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Mrs. Smith's Firsties

Welcome Families!

Week of April 23rd - 27th
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What Will We Be Learning This Week?


We are continuing our Literacy curriculum this week. We will begin Wonders Unit 6 Week 2. Below are the areas and concepts we will be focusing on:

Comprehension Skill - Cause and Effect

Comprehension Strategy - Reread

Grammar - Pronouns

Writing Traits - Sentence Fluency: Complete Sentences

Phonics Skill - aw, au

Spelling Words - haul, cause, saw, claw, paw, dawn

High Frequency Words - brother, mother, father, friend, love, picture (note that we now have 6 high frequency words - I will test on 5 and the 6th will be another challenge word).

Challenge Words - awful, fault (+2 extra credit)


Everyday Math Unit 8

We will begin Unit 8 this week. Unit 8 focuses on geometry.

Concepts we will be learning this week:

- Combining 2 Dimensional Shapes

- 3 Dimensional Shapes

- Time to the Half Hour

Homelinks - Monday (8.5), Tuesday (8.6), Wednesday (no homework due to field trip), and Thursday (8.8).

Everyday Math Games

- Listed below are the games we have learned and the ones we will learn this upcoming week:

  • Bunny Hop
  • Monster Squeeze
  • Top - It
  • Penny Dice
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Rolling for 50
  • Penny Plate
  • Domino Top-It
  • Subtraction Bingo
  • Addition Top-It
  • The Digit Game
  • Fishing for 10
  • Roll and Record Doubles
  • I Spy
  • Attribute Train


- We do calendar every single day. Incorporated into our daily calendar routine are multiple math concepts including:

  • Place Value
  • Money
  • Number of the Day
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Counting

Social Studies

We will begin our Career and Community Helper unit in social studies. We will be talking about different jobs, responsibility, integrity, and work ethic. Be sure to sign up for a spot to present to the class about your career if you are interested!

We will continue with our Second Step lessons. These lessons focus on the social emotional development of each learner. There are Second Step homelinks on our grade level website under the parent page.

We will also use this time to continue to build classroom community. Building that community is imperative for learning to take place.


Monday - P.E. with Stuemky (wear tennis shoes)

Tuesday - Music with Buckley

Wednesday - Zoo Field Trip

Thursday - P.E. with Stuemky (wear tennis shoes)

Friday - Super Kids Day (wear tennis shoes)

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 1st - EOY Math Benchmark Window Opens

Wednesday, May 2nd - First Grade Field Trip to the OKC Zoo

***Be sure to read over the Field Trip Reminders form coming home on Tuesday!! It has a lot of important information about our field trip on Wednesday!!

Thursday, May 3rd - Author Visit (David Titus)

Thursday, May 3rd - Spring Individual Pictures

Friday, May 4th - Volunteer Appreciation at GMM

Friday, May 4th - Super Kids Day

Friday, May 4th - Hat Day

Wednesday, May 9th - Walk or Ride Your Bike to School Day

Friday, May 11th - Principal's Reading Challenge Celebration

Wednesday, May 16th - Senior Day at GMM

Friday, May 18th - Talent Show @ 1:15 pm

Friday, May 25th - Hat Day

Monday, May 28th - No School (Memorial Day)

Thursday, May 31st - Last Day of School

**Please note the changes in the school calendar dates and the daily time change below.

  • First Bell - 7:30 a.m.
  • Second Bell - 7:40 a.m.
  • Dismissal Bell - 3:10 p.m.
  • School will be in session Tuesday, May 26th - Thursday, May 31st, with Thursday being the last day of school.

As events get closer, I will give you more information. If you have any questions, please email me.


One thing we are sure of at Monroe, is that we cannot reach our goals and meet the needs of all students if they are not here with us at school. Because of that, we have a continuous focus on improving our attendance. We are striving for an Average Daily Attendance of greater than 95%. Currently, as a school, we are hovering at 93%. Please help us to reach our goal by making sure your student(s) are at school on time, every day. We know that absences can sneak up on you. I encourage you and your family to continue to make a goal to miss fewer than five absences this year! We can do it! ☺