Mrs. Pearson's 1st Grade News

May 2016

Monthly Reminders

Dates to Remember:

5/10 - Planetarium Visit

5/13 - Career Day

5/18 - Field trip money and permission slips due (cash only please - $13.00)

5/18 - Field Day (5/25 rain date)

5/26 - Volunteer Breakfast/ Beach Spirit Day

5/27 and 5/30 - No School

5/31 - Teacher In-Service (no school for students)

6/2 - First Grade Field Trip to Elmwood Park Zoo

ELA Update

We have begun Theme 6 – Watch This! We will be reading the following stories in this theme: Amazing Animals, Blast Off!, Ebb and Flow and the Baby Seal, At the Crayon Factory, Sand Castle and Frog and Toad Together. Phonics skills covered in this theme are long vowel oo, u_e, long vowel /i/ y, ie, igh, vowel diphthong /ou/ ow, ou, long vowel /e/ y, ie, vowel variant oo, ew and long vowels /i/ and /o/. Other skills important skills in this theme are: contractions ( 'd, 've, 're, 's, n't, 'll) and inflections (change the y to i) –ed, -er, -est, -es and (drop e) -ed, -ing. There will not be a Theme 6 Test, however HFW assessments and spelling tests will continue.


In writing we have been exploring nonfiction writing. We wrote stories about a classmate and will soon be starting our "Wild Animal" report that integrates science and writing!

Math Update

As we begin Unit 10 children will be reviewing important skills we have learned this year. There will not be a Unit 10 Test, however we will be giving an End-of-Year Math Test. Look for more information coming home in folders over the next few weeks.


Math facts assessed in the 4th Marking Period are as follows:

  • Proficient in ALL facts to 10+10
  • Proficient in ALL facts from 10 or less

Science and S.S. Update

In science we have been very busy! We began by discussing living and nonliving things and then moved into plant studies. We planted bean and marigold seeds. Journaling and observing our plants as they grow has us putting our scientist hats on! Currently we are learning about the animal groups and their characteristics.

Misc. Items

Our classroom can be a little chilly in the morning. Have your child keep a sweater or hoodie in their backpack.


We had a BLAST coding with Mr. Dale using an app called Scratch Jr.!!! Be sure to check out the pictures below of our fun day. This was a good opportunity to use our new set of 7 classroom iPADS. SO much fun!!