Mrs. Black, Mrs. Fanuel,
First Grade News - May
May delivers several interesting
experiences for celebrating, growing,
and learning! We continue to have many
exciting activities planned to keep us
as busy as bees. Our science and
social studies topics include: building
structures, citizenship, weather,
Motherís Day, and Memorial Day.
Through implementation of our Reading
Wonders program, students meet the New
Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).
Our reading instruction includes many
elements: guided reading, literacy
centers, shared reading, independent
reading, shared writing, grammar,
independent writing, and a read aloud
component. We continue to lay the
groundwork for literacy success in the
years to come.
First Grade Unit 6 components include
key foundational skills and practice of
high-frequency words and phonics.
Spelling tests are given most Fridays.
Students will learn to reread, predict,
retell key details, and make connections
while reading as comprehension
strategies. Look for the weekly
communication sheets that are sent home
for extra practice and reinforcement in
spelling and vocabulary. We are also
review basic words, complete our
school-wide sight words assessments, and
grow individual word lists.
We will continue to develop our skills
to complete a procedural text,
engage in prewriting strategies,
problem and solution pieces, and
begin writing a report. The
children anticipate starting their May
We will start Chapter 11 soon. In this
chapter, we will learn about
three-dimensional shapes. We will learn
how to make objects and larger shapes
from other shapes. In Chapter 12 we
will describe and combine
two-dimensional shapes. We will learn
about equal shares, halves, and fourths.
refer to the student calendar for all of
the important and fun-filled events our
school has planned for the children.
Field Day information will soon follow.
Our field trip to the Turtle Back Zoo is
scheduled. Look for a permission slip
and lunch form in your childís folder
soon. The zoo awaits our arrival. We
hope to visit their newest members, the
As the warmer weather approaches and
outdoor play increases, please review
some safety rules to keep
children safe including: bike/scooter
rules (wear a helmet!), checking for
ticks, poison ivy, and stranger
awareness. Remember flip-flops
be worn to school. Children
sneakers on gym days.
Happy Motherís Day to all!