First Grade Newsletter



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Welcome to the First Grade Newsletter! We will update this at the beginning of every unit. Please check back frequently to see what we are working on and important dates.


Ms. Sherwood, Mrs. Sattre, Mrs. Sherrill


First grade has Specials (Music, P.E., Art) from 11:10-12:05

Lunch is as follows:

Mrs. Sherrill 12:25-1:00

Ms. Sherwood 12:30-1:05

Mrs. Sattre 12:35-1:10


Unit 4 Now till April 3rd

  • Currently, the student's are working on long vowel sounds, such as..

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:

-bossy E: (cape, ripe, rude, drove)

- closed and open vowels: An open syllable occurs when a vowel is at the end of the syllable, resulting in the long vowel sound, e.g. pa/per, e/ven, o/pen, go & we. ... Whereas a closed syllable occurs when a syllable ends with a consonant, resulting in a short vowel sound, e.g., cat, sit, got & wet. The consonant closes these words.

- vowel teams: long a: rain, stay, mate, long e: ea, ee, ie, etc..

- r-blends: (cr, br, pr, gr, dr, ect..)

(NEW): - Add sounds in spoken words

(ex: add /s/ to the beginning of eat, add /t/ to the end of bee)

(NEW): Substitute sounds in spoken words (ex. Change the beginning sound in rake to /b/)

(NEW): Decode closed multisyllabic words (ex: nap/kin)

When a syllable ends in a consonant and has one vowel letter, the vowel sound is usually short. This is called a closed syllable. (rab/bit, bas/ket, cab/in)

  • They are also working on blends and digraphs. See examples below.

- r blends (cr, tr, br, sr, pr, ect...)

- l blends (sl, cl, pl, bl, ect..)

- digraphs: (e.g., ea, oa, ee) (th, sh, ch, ck, wh, ph)

  • They are tested on nonsense words as well, so that would be a great idea to work on. See examples below:

(lunch, sith, when, mack, jing, siph, tonk, dosp, dret, clep)

  • Main Idea and Key Details

- What is the story about? What does the author want us to know? What is the problem? What is the solution? What are the details that help us to understand what the main idea is?

  • Retell or Reenact major events in the story/text.

- Based on information from the text, ask and answer questions when prompted, such as who, what, when, where, why and how.

- Writing: Compose sentences that begin with a capital letter, and ends with a period, exclamation point or a question mark.

  • Writing
- Compose sentences with correct capitalization and correct punctuation (quarters 2-4)

- (NEW) Write to respond to reading and communicate ideas


February 26th-March 6th

Chapter 11: Represent and Interpret Data

March 9th- April 2nd

Chapter 12: Money and Time

Social Studies

In Social Studies we are beginning our unit on timelines. Students will read and create timelines of their own as well as others.


We are talking about patterns that can be predicted in the sky during both day and night. Such as stars are only seen at night, the moon is typically only seen at night, the moons phases are a repeating pattern.

Upcoming Events

Feb 24-28- PTO Food drive

Feb 27- Class Pictures and Spring Pictures

Feb 28-PTO Celebrity Dress up day

Mar. 6- Snack Train

Mar. 10- 1st & 2nd grade Spring Showcase 6:30

Mar. 13- PTO Nerd Dress Up

Mar. 16- 20- SPRING BREAK!

Mar. 26- Arts Integration Night

Apr 2-Report Cards go home

Wish List

Mrs. Sherrill-

sidewalk chalk

yellow highlighters