Mrs. Cornell's Class

News for the week of December 3rd to December 7th

Dear Parents,

It looks like we are going to have a mild week weather wise. Yay! I'll take it!

The latest report is that the article about our Grammy Mac made it into three Twin Cities newspapers and the Rochester paper along with The Free Press. Fun! If you missed seeing it, I included a link below this message. In her words, "What a hoot!"

Completed reading tests will be coming home soon. This week we begin practicing reading long vowel sounds. This can be confusing. We will learn how the "bossy e" or "silent e" can make the vowel say its name (lake, base, wade.) We will finish taking the Unit 3 Math test on Monday.

Additionally, students will begin Social Studies with Mr. Meyers and Health with Mrs. Petersen. We will continue doing Science in our own room.

A request: If you have access to any small flashlights or battery operated tea lights, we would like to use them for the Winter Concert. Please contact me if you have something that we might be able to use.

The December Skills Checklist can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Have a good week!

Mrs. Cornell


This "Glog" is a fantastic resource for me in the classroom. We are able to use some things on it each week to enhance our learning through engaging activities. I am sharing it with you. Students may do some exploring or may go back to activities that we used in class.
Raz-Kids is an online, self-paced reading website. The teacher username is "jocornell". Students know their passwords. Students first listen to a story, then read that story, then take a quiz. Each task they do earns them points.


Many students started using this in kindergarten. Your child should know their username and password, if not I can email it to you. Most students should be working on First Grade skills. Your child should know which ones I have introduced, but with your assistance they could find many others that would provide great practice. Students should work to earn a score of 80 or higher before moving on to another skill, but if they are struggling with a particular skill it may not be the right time to work on it and they may have greater success later in the year.
Be sure to bookmark this site. There are hundreds of math games to choose from. The higher the number, the more difficult the skills.


December 11th - Two Hour Late Start
December 14th - Winter Music Program
December 21st - Last day before break
December 24th - January 4th - Winter Break

December Skills Checklist

This checklist includes many of the topics and skills that your child is working on during the month of December. You will notice our math Home Links correlate with the math skills. Some skills continue from last month. You can help me in tracking your child’s progress by using and returning this checklist at the end of the month. When you feel that your child has mastered a skill, check on the line. Not all lines need to be checked off to return the sheet to school. Thank you for all of your extra help working with your child at home.

· Knows how to tie shoes ___

· Can tell time on an analog clock to the hour and half hour (half past) ___

(beginning to use quarter-to and quarter-past)

· Can write numbers up to 1000 ___

· Knows simple facts +/- 0, 1, 2 ___

· Knows doubles up to 10 + 10 ___ (not yet, but coming)

· Knows what makes 10 (9 + 1, 8 + 2, 6 + 4, 3 + 7, etc.)

· Can write a complete sentence using correct capitalization and punctuation ___

(inventive spelling expected – try descriptive or persuasive)

· Can solve +/- number or word problems using the number line or number grid ___

· Can calculate and write the value of money when using pennies/nickels/dimes ___

· Can identify the number before/after a given number ___

· Can measure to the nearest inch ___

· Can count by 2’s to 120 ___

(start anywhere and continuing forward or backward - - 44, 46, 48, 50 . . . )

· Can count up and back by 5’s and 10’s to 120 ___

(starting anywhere and continuing forward or backward - - 50, 45, 40, 35 . . . )

· Can read "long a" and "long i" words ___ (shape, plane, base, cane, tape, wide, Mike, etc.)

· Can read high frequency words (see below) ___

Your Child’s Name _____________________________

Parent Signature _____________________________

*Please keep your chart in a safe place so it will not get lost or destroyed.

Due back January 7th.

High Frequency Words listed by week

December 3rd - walk, could, all, oh, hello, pull

December 10th - girl, boy, together, when, people, care, water

December 17th - light, our, your, would, again