What a fun February first grade is having.  We have made predictions about what we think Punxsutawney Phil did on Groundhog Day and we learned about shadows. 

We will be looking more at our weather and use our winter senses for observations and for writing.   We will be celebrating the 100th day of school.  We will work on our literacy and math skills around the number 100!  We are so proud of everything our first graders have accomplished in the first 100 days of school and can’t wait to see how much they grow as learners and students for the rest of the year.   All year long first grade has discussed the importance of friendship and the characteristics of being a good friend.  We encourage our students to be kind to others every day, and we will pay close attention to being kind in February and especially on Valentine’s Day.   First graders will become familiar with historical figures such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and their importance in history.  February is dental health month, and we will read and discuss how to keep our teeth healthy. 

In Math we are practicing double facts and place value with tens and ones.  We have begun to work on addition and subtraction with teen numbers.  We are reading and solving math story problems with teen numbers.  Please continue to practice math facts for fluency with your child at home.  You can give them equations in the car or while you are making dinner or to wind down at bed time.  Or have them ask you equations and give them a wrong answer and see if they can catch you!

First grade is working on our phonics skills daily. We are continuing to work on words with suffix s and glued sounds.   These skills are important to the improvement of reading and writing. Please help your child with their handwriting whenever possible.  The letters should be formed according the fundations guidelines.    Please keep these reading strategies in mind when working at home with your child:  1. Look at the picture for cues 2. Get your mouth ready  3. Sound the word out (tap the letter sounds)  4. Look for chunks ( or smaller words inside larger ones)        5. Ask what would make sense  6. Cover up part of the word  7. Try a different vowel sound 8. Think of a rhyming word that looks the same (“If I know cat then I know bat”).   Ask your child to tell you about what they just read; who are the characters, where is the setting, what was the problem and solution.  Have them tell you what happened first, next, then and last.  Ask what they think the author was teaching with the story. 

First Graders worked very hard on being informational writers.  They practiced making non-fiction books with a table of contents, headings, labeled diagrams, and plenty of facts!  We worked on using our words and pictures to give details to our writing.  We are now working on opinion writing.  We now work as reviewers and try to convince our readers.  We are reviewing many things such as restaurants, toys, games, vacations, and movies.   Students are giving several reasons why someone should go to Koto, or buy a fun family game, or go to New York for a trip. 

Thank you all for your support in helping your child become life- long readers! 

Mrs. Brown

Mrs Novicki


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(1) Look at the picture for cues.

(2) Get your mouth ready.

(3) Sound the word out - tap the letter sounds.

(4) Look for chunks - or smaller words inside larger ones.

(5) Ask what would make sense.

(6) Cover up part of the word.

(7) Try a different vowel sound.

(8) Think of a rhyming word that looks the same - “If I know cat then I know bat.”