First Grade News

October Newsletter

Happy Autumn!

Autumn is here and first graders continue to show growth as they adjust to being in a new school, new classroom, with new routines and new friendships!

Dates to Remember:

Friday, November 2nd - End of Term 1

Monday, November 5th - No School (Teacher Work Day)

Tuesday, November 6th - No School (Election Day)

Wednesday - Friday, November 7th, 8th & 9th - Parent Teacher Conferences

If you would like to sign up for your parent-teacher conference, please click your child's teacher's name below.

What we are learning in 1st grade

Word Study

  • blending words together
  • hearing the first and last sounds in words
  • handwriting-making shapes of letters, noticing how letters look the same and different
  • knowing letters have shapes, names and sounds
  • learning high frequency words

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home

After listening to your child read his book, ask him to point to and name "tall letters," "short letters," "letters with straight lines," and "letters with circles."


We continue to work on narrative writing as we focus on writing new small moment stories. We are adding details, putting events in order, and editing our writing to prepare it for sharing with our audience, our classroom friends. As part of our listening and speaking routines, classmates offer compliments to writers after sharing. First graders are proud of their writing pieces and love to share!

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home:

After listening to your child read, have them point out uppercase letters at the beginnings of sentences and end marks at the end. Have them notice the spaces between words. Ask, "How do these things help you read your book?"


We have been working on noticing differences in fiction and nonfiction books. We know that nonfiction teaches us about a topic and has features we can learn from, as well, such as a table of contents, headings, bolded words, photos, captions, maps and labels. We continue to ask and answer questions before, during and after we read.

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home:

Read to your child, with your child and let them read to you each day. Ask, "Is this a fiction or nonfiction book? How do you know?"


We are excited to begin Space - a science unit! We will be answering the questions:

  • How can we observe the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns we see in the sky?

  • What is the relationship between seasons and the amount of daylight hours?

We will be using our science journals as we spend time outside making observations.

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home:

Observe the night time sky. Talk about what you see.

Discuss the changes in the seasons. How do we know it is Autumn?


In math we are working on:

  • measuring and comparing lengths of objects
  • identifying, sorting, describing and building 2-dimensional shapes
  • using equal parts of shapes to show halves and fourths

Ways to Work with Your Child at Home

Measuring Items

Children can measure objects in the house using non-standard units such as paper clips, pennies, toothpicks, etc.

Ordering Objects

Use forks, spoons and knives and ask your child to order them from longest to shortest or shortest to longest.

Shapes All Around

Children can find shapes around the home or neighborhood and explain how they know the shape by using defining attributes such as the number of sides, number of corners.

Food Shares

Use graham crackers, a cookie or a slice of cheese or other yummy snack and ask your child how he/she would share the food with you.