Peek of the Week

Mrs. Cousins' and Ms. Welker's Class

Language Arts


We are learning about the last element to retelling a story. We are learning about the plot of the story. The plot of the story is the events that happened from the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Don't forget to tell who the characters are and the setting of the story while telling the plot of the story.

  • Phonics/Word Study

Identifying Nouns

Review of high frequency words

Writing sentences

  • Writer's Workshop

We are writing fun Christmas activities. We are also learning how to add details in our writing.

**GT Cluster Class-- We are working on our research paper about explorers. Ask your child what explorer they are researching.

Social Studies

We have been traveling around the world studying holiday traditions from different countries. We will discuss the various traditions and customs that different countries celebrate during the holiday season, and compare them to American traditions. Each country that we visit, students will create a little souvenir and add it to their traveling suitcase. Ask your child which countries we have already been too!

Home Challenge:

* create a new suit for Santa

* send holiday greetings to friends and family

Winter Family Fun

*Make Gingerbread cookies and a Gingerbread House

* Moody Gardens festival of lights, Ice Palace, Polar Express, Nutcracker Ballet

* Houston's Zoo lights

* Ice Skating

* Caroling

Santa's New Suit app preview

Holidays around the World

Sesame Street Holiday videos with Jennifer Hudson

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree

Twas the Night Before Christmas

12 Days of Christmas


Phew!! We survived our first, first grade test! Yay!! Next week will be spent going over the questions that students may have struggled with and continuing our unit on numbers to 99. We will also have fun with math as we continue to learn about holidays around the world. When we get back from the break, we will be starting with Numbers to 120 which includes many similar topics but it will be a great review after all that time away.


This week, we studied how sound energy is used and transferred. Students got to hear and sing to a new song about energy.

Next week, we will review all of the types of energy that we discussed and catch up on any science activities that we have not finished yet. After the holiday break, we will start our "My World" unit (water, rocks, soil and conservation).

Sadie and the Snowman

Energy Songs/links:

Saving Energy-


Frozen "In summer" song with Olaf


Brainpop light-


Magic School Bus-sound

Magic School Bus-light

Magic School Bus-heat

Adding heat/taking heat away Game:

Home Challenge:

* cozy up to a warm fireside and make smores or roast marshmallows (read a holiday story)

* make hot chocolate and watch the marshmallows melt from the heat

* Take a tour around your neighborhood and see how some families use light to decorate their houses during the winter season.

* use old crayons and melt into models to make new ones

*make a list of all of the ways your family uses heat energy

Notes and Reminders

*Holiday party sign up is now available online. The links were sent via email. Thanks for helping our holiday party be the best party ever!

*Toys for Tots toy drive at wilder

*Yearbooks are on sale online

*A huge thank you for supporting our Boosterthon FunRun this year. The kids had a blast on the speedway and enjoyed everyday learning how to be a better citizen in our community. Please remember that all pledge money is due Monday, December 15th!

Dec. 16- Holiday Family Night 5:30-7:00

Dec. 18- Holiday Party from 11:00-12:00

Dec. 19- Early Release Day (12:30), Polar Express Day (wear pjs to school)

Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Holiday Break- no school for students

Jan. 5 School is back in session