & Place Value: We will continue to practice word problems with how many more and how many less. For Place Value, we will compare numbers using the symbols of greater than(>), less than (<), or equal to (=).

Writing- Narrative

  • Write narratives in which students recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use transition words to signal event order and provide some sense of closure.

Science & Social Studies

Science: Plants

Social Studies: American Symbols & Traditions- There are many symbols, icons, and traditions of the United States that provide continuity and a sense of community across time.

Classroom, SEES & PTO Websites

Helpful Educational Links