Mrs. Nelson's 1st Grade News!

Week of January 4th

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016! It is hard to believe we have already reached this point in the year! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break with you kiddos, I know I did! We will jump right back in this week to our regular routine. I will also be completing mid year "testing" and sending home an updated sheet on where your child is in both reading and math in the next few weeks. :) As always, please look below for important notes about this week.

~Mrs. Nelson

Important Notes For This Week!

-Your child will be bringing home a new January behavior calendar in their folders tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5th. Please remember to look over this and initial nightly. :)

- New reading logs will also be sent home tomorrow! Please also remember to help keep track of your kiddos reading minutes (100 per week) on here each week. Remember they can read the baggy book they bring home every day as well as any other reading material. Reading to them counts as well!

- This week we will be having homework and a spelling test. Since it is a short week, we will only be having spelling homework (NO reading or math page). The spelling homework is still due on Friday and the spelling test will be then as well.

-"Graded Work"- Please look through your child's folder nightly and discuss any work that does come home. We are now at the point of writing at least 4 solid complete sentences. We are focusing on a topic sentence, 2 details, and then a closing/ending. If there is a paper marked "unfinished", please discuss using working time wisely. :) If you notice that your child is having trouble with a specific area, please take this opportunity to discuss the work with them to have another chance to practice. :)

~Mrs. Nelson

What Are We Learning?

Language Arts:

- identifying and reading high frequency words

- decoding words

- forming letters (handwriting)

- writing legibly

- matching sounds to letters

- writing- at least 4 complete sentences (beginning, 2 details, end)

- story comprehension, story structure, and retelling a story (beginning, middle, and end), summarizing, main idea, author's purpose, retelling, and plot! We are also talking about making predictions and drawing conclusions!

- review of long and short vowel sounds (a, i, o, and u).

- use of "is" and "are"

- sentence punctuation

- We are really starting to "chunk" words we don't know in order to help us sound them out. This basically means we look for parts we know; word families, blends, diagraphs, etc.

-word families: "ump" and "ash"


- Adding and subtracting with the strategy of making 10 to help make adding and subtracting larger number easier

- Understanding that the equal sign represents a relationship where expressions on each side of the equal sign represent the same value

- We will be adding more and more word problems to our studies of addition and subtraction

Science/Social Studies:

- We will observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the Moon, and the stars; including the sun.

Spelling/Sight Words

The sight words this week are the same as the ones we did the week before break. This will allow for some extra practice. :)

Spelling Words:

1. stump

2. thump

3. pump

4. trash

5. flash

6. crash

7. school

8. away

9. today

10. way

11. any

12. old

Sight Words: (Please add these to the baggy for continued practice. :)

"ump" and "ash" word families

1. school

2. away

3. today

4. way

5. any

6. old

Upcoming Events... please check below for due dates, etc.

Wear "white" for "Colors for Caring Cancer Support"

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 12am

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Spelling Homework Due/Spelling Test

Friday, Jan. 8th, 12am

Mrs. Nelson's Classroom

Remember: Only spelling homework this week!

Library Day!

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 9pm

1201 Mansfield Webb Road

Arlington, TX

Please help your child remember to bring their books!