First Grade Weekly

Friday, September 16

Notes from Ms. Dreger

We had another wonderful and busy week in first grade! Students are really getting in the swing of things. We began using our iPads a little. We also visited the Exploratory Lab. While there, we made pinwheels!

Homework: Students will have a reading log and some math. We will begin spelling the week of September 26.

Friday Folders: Students have their Friday folders (blue folders) in their backpacks. Please keep the papers inside and return the folders on Monday.

Class Dojo and Seesaw: I have sent this information out. If you have not already done so, please get connected with both. If you need any help please let me know.


We continued our Fables and Stories unit this week. Students heard some fables and discussed the morals (lessons) of each.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  • The Fox and the Grapes

We listened to and discussed a folktale as well. It is from Spain.

  • Medillo Pollito (The Little Half-Chick)

Students listened to The Lion and the Mouse on Seesaw then illustrated it. Students also drew a picture to go with their favorite fable we have read. Students have also gotten onto epic (an app) to read/listen to books.

Word Study

We began our first word study unit. We learned six new vocabulary words (vacation, leap, swamp, trunk, capital, and monument).


We continued our review this week (counting, writing numbers, left and right, pictographs).

We also continued practicing center rotations. During this practice students had an opportunity to explore some of the math tools they will be using throughout the year.

Students began using Seesaw during math centers! Check out their patterns and number towers.


We continued our weather unit this week. We ventured outside to observe the weather using four of our senses (sight, hearing, touch, and smell).

We learned about thermometers and how to read them. We predicted the air temperature of the classroom, a cup of water, and a cup of ice. After recording our predictions we checked to see if we were correct. We took three thermometers outside and placed them around the playground. After 15 minutes we checked the temperature of each. We discussed the difference between shady spots and sunny spots.

We discussed wind and how we measure it (wind vanes, windsocks). Students made windsocks. We then took a tour around the building, in the courtyard, and on both playgrounds looking for windy places.

Social Studies

We discussed families this week. We made a web of what families do together. We also made a list of family members (mom, dad, grandma, etc.).

Nut Free!

Our classroom is a nut free space. Please help keep our kids safe and healthy by NOT bringing nut products to school.

Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 9am

4221 East Milham Avenue

Portage, MI

Students will get their pictures taken in the morning.