Ms. Lucken's First Grade Friends

Thoughts, Reminders, and Oops I Forgots

April was a great month.

May will be too! We still have much to learn:) We are also busy doing end of the year assessments. Please send me a well-rested and fed child each and every day. When your child comes to school physically prepared, they are able to be successful and feel proud about their work on assessments. When your child comes everyday, he/she does not miss core lessons and social activities to make up assessments. It is hard to be the kid who has to leave the group and the teacher, to go finish a test. It is hard to be the teacher who has to cancel a lesson, in order to give the make-up assessment.

Thanks for all you do. It has been an amazing year. I am looking forward to the next 5 weeks. I'll miss this group of children immensely!


Lucken's Students Love Learning (website)

I finally uploaded a ton of pictures....think mealworms!

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 6th: Field trip to Saint John's Outdoor University, 8:30 - 11:30 am. The permission slip came home Friday. Please return immediately.
  • Monday, May 16th - Friday, May 20th: Coin Wars Save your change. This is a school fundraiser and competition. Monday kids bring pennies, Tuesday kids bring nickels, Wednesday kids bring dimes, Thursday kids bring quarters, Friday kids bring any type of money. We will use this as an additional math lesson, counting coins and building a graph to record how much money we collect each day! Winning classrooms receive a prize. The PTA organizes this event and will send more information.
  • Thursday, May 19: Westwood Spring Picnic, 5:30 - 7 pm. The PTA will send additional information. This is a family event. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • Friday, May 27th Author's Tea, 1:30 - 2:30: Parents are invited and encourage to attend. We will do a mini reader's theater, your child can share all of his/her writing, and we will have treats.
  • Monday, May 30th: No School, Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 31st: Westwood Street Dance. This is a class dance party with a DJ. The party takes place during our gym time. It is a reward for following the Westwood Way. No need to attend:)
  • Thursday, June 2nd - Last Day of First Grade

Bring your library books every Friday! Wear your Westwood t-shirts too!

Online Scholastic Book Order

Book orders need to be complete by Friday, Apirl 1st.


  • Read a minimum of 10 minutes daily (PAKRAT, library, or personal books)
  • Complete one homework square five days per week. If you need an additional copy, they can be accessed from the weebly website link below. These activities are created to help your child meet the monthly academic goals below.
  • Complete any My Math homework sheets (please make sure to have your child put their name on their paper).

Social and Emotional Goals

  • Pride. I show pride in myself by following the rules and doing my best work.
  • I can cooperate. I take turns. I work as a member of a team. I share supplies and toys. I am willing to work and play with any and all of my classmates.
  • Be fair. Play games by the rules. Show good sportsmanship, whether you win our lose (we shake hands and say fun game).
  • Use a strong, clear speaking voice when speaking to the class
  • Use breaks to fix minor behaviors and return to the learning area with a positive / engaged attitude
  • Accept redirection and consequences when needed
  • Reflect on choices and make plans to be more successful
  • Set your own personal and academic goals

Language Arts Goals

  • Follow words from left to right
  • Read and write your name
  • Name all 26 uppercase and lowercase letters, and give the correct sound
  • Put words in alphabetical order
  • Read new high frequency words. See monthly homework squares.
  • Read contractions, such as: that's, it's, etc. Understand that it means that is.
  • Recognize s can mean plural (more than one), a contraction (that's), or possessive (Ms. Lucken's class).
  • Recognize and produce rhyming words
  • Count (can = 1 syllable), blend, and segment the syllables in words (/c/a/n/ = can)
  • Read and write one syllable / 3 letter words
  • Read one syllable words with double endings (fill, mitt, buzz, etc)
  • Hear and identify words that have same beginning, middle or ending sounds
  • Hear, identify and read 4 letter words with blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, sn, sm, sk, sc, sp, st, sw, br, cr, fr, gr, dr, pr, tr
  • Hear, identify, and sound out words using all of the following end blends: nd, nk, nt, mp, sk, st.
  • Hear, identify, and read words with beginning and ending digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ph, and qu.
  • Identify and read words with dipthongs: wr, kn, gn.
  • Read words that contain the chunk ing, ed, ful, and less.
  • Identify vowels. Apply vowel rules to reading and writing new words. So far we have practiced short vowels, super e long vowels, two vowel combinations (when two vowels go walking, the first one usually does the talking), r controlled vowels (ar, ir, er, or, and ur), multiple ways to make u (ue, ew, oup, oo, etc). The monthly homework is the best place to find practice and see what your child needs to know.
  • I can find and read compound words.
  • Read a grade appropriate book (goal level i)
  • Use graphic organizers to demonstrate your understanding of the text/book you have read
  • Write a sentence that has been dictated to you. Use a capital letter for the beginning, dates, and names. Use the appropriate punctuation mark. Spell high frequency words correctly.
  • Write a sentences using commas to make a list.
  • Use a graphic organizer to plan your writing.
  • Write a personal narrative (a story about yourself). Use 3 sentences. 1 for beginning, 1 for middle, 1 for end.
  • Write an opinion. Tell what you like. Tell 3 reasons you like it.
  • Collect information from a text. Use the information you have gathered to write your own informational text.
  • I can use media (such as pixie), to create a story.

Math Goals


  • I can make a pattern
  • I can find the missing part in a pattern
  • I can label a pattern.
  • I can transcribe a pattern into a new pattern with the same rules.


  • I know the words whole, half, fourth, & equal apart
  • I can break a shape into equal parts
  • I can tell the fraction of parts that are shaded


  • I can name 2D shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, trapezoid, rhombus, & hexagon
  • I can name 3D shapes: cube, rectangular prism, cone, cylinder & sphere.
  • I can tell about a shape (vertex, vertices, sides, faces, closed, composite, 2D, & 3D.


  • I can collect data using tally marks
  • I can create a picture graph
  • I can create a bar graph
  • I can correctly answer questions by looking at the data on a graph
  • I can compare numbers on a graph
  • I can compare the lengths of multiple objects, using the words long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest
  • I can measure objects with non-standard units (for example, measure a book with paper clips)
  • I can estimate the length of an object
  • I can tell time to the hour and the half hour on both an analog and a digital clock


  • Count forward by ones to 120+
  • Read and write number to 120+
  • Count foward by 10s from any given number
  • Count back by tens from any given number
  • Identify the One's Place
  • Identify the 10's Place
  • Add 10s (4 tens + 2 tens = 40 + 20 = 60) How does knowing 4 +2 = 6 help you know that 40 + 20 = 60?
  • Tell a number that is 10 more than any given number (10 more that 32 is 42)
  • Count on using tens and ones (lll... = 10, 20, 30, 31, 32, 33)
  • Complete 2 digit addition (43 + 10 = 53)
  • Solve addition story problems involving 2 digit addition)
  • Add using regrouping
  • Subtract using 10s (60 - 40 = 20) How does knowing 6 - 4 = 2 help you know that 60 - 40 = 20?
  • Related Additional and Subtraction 10s Facts (if 20+30 = 50, then 50 - 30 = 20)
  • Identify pennies
  • Identify nickels
  • Count foward by 5s from any given number
  • Count by 5s from any given number
  • Identify dimes
  • find the value of a group of these coins, up to one dollar.
  • Add numbers between 0 - 20
  • Write addition number sentences; 1+1 = 2
  • Find multiple ways to make sums for numbers 1-10
  • Draw pictures to solve addition number stories
  • Use counting on as a strategy for solving addition problems (7 + 2 = .....7, 8,9....=9)
  • Use a number line to complete addition problem
  • Memorize doubles facts (1+1 = 2, 2+2=4, 3+3= 6, etc.)
  • Use doubles facts to add a double plus 1 (since 1 +1 = 2, I know 1+2 = 3)
  • Make ten to solve addition problems (8 +7 is the same as 8+2 = 10 + 5 = 15)
  • Determine whether a number sentence is true or false
  • Use objects to solve for the missing part / addend (7+___=10)
  • Developing fact fluency; especially problems involving +0 and +1
  • Addition vocabulary: part + part = whole, the answer in an addition problem is MORE, we call that answer the sum, = means one side of the number sentence is the same as the other side of the number sentence.
  • Subtract numbers from 20.
  • Write subtraction number sentences: 5 - 4 = 1
  • Solve simple subtraction stories by drawing a picture.
  • Use counting back as a strategy for solving addition problems (7 - 2 = .....7, 6, = 5)
  • Use a number line to complete subtraction problems
  • Use doubles facts to subtract (since 7 +7 = 14, then 14 - 7 = 7).
  • Make ten to solve subtraction problems (16 - 9 .....10 - 3 = 7).
  • Use related facts / fact families (6+7 = 13, 7+6=13, 13 - 6 = 7, 13 - 7 = 6).
  • Use subtration to solve for the missing part / addend (7+___=10, is the same as 10 - 7 = 3)
  • Determine if a subtraction number sentence is true or false.
  • Subtraction means if you know the whole, and one of the parts, you can figure out the other part: whole - part = part.
  • The answer is a subtraction problem is called the difference.

Science Goals

We have planted seeds, and they have sprouted. They will be coming home on Friday, May 6th!

We have built a mealworm habitat. We are observing and recording our plants.

The kids are having so much fun. I am using observations and notes as informal assessment. I will monitor their use of the vocab during work times and in their journal. This will determine their grade on their report card.

Social Studies Goals

We are talking about how people work together to solve problems.

Contact Information

Jennifer Lucken

252-1350 x5370