Mrs. Bennett's First Grade Class

January 3, 2014


We will be beginning our unit on place value. Your child will learn to identify which digit is in the tens and ones place. They will also be able to identify the value of each digit in a given number. We will then move on to comparing numbers using the symbols <, >, =. Your child will also be to explain why they chose that symbol using what they know about place value. For example: 47 < 93 because it has less tens OR 86 > 82 because they have the same number of tens and 86 has more ones.

Feel free to have your child explore my website to watch videos and play games to help them master these concepts.

We will also be focusing on fluency of math facts to 10. Many students have mastered addition and subtraction to 20, but not fluency to 10. Please take any free time you have (in the car, etc) to help your child memorize their math facts of addition and subtraction to 10. Thank you!


*The words this week can be very difficult for some students. Please practice at home.

Spelling website: The login is and the password is 1234. There are fun games to help your child practice the weekly words.

The words will come home every Monday with a note on the back to help you understand how to study the words at home. We are learning to spell the sounds in a word, not just memorize how to spell it.

Please help your child study for the test. We will pretest the words we are studying on Wednesday. On Friday, I will pick 4 words from our list and 2 words that are not on the list, but follow the spelling pattern for the week. There are also two sentences for your child to practice writing.

Spelling pattern: ng words

Spelling words: thing, long, song, string, king, sang, to, do

Sentences: They sang to the thin king. Do you have a long red string?


We will be writing a personal narrative about something that has happened in their lives. We will be focusing on adding details to our writing, not just writing the events that happened. We will also take a story we have written and go through the steps to make a final copy - edit, revise, publish.

We are also learning about adjectives, verbs, and nouns.

Also, feel free to visit my website and go to the writing tab. There are some fun games in green.

Sight Words

We are now working on 3rd Quarter words. If your child has not passed 2nd Quarter words, please keep practicing those. Please help your child read their sight words. They cannot sound out the words. They have 2 1/2 minutes to read all 50 words.

Reading Skills

We are working comprehension of non-fiction texts.

We are working on several skills:

ask and answer questions while reading informational texts

explain the reasons an author gives to support points

identify the similarities and differences between two informational texts

know if the information came from the words or the photographs

Reading / Phonics

We are learning that the c makes the /s/ sounds when it is followed by an e, i, or y.

You can really help by going over Vowel Town with them. (This is in their Goal Notebook). Point to different places on it and have your child say the sound and then do the same thing, but have them spell the sound.

Some groups have began the rivers and ladders. The rivers have the vowels written out along a river graphic. They have to be able to say the sounds to the vowel letters quickly and correctly to keep from "falling into the river". If you would like copies of the rivers to practice at home, just let me know. This is difficult if they have not truly master Vowel Town. The ladders take it a step farther. They have to be able to identify the vowel(s) in a word and only say the vowel sound for given words.


We are using this time to focus on nonfiction texts. We will be starting our unit on light and sound very soon!


  • We go to the library on Thursday mornings. Please leave your child's library books in their backpack so they can trade every week.
  • Grade cards come out this week. Watch your emails later this week.
  • Academic Celebration is January 17 @ 12:45.
  • No School January 20 or 21.


Monday - PE

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music

Thursday - PE

Friday - Art