January Newsletter

Mrs.Barrera's First Grade Class~Whispering Pines Elementary

Hello Parents!

Happy New Year! We have have started our new year off with a bang! Your firsties have been working very hard.


Important Dates

01/18 No School-Martin Luther King Day

What we will be learning:

  • identify U.S. coins including pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters by value and describe the relationships between them
  • Counting by twos, fives and tens to determine the value of a collection of pennies, nickels and/or dimes
  • define money earned as income
  • distinguish between spending & saving and consider charitable giving
  • define money as earned income
  • identify income as a means of obtaining goods and services, making choices between wants and needs
  • skip counting by twos, fives and tens to determine the total number of objects up to 120 in a set
  • tell time to the hour and a half hour using analog and digital clock
(see below for a fun coin counting video)


  • Traditional Literature-Folktales
  • connect the meaning of a well-known story or fable to personal experiences
  • explain the functions of recurring phrases in traditional folk tales/fairy tales (once upon a time, they lived happily ever after...)
  • analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme
  • write brief stories that include a beginning, middle, and end


  • Describe changes in location
  • Demonstrate how objects move

Social Studies:

  • The history and roles of being a citizen
  • United States Government
  • Veteran's Day
  • The history and culture of Thanksgiving

One Last Reminder

Don't forget we collect Box Tops for Education! The class with the most collected for the month gets an ice cream party!