First Grade Newsletter!

May 2018

First Grade Teachers:

Patricia Balderas-

Natalie Cox-

Angeli Jones-

Mindy Molina-

Raegan Plattner-

A Note From First Grade:

This will be our last newsletter for this year. We have absolutely loved teaching your children this year. We have had a great year and appreciate all the support we have received from home from each one of you. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer!


  • R-Time and Citizens of the Month Winners
  • Important Dates
  • Curriculum Information
  • News from Mrs. Kimbriel
  • Garden News
  • Counselor's Corner
  • News from PE
  • Library News
  • Feelin' the Fine Arts

R-Time Winners

Abdullah Ramadan

Pratham Shah

Sebastian Cruz

Irelynn McAllister


Deon Davis

Dacyn Mofor

Chace Pranivong

Yanni Hogan

Faisal Ramadan


April 23rd- Reading MAP testing begins

April 30th- Math MAP begins

April 23rd-27th- Book Fair Week

April 27th- PTA Spring Dance at 6PM

May 4th- Muffins with Mom

May 18th- Ms. Cox's Conferences

May 21st-Mrs. Jones' Conferences

May 22nd- Mrs. Plattner's Conferences

May 23rd- Mrs. Molina's Conferences

May 24th- Ms. Balderas' Conferences

May 28th- Student Holiday

May 29th- Field Day!

May 31st- Class Parties

June 1st- Last day! Early release at 12PM


Students will be learning about economics.

We will also be working on:

  • blending sounds to make one and two-syllable words orally.
  • blending syllables to make multisyllabic words.\
  • segmenting one-syllable words into individual phonemes.
  • segmenting multisyllabic words into syllables.
  • reading and writing words with vowel digraphs /ů/ (book), /ü/ (spoon, moon), /ô/ (caught, claw).
  • reading and writing words with prefixes (re-, un-).
  • decoding using phonetic and contextual cues.
  • reading aloud text with improved fluency (rate, accuracy, expression, appropriate phrasing).
  • recognizing purposes for and techniques used in media.
  • noticing when text doesn’t makes sense and using strategies to improve comprehension.
  • making inferences about text and using textual evidence to support understanding.
  • recognizing sensory details in text to create imagery.
  • writing 100 high frequency words.
  • generating and organizing ideas and using that plan to write a procedural text.
  • revising and editing their drafts.publishing their writing.using time-order transition words.
  • identifying and using pronouns and adverbs that tell how.
  • forming upper and lower case letters legibly (Yy).
  • using good listening and speaking habits.
  • understanding the need for a job to meet wants and needs.


In math, we will focus on measurement, data analysis, and financial literacy.

Students will focus on:

  • using measuring tools appropriately.
  • measuring length with different nonstandard units to the nearest whole unit.
  • measuring length with measuring tools that are continuous (adding machine tape, ribbon, etc.)
  • identifying the length of an object or distance and the unit of measure.
  • comparing different lengths.
  • explaining why one length can have more than one measurement.
  • Describing the relationship between the length of an object and the number of units need to equal the length.
  • telling time to the nearest hour or half hour on an analog clock.
  • telling time to the nearest hour or half hour on a digital clock.

  • creating picture and bar-type graphs.
  • asking survey questions and collecting data.
  • using tally marks to represent data.
  • organizing data in a T-chart.
  • asking and answering questions using information from graphs.
  • writing and solving problems using data.

  • explaining the difference between needs and wants.
  • solving problems involving spending, saving money, and charitable giving.
  • making decisions about whether an item is a want or a need.
  • deciding whether they have enough money to meet wants and needs.
  • describing the effect of spending or saving on the amount of money you have.
  • deciding when to save and when to spend money.


In science, we will learn about habitats and designing hand pollinators.

In this unit, we will be:

  • asking questions.
  • sorting and classifying living and nonliving things.
  • observing, describing, and recording examples of ways that living organisms depend on each other and the environment. (food chain)
  • observing the ways animals move and eat.
  • comparing ways young animals resemble their parents.
  • recording life cycles of animals.communicating information (observations, data, thoughts, ideas).
  • reading texts and/or using media to obtain information.
  • observing, describing, and illustrating physical properties of objects

    reading texts and/or using media to obtain information.

  • designing a solution to a problem.

  • using tools and materials safely.

  • communicating information (observations, data, thoughts, ideas).

  • making predictions based on observations.

  • developing, using, and comparing models.

  • investigating pollination systems.

  • collecting, organizing, and recording data.

  • comparing parts of plants.

Counselor's Corner

Feelin' the Fine Arts