Mrs. Wallach's Firstie Flyer

Friday, January 15, 2016


I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! I always find that this is a special time of year in first grade when LOTS of growth happens and things really start to click for students, academically. Exciting!

(It's also a special time of year football-wise...exciting, too!)

Also, I've added an "IXL Practice Recommendation" section to the bottom of the math update below. If your firstie is into doing extra IXL practice, check it out to see what would be relevant to practice now!

News and Events

Recent News and Events

Civil Rights Rep: On Thursday, the entire school participated in a special rep to honor of MLK day. First graders performed a song with Mr. Ramsey.

Upcoming News and Events

Monday, February 18th: MLK Day/No School

Tuesday, February 19th: Valley Terrace Visit - We will be doing our monthly visit to the residents - there's sure to be songs, books, and games!

Thursday, February 21st: Red Clover Votes: Primary grades will be voting for their favorite Red Clover book in Library. For more info visit

Friday, February 22nd: Publishing Celebration: Sharing our how-to books.

Academic Updates

Mathematics Focus

Data Analysis

Sorting and Classifying

  • describing attributes of objects
  • using attributes to sort a set of objects
  • looking carefully at a group of objects to determine how they have been sorted

Representing Data

  • making a representation to communicate the results of a survey

Designing and carrying out a data investigation

  • interpreting results of a data investigation

IXL Practice Recommendation:

  • Sorting, Ordering, and Classifying (R1, R2, R3)
  • Data and Graphs (M1, M2)
  • Money (O1, O3, O4)
  • Time (S1, S2, S4, S6, S9, S10, S11, S12, S13)


  • capitalizing the first word of a sentence
  • ending a sentence with punctuation
  • deciding if a sentence is telling, asking, or exciting and choosing the appropriate punctuation mark
  • writing in complete sentences
  • nouns vs. actions
  • introduction to plural nouns


Writing Workshop: Procedural Writing (How-to)

  • transitioning from the mini lesson directly to writing
  • trying out something from the mini lesson in own writing
  • choosing appropriate materials such as planning paper and booklets
  • making a list of possible "how-to" topics and choosing a teachable topic
  • planning steps
  • writing instructions in an appropriate sequence
  • writing includes transitions between steps
  • writing steps and checking to see if they work
  • checking to see if the directions are clear
  • using "how-to helpers" like a list of needed materials, teaching pictures, labels, warnings, numbers, etc.
  • rereading and revising ("does it sound right? does it make sense?)

Writing about reading

  • writing about events that happened in a reading group book

Journal writing continues...

  • generating ideas
  • writing a sentence to tell about something true from your life
  • adding one or two more sentences to tell more details
  • drawing a picture to match the words
  • sharing with the class in a loud clear voice

Phonics and Snap Words

Phonics Concepts
  • baseword and suffix -s for pluralization AND action

Snap Words

  • who
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • there
  • here

Guided Reading Groups

Recent Reads by Group:

Red Jaguars:

  • Up A Tree
  • The Three Bears
  • The Puppets
  • The Surprise
  • Play Ball

Orange Iguanas:

  • Homes
  • The Picnic
  • Clouds
  • Look!

Green Monkeys:

  • Henry and Mudge In Puddle Trouble
  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book

Blue Barracudas

  • The Soccer Game
  • Books
  • Bunny and Monster

Silver Snakes

  • Trucks
  • The Three Bears
  • The Puppets
  • The Surprise


Dinosaurs is just beginning!

January Author of the Month

Gail Gibbons

Classroom Needs

Right now we need...

we're all set!