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Third Quarter Events:
  • 1/3/22 - PD (No Student Contact)
  • 1/17/22 - MLK Holiday - No School
  • 1/27 & 1/28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (1PM Dismissal)
  • 2/18/22 - PD (No Student Contact)
  • 2/21/22 - Presidents' Day - No School
  • 3/1/22 - Class Photo Day + Spring Individual
  • 3/18/22 - Early Release (1PM Dismissal)

Content Matters:
Math - 
  • Unit 5 Geometry and Fractions: We will analyze the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes and develop and understanding of their properties using formal geometric language; we will compose 2D shapes by joining 2, 3, or 4 figures to produce a target shape in more than one way; we will partition 2D figures into two and four fair shares/equal parts; we will read and understand fractions representing halves, thirds, and quarters; we will count and add our fractional parts. 
  • Unit 6 Time and Measurement: We will name the parts of a clock and describe its role in telling time to the hour and half hour; we will tell time to the hour and half hour; we will explore measuring length with various tools and in different ways; we will compare and order sets of objects  from shortest to longest and longest to shortest; we will learn the skill of marking our spot.

Writing skills - How-to writing, writer's voice, opinion writing, informative writing, personal narrative, report writing. 
Reading & Spelling Skills - Plural nouns, nouns & pronouns, sister sounds (/b/, /p/, /t/, /d/) root words and endings, statements and questions, alternate sounds for /f/ and /v/, exclamation points, spelling alternative for /l/, adjectives, spelling alternatives for /s/, /c/, /j/, /w/, /ng/, & /n/, syllabication (blending and segmenting two-syllable words), building sentences (adj. & prepositions)


Spelling:  First grade will fully implement a word study program called Words Their Way this year. Words Their Way is an individualized program for student preschool through high school which targets your child’s stage of spelling and helps him/her grow to become a better speller, reader, and writer!  This program allows students to participate in engaging, hands-on activities to explore, examine, and make discoveries about word patterns and meanings. In our classroom, the students will be working with others who are within the same spelling stage.  Your child will sort the words and have discussions about what they notice about the spelling patterns.  Each student has a word work baggie they will use to do their word sorting activities each day.  After working with a sort over the course of a week, students will be assessed.  The assessment will consist of 8 words from their word sort.  Your student will need to pass this assessment with 75% accuracy on the targeted skill(s) to move on to the next sort.  Your child will come home with his/her word on Monday in his/her STAR Homework folder.  This needs to be practiced and returned each school day.  I will also post and email some tips and strategies for home study of these lists as well.  Thank you for reviewing the list and talking about the words and spelling pattern with your child. This will greatly support and maximize your child’s learning in the classroom!

Domain - 
  • Astronomy: In this domain, students will be introduced to the solar system—our home in space. They will learn that Earth, the planet on which we live, is just one of many different celestial bodies within the solar system. They will learn how the sun, the stars, the moon, and the other planets relate to the earth (given its position in space). In the early read-alouds, students will learn that the sun is a giant star as well as a source of light, heat, and energy for the earth. They will also learn about the earth’s orbit around the sun, and how the earth’s own rotation on its axis leads to the phenomenon of day and night. Part of this domain is focused on the history of space exploration and the missions to the moon. Students will learn about NASA, the Space Race, the Apollo missions, and what it takes to be an astronaut.
  • History of the Earth: In this domain, students will learn about the geographical features of the earth’s surface. They will also learn about the inside of the earth and characteristics of its various layers. Students will learn about the shape of the earth, the North and South Poles, and the equator. Students will also learn the names of the layers of the earth—the crust, the mantle, and the core—and characteristics of each layer. Students will learn how occurrences such as volcanoes and geysers give information about the layers of the earth.
  • Animals and Habitats: This domain will introduce students to the wonder of the natural world, focusing on the interconnectedness of all living things with their physical environment and with one another. Students will learn what a habitat is and will also learn to identify specific types of habitats and their related characteristics. They will learn to recognize different plants and animals as being indigenous to specific habitats and will begin to develop an understanding of several fundamental principles of nature. They will learn, for example, that animals and plants typically live in those habitats to which they are best suited, often developing unique characteristics or features that enable them to specifically adapt to the climate and conditions of a given environment. They will also be introduced to simple classifications of animals according to the types of food they eat and will begin to understand the notion of a food chain.