Monthly Newsletter

January 2020

Dear First Grade Families,


Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season. 


We will continue the same homework from previous months.  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.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. 


Hybrid instruction is intended to begin Monday, February 1.


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



We will continue doing Readers and Writers Workshops. We will conclude our nonfiction reading unit called, “Learning About the World” by reviewing previously taught skills, along with focusing on: using all the different strategies to figure out unknown words, using key words to help us think and talk about the information in our books, using key words to teach others, thinking about what is important as we read and why, rereading for meaning and fluency, and reading aloud like experts by reading with feeling and drama.   We will conclude our nonfiction writing unit called, “Nonfiction Chapter Books,” where the focus is writing nonfiction books. When writing a nonfiction book, we plan, sketch and write all we know about a topic, being sure to answer questions like, who, how, why, where, and when, along with using our illustrations as teaching points in our books.  We will write nonfiction chapter books by writing a table of contents, planning and writing a chapter at a time, and writing with a lot of details. The details can include comparisons, pop-out words, onomatopoeia, and ellipses.  The nonfiction chapter books will include an introduction and a conclusion.  In addition, we will also work on Unit 7 with learning the concept of glued sounds: -ang, -ing, -ong, -ung, -ank, -ink, -onk, -unk, blending, reading, and spelling words with –ng and –nk, along with story re-telling and narrative story structure. Also, we will work on Unit 8 in Fundations with learning about consonant blends and digraph blends, blending and reading words with up to four sounds, segmenting and spelling words with up to four sounds, adding suffix s to words with four sounds, and r-controlled vowel sounds: ar, or, er, ir, ur.



We will 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 work on counting by ones and tens to extend a counting sequence to 120, using models and writing to represent equivalent forms of tens and ones, and using objects, pictures and numbers to represent ten and some more and multiples of tens.  We will also group objects to show numbers to 100 as tens and ones, solve problems using the strategy “make a model,” and read and write numerals to represent a number of 100 to 120 objects.



**Science / Social Studies**

~ Wants and Needs

~ Biographies

~ Holidays:  MLK Jr’s Birthday


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