Mrs. Nelson's 1st Grade News!

Week of February 12th

Wow... this year is flying!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and "Valentine's Day"! I enjoyed a "mommy/daughter day" with Addison as she turns FOUR on Thursday. It is crazy how time literally seems to fly past us! As always, look below for important reminders/updates about this week! :)

~Mrs. Nelson

Important Notes For This Week!

- Please remember to look over your child's take home folder and initial nightly. :) In addition, please also take a moment to look over any papers that come home and take out anything that doesn't need to come back. :)

- Please also remember to help keep track of your kiddos reading minutes (100 per week) on their reading log each week. 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!

-NEW: Starting next week, some of the kiddos will be bringing home "Guided Reading Folders". Please keep an eye out for more information regarding this to come home next week when I start it.

- This week we will be having homework and a spelling test. Homework is coming home today and includes spelling, reading, and math. It is due on Friday like normal. The spelling test will be on Friday, like normal, also.

-"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, 2-3 details, and then a closing/ending. If you notice that your child is having trouble with a specific area, please take this opportunity to discuss the work with them to have another chance to practice. :)

- Unfinished work- you may notice that your child brings home papers daily that look unfinished. If it is not marked on by me, it is likely work that is complete during our "intervention" time while they were at centers. This was not work that I graded. This is just in case you were wondering. :)

- Middle of the Year progress forms were sent home a few weeks ago. I am still missing a few, please sign and return them so I can check you off! :)

- Baggy Books: If you notice that your child is bringing the same book home each night, or picking books that area below their level (marked on their baggy); please remind them it is their responsibility to change their books every morning. I remind them daily, but this is their task. :)

- The "Tooth Fairy" will be coming to do a presentation on Friday over dental health.

~Mrs. Nelson

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts:

* We are really hitting procedural writing hard this time of year. That means we are working on telling how to do something using transition words such as; first, next, then, finally. Please practice this skill at home by having your child sequence events, etc.

- identifying and reading high frequency words

- decoding words (we call this Chunky Monkey)

- forming letters (handwriting)

- writing legibly

- matching sounds to letters

- writing- at least 4 complete sentences (beginning, 2 details, end) We are starting to bump it up to 5 now! :)

- story comprehension, story structure, and retelling a story (beginning, middle, and end), summarizing, main idea, author's purpose, retelling, and plot! We are also talking about making predictions and drawing conclusions! This week we are really focusing on identifying main idea and details.

- review of long and short vowel sounds (a, i, o, and u) and the various spelling patterns they go with

- subject/verb agreement and Adverbs

- sentence punctuation and capitalization

- 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. This is the "chunky money" strategy!

-word families: "ide" and "ine"


- Solving addition and subtraction problems (to 20) with unknowns as part of the problem.

- Adding in the variable of word problems with unknowns.

- Solving problems involving 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less.

- A closer look at time, money, and graphing.

Science/Social Studies:

- American Symbols; Liberty Bell, White House, Statue of Liberty this week!

- American Presidents: Abraham Lincoln this week!

Spelling/Sight Words

Spelling words will continue to not follow the word family pattern that they have been. Instead, they will be a review of the common sounds and spelling patterns we have learned thus far. This week, the focus is /oi/ and /oy/ sound spelling patterns

Spelling Words:

1. coin

2. point

3. moist

4. toy

5. enjoy

6. soil

7. about

8. kind

9. also

10. because

11. walk

12. pretty

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

1. about

2. kind

3. also

4. because

5. walk

6. pretty

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

Homework Due/Spelling Test

Friday, Feb. 19th, 12am

Mrs. Nelson's Classroom

Spelling, reading, and math homework due. Spelling Test

Library Day!

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Please help your child remember to bring their books!

Tooth Fairy Presentation

Friday, Feb. 19th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX