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Week 4 —

September 24, 2018 by Jami Rowlett

Hello First Grade Families,

Our third week of school started off strong with the MAPS reading test.  I am looking forward to seeing my students growth throughout the school year.

Important reminders/information:

  • Picture day is September 25.  The pamphlet was sent home in your child’s binder last week.
  • Please continue to label your child’s personal items with his/her first and last name.  
  • Scholastic book orders–  A Scholastic Book club order will be coming home this week. You may order online or shop the catalog and send in a check.  Our code to link to our class is HLFMD. You may order on line anytime during the school year with this code.
  • Homework- Please remember to read for 20 minutes each night and practice math facts for 10 minutes.  Your first grader may bring home a sight word list to practice.  These should be included in the 20 minutes of reading and not be extra.  Don’t forget to date and initial the homework log.

Last week in first grade:

  • We found the secret stories in our friends names.  We practiced double consonants, the cool guys (ey/ay), ew, and the crazy drivers (er, ir, ur).
  • We practiced counting syllables in our names and other words.
  • We wrote words with short vowel sounds.
  • In Tribes, we finished building our community by interviewing our friends and writing sentences about their likes and dislikes.
  • We learned how to show appreciation for our friends and wrote bucket fillers to classmates.

This week in first grade:

  • We will continue to find the secret stories in our friends names and practice letter formation.
  • We will review short vowel sounds and write examples of words with those short sounds.
  • We will learn the rules for listening to reading and word work.  This will be the first week we use all Daily 5 activities.
  • We will begin an opinion study about apples.
  • We will review how to use format matters in the classroom- restate the question in our answer and speak like a scholar.


A Math Message from Miss Garcia

We worked hard comparing numbers up to 20 using greater than, less than and equal to.  The students counted a given group of objects, counted on from a given number and finished a pattern in a sequence.  The first graders counted 10 frames to determine a given number and tell how many numbers were “empty.” We used a fun website in class for practice using 10 frames.  I have linked the activity below; remember we are still working on the Blog so I hope that you can click on the link below and it will bring you to an activity using 10 frames.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Rowlett  and Miss Garcia