Stremelstein's Classroom News

Mrs. Himelstein & Ms. Stremel- First Grade Room 202

December 14, 2015

Fieldtrip- The children had a great time at the Shrek Musical inspite of the wet weather! A big THANK YOU to our parent chaperones: Mrs. Brazil, Mr. Chong, Mr. Lewak, Mrs. Lopaty and Mrs. Murphy for all their wonderful help!

Class Winter Party & Book Exchange 12/17/15- Our Class Winter Party is this Thursday at 1:35-3:00 p.m. We need parent volunteers to help with the party. Please click on the Shutterfly link if you can help out! Thank you for your support!

Also, there will be a Book Exchange at the party. Please have your child bring a wrapped new or gently used book that is appropriate for both girls and boys by Tuesday, December 15th! Thank you for your help in making this a success!

Holidays Around the World- The children will be participating in Holidays around the World with all the First Grade classes on Tuesday-Thursday from 9:10-11:00 a.m.. We will be rotating amongst classes to learn about the different holiday traditions celebrated around the world.

No Homework this Week! There is no Homework this week, however the Holiday Scrapbook Project is due on January 15, 2016 after we come back from Winter Break. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Holidays! We look forward to seeing the children back on Tuesday, January 12, 2016! (Monday 1/11/16 is a Staff Development Day).

Friday, December 18th Dismissal- Friday is a minimum day with early dismissal at 12:55. Please note that the cafeteria will be closed. We will have recess at 11:10-11:30 if students want to have their snack then.

Ears Buds- Just a friendly reminder that if your haven't done so, to please have your child bring in his/her ear buds. Please put them in a plastic ziplock bag with your child's name written on the outside of the bag. Thank you for your help!

Dates to Calendar

12/17 Class Winter Party & Book Exchange 1:35- 3:00 p.m.

12/18 Flag Salute: Student of the Month- Responsibility, Math Award,

Early Dismissal 12:55

12/21-1/11 Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

1/12 First day back from Winter Break

1/29 Flag Salute: Athlete of the Month, AR Awards, Student of Month-Respect, Math Award


  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

Phonics Skills:

  • long i with silent e

Word Families:

  • -ice
  • _ide

Spelling Words of the Week: Word Wall Words, Word family Words and Challenge Words


Word Wall Words: ask, but, long, now, would

Word Family Words: ice, dice, mice, price, slice, twice, bride, glide, pride, slide, stride, wide

Challenge Words: advice, device, decide, mudslide, outside

Academic Vocabulary:

compare, contrast, similarities, differences, connection, relationship, opinion, reason(s)

Math- Place Value

  • Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.
  • Understand that the two-digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones.
  • Understand 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones-called a "ten."
  • Understand the numbers from 11-19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
  • Understand the numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine tens (and 0 ones).
  • Compare two two-digit numbers based on meaning of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparison with the symbols > = <
  • Given a two- digit number, mentally find 10 more or ten less than a number without having to count, explain the reasoning used.

Math Vocabulary:

  • solve
  • represent
  • compare
  • number line
  • hundreds chart
  • count
  • value
  • tens
  • ones
  • place
  • units

Writing- Opinion

  • Write opinion pieces in which students introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

Science & Social Studies

Science: Plants

Social Studies: While some things have stayed the same, there are many things about life today that are different from long ago ( ex: school, transportation, technology, communication, communities, home life, recreation, work etc.).

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