Mrs. Black, Mrs. Fanuel,
February proved to be an exciting month
for our first grade students. We
hope your child shared all the wonderful
details about the fun we had learning
together. Social studies and science
topics include: Dr. Seuss, animal
characteristics, St. Patrick’s Day, and
weather. We will welcome spring and the
arrival of daylight savings!
Through implementation of our Reading
Wonders program, students meet the
common core curriculum standards. 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 4 and
Unit 5 components include key
foundational skills and practice of
high-frequency words and phonics.
Spelling tests are given most Fridays.
Students will learn to make connections
while reading as a comprehension
strategy. Look for the weekly
communication sheets that are sent home
for extra practice and reinforcement in
spelling and vocabulary. We are also
reviewing basic words, completing our
school-wide sight words assessments, and
growing our individual word lists.
Please record nightly reading
on our “Shamrock” Reading Log. Return
this sheet at the end of the month to
earn an incentive. Be sure to write any
titles of books that your child loved.
Children engage in various
methods of the writing process,
including sequencing stories, and
responding to literature. They also
complete journal assignments and
creative writing activities as prompted.
Please follow the spelling routines
homework sheet for suggested methods for
word building practice. It is important
to build a strong foundation of spelling
Look for the family letter in your
child’s folder with details about
Chapter 8 concepts. We will work with
two-digit addition and subtraction
strategies. Thank you for your support
with homework completion and assistance
reinforcing daily concepts.
We encourage you to use the Think
Central - Go Math! link and password at
home. Your child has assignments
available in the
Personal Math Trainer, and the library
has entertaining and familiar practice
games such as Mega Math and Curious
need to be returned each day with
completed homework assignments.
Help your child to return his/her
library book on the day it is due.
March is Read-aloud month. If you would
like to volunteer to read in the
classroom, please send a note.