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First Grade Happenings

Week of January 19, 2016

It was wonderful to see so many families at this morning's First Grade Breakfast! Thank you to those of you who were able to attend.

Students enjoyed this week's STEM Day activities! A big thank you to Bear's dad Chip for presenting to our class on the topic of chemistry. Check out all the excitement on our TWITTER page by accessing the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

Tonight in your child's folder you will find information regarding our upcoming field trip to the MN Landscape Arboretum. This will coincide with our science unit on "Seeds and Plants."

Remember, we don't have school on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Language Arts

Our main character “Edward” from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane continues to change as he is repeatedly abandoned, whisked away, or stolen. He begins to feel the emotions of love, anger and despair with each new home. While listening to the read-aloud, students are encouraged to ask questions and look for answers, both of which are essential to comprehension. They are also responding to the text in writing in their reader’s response packets.


Next week we will learn about the concept of symmetry. An object has symmetry if it can be folded in half so that the two halves match exactly. We will begin by looking at symmetry in nature. We will also review the skills we've learned in Unit 7 in preparation for our assessment. The skills that will be assessed are as follows:

  • Polygon vs. Non-Polygon
  • 2-D Shape Characteristics: side, corner
  • 3-D Shapes: sphere, rectangular prism, cone, cylinder
  • 3-D Shape Characteristics: flat face, curved face, vertex, corner
  • Identification of Symmetrical Shapes


Next week in science we will begin our unit on plants which will culminate with a field trip to the MN Landscape Arboretum! We will start by using a circle map to record all that we already know about plants. We will use this as a baseline as we add to our learning.

Digital Day Schedule

1/19 Day 5: Art
1/20 Day 1: Technology
1/21 Day 2: PE/Music
1/22 Day 3: PE/ Media (Book Check-Out)

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • January 18th: No School/ MLK Day
  • January 21st: Family BINGO Night 6:00-7:30 PM
  • January 22nd: Field Trip Permission Slip Due
  • January 29th: No School

Weekly Spelling Words

Our practice test is on Monday and our final test is on Friday:
my, by, fly, cry, why, any, many, handy, dandy, sandy

Important Links

Twitter This Week

You do not need to sign up on Twitter in order to keep updated on classroom events. Simply click on the link below to get a peak at your child's learning!

IXL Math/Online Practice

Online math practice of secure math skills for students.


Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books and reading quizzes.