Monthly Newsletter

February 2020

March 2020

Dear First Grade Families,


WOW!  More than 100 days of school have passed.  The year is going by quickly!    Did your child tell you about our 101st day of school activities?  We had so much fun!  As we begin marking period 3, the students are required to do more work independently, which also means starting to read directions and assessments on their own.  If your child is not already completing homework independently, now is a good time to encourage your child to read directions on their own, complete the task on their own and then an adult will check it over.  Please remember to ask your child how he / she arrived at an answer.  This is essential in showing an understanding of concepts. 


We will continue the same homework from previous months.  Always look for a math worksheet and complete the assignments in the Word Work notebook as outlined on the inside front cover.  Please remember to review the addition and subtraction flashcards regularly.


In addition to these daily assignments, please read with your child 10-30 minutes a day.  Feel free to use the books from your child’s bag of books to practice reading and comprehending at their level.  Your child has also received a username to read on so please help your child use this wonderful website where they can read books at their own level and then take comprehension quizzes at the end.


Please make sure ALL homework is checked and initialed by a grown-up and returned the next day. If your child is absent and has their word work book at home, please have your child complete the next assignment.


Here is a look at the skills we will be focusing on in March:



We will continue doing Readers and Writers Workshops.  We will begin on our next reading unit called, “Readers Have Big Jobs to Do” by reviewing previously taught skills, along with focusing on: using all different previously taught strategies to figure out unknown words, self-monitoring our reading, thinking about a story to figure out unknown words, breaking up longer unknown words part by part to figure them out, using the strategy of analogy by solving new words by recalling one that looks familiar, practicing reading with fluency, rereading to understand our books, making mental images, keeping track of who’s talking (the dialogue) as we read, and making inferences.  For Writers Workshop, we will begin our “Poetry and Songs” writing unit, where the focus will be writing poems and songs.  In this unit, we will review previously taught skills, along with focusing on: different types of songs and poems, drawing on familiar songs to write their own, conveying thoughts and feelings through songs and poems, elaborating on topics, and revising and editing with careful attention to detail.  In addition, we will work on Unit 10 in Fundations with learning the concept of blending and reading words with 5 sounds (+ suffix ‘s’), segmenting and spelling words with 5 sounds (+ suffix ‘s’), adding suffix ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ to unchanging basewords with closed syllables, and vowel team sounds: oa, oe, ow, ou, oo, ue, ew, au, aw.  Also, we will begin Unit 11 with long vowel sounds for vowel-consonant-e.



We will continue to do the calendar as part of our daily routine, which includes the date, the days of the week, the months of the year, patterns, and counting the days using hundreds, tens, and ones. Also, we will order objects by length, use the Transitivity Principle to measure indirectly, measure length using nonstandard units, make a nonstandard measuring tool to measure length, solve measurement problems using the strategy “act it out,” write times to the hour and half hour shown on analog clocks, tell times to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks and use the hour hand to draw and write times on analog and digital clocks.  



**Science / Social Studies**

~ Read Across America / Dr. Seuss's Birthday
~ Animal groups and life cycles
~ Insects
~ Holidays:  St. Patrick’s Day
~ Spring


Please practice the mentioned skills and the sight words at home with your child.  Please read with your child daily, as well.  Thank you for your help!!!  Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns – 




Thank you,

Ms. Rahal :)