First Grade Newsletter!

October 2018

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First Grade Teachers:

Raegan Plattner- Team Leader-

Mindy Molina-

Natalie Cox-

Angeli Jones-


  • Important Dates
  • Curriculum Information
  • McCall News
  • Library News
  • PE News


October 8th- Student Holiday

October 9th- Student Holiday/ Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 22nd-26th- Red Ribbon Week

November 1st- Field Trip to the Heritage Farmstead

November 3rd- PTA Color Run and Fall Festival


In Language Arts, we will be working on:

  • Identifying rhyming words

  • communicating ideas and feelings through a personal narrative

  • explaining how characters’ actions affect the plot

  • retelling a story using Beginning, middle, and end

  • identifying a problem and solution

Questions for students:

  • Why are words and pictures important?
  • What do good readers do?
  • What is a complete thought?

Critical Vocabulary

  • problem

  • solution

  • plot

  • logical

  • declarative


In Social Studies, we will be learning about geography. Students will be skilled at:

  • locating the community, Texas, and the U.S. on maps and globes.
  • creating and using maps of the home, classroom, school, and community.
  • describing the physical and human characteristics of places.
  • obtaining information about a topic using a variety of sources.
  • expressing ideas orally based on knowledge and experiences.
  • creating and interpreting visual and written material.

Questions for Students:

  • Why do people live in a specific place?
  • How does where you live affect how you live?
  • What story do maps tell?

Critical Vocabulary

  • atlas

  • cardinal directions

  • geography

  • neighborhood

  • state

  • Texas

  • United States


In math, we will focus on five and ten relationships.

Students will focus on:

  • representing numbers on a ten frame.

  • making 10 with two or more addends with and without objects.

  • counting by 5s and 10s.

  • using counting and numbers in everyday situations.

  • using strategies for counting.

  • reading, writing, and representing numbers and sets.

  • recognizing numbers on a ten frame without counting.

  • recognizing the number of dots on a die without counting.

  • applying the mathematical process standards.

Questions for students:

  • What patterns do I see in number systems?

  • What is the best way to represent this number?

  • How can I use objects and pictorial models to solve different types of problems?

  • How do I compare or combine objects to make sense of a problem?

  • How do mathematical operations relate to each other?

  • How can I use numbers and symbols to create true statements?


In science, we will learn about health.

In this unit, we will be:

  • using evidence to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models.
  • making predictions based on observable patterns.

  • reading texts and/or using media to obtain information.
  • defining a simple problem and finding solutions.

  • developing, using, and comparing models.

  • designing and conducting an investigation.

  • communicating scientific explanations and valid conclusions.

  • safely using appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.

  • measuring using non standard units.

Questions for Students:

  • How do science and engineering impact your life?
  • Why should you always keep wondering?

Critical Vocabulary

  • observation

  • prediction

  • technology

  • evaporate

  • freeze

  • melt