First Grade Newsletter

December 5, 2014


Welcome to our first grade newsletter! We are glad you are stopping by to see the great learning that is taking place in our classrooms! We are having a lot of fun getting ready for the holidays by using holiday books and activities when possible. Check below for an update! We hope our newsletter gives you a glimpse into your student's lives inside the classroom.

Don't forget about our RUCK for kids that we are currently doing at Peterson. We can help bring smiles to a ton of kids and families who have to spend the holidays in the hospital this year by bringing unused/new toys for RUCK! Today our RUCK soldiers came by to visit the classrooms and remind us the importance of giving back.

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Don't Forget!

Make sure to have your child bring their guided reading books back to school with them every day to continue to work on reading in the classroom. They should be reading every night!

Log your books read at home on your Million Word Challenge Reading Log located in your BEE folder. Our next first grade goal will be 60 books. Only logged books will count towards the challenge. We are excited to see how many books our students are reading every week, and especially, over our break!!

The Penguin Patch preview will be throughout the week of December 8-12. During that time your child will bring home information about when they can purchase items from the Penguin Patch!

Holiday Parties will be in the afternoon on Friday, December 19th. Your student's teacher will send home information soon for more information!

Reader's, Writer's, Social Studies

This week we got ready for our Polar Express Day! All week we predicted what would happen next in the story, sequenced the events, and wrote about the beginning, middle, and end. We also learned about quotation marks and how to use them when writing about conversations. Our first graders had an awesome time watching The Polar Express and comparing the movie to the book.

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Math Workshop

In math workshop we discussed the concept of containers being full or empty and the meaning of capacity. Students were able to see the difference in something being full, empty, almost full, or almost empty. Next week we will start practicing doubles and doubles plus one! Check out this fun doubles rap!

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In science we learned all about natural resources! A natural resource is anything from nature that people can use. Students discussed air, water, rocks, and soil and how all of these natural resources are useful products. Ask your students at home what useful products we talked about in class and see if they can add anything to our natural resource list!