Classroom Newsletter

First Grade Happenings

Friday, March 17, 2017


Reading:  We started character book clubs this week.  Students were put into groups to read several books with the same character.  The group talked about the books, described their character, and compared/contrasted the character’s adventures in each book.  They enjoyed working together and getting to read some very fun books together!  Our sight words this week were: dad, hide, almost, dog, and anything. 


Writing:  We continued to write poetry this week.  We focused on using comparisons in our writing.  We are also working toward not telling a story but instead using poetic language. 


Math:  We continued with our geometry focus this week by studying triangles and circles.  We did some work with fractions as well.  Please note that first grade students do not learn fraction notation, but that we use the oral language to describe what we are seeing.  For example they do not learn ¼ but they will use the word fourth.  At the end of the week we started to work with composing 2-D shapes using other 2-D shapes.  This is challenging for many students.  A great way to help with this is to have your child work on puzzles at home!  If you would like to borrow a puzzle from the classroom, please send a note with your child and I would be happy to send one home with him/her for a few days!  


Science/Social Studies:  This week we began to look at directions and compasses on maps.  We learned about north, south, east, and west.  We are practicing using those words as we locate places on maps. 


Next Week:  Next week we will be finishing up our reading and writing units.  We will be continuing to work with shapes in math.  We are also looking forward to our mini-course morning as our reward for good behavior during the third quarter. 


Star Students:  Aiden: for being precise in his placement of the hands on a clock when telling time!

                          Cyrus: for his hard work and willingness to get caught up after being out sick for several days! 


Reminders:   Sunday, March 19th from 1:30-4:00 is Family Skate at the Rollaire.  The flyer went home last week.  You will need to bring the flyer with you to the skating rink to get your free admission.  You will just have to pay for skate rentals on this day.    


The next PTA Meeting will be Monday, March 20th at 6:30.  All parents are welcome to attend and free child care is provided. 


Spring break is from March 27-31.


Wednesday, April 5 is our next Spirit Day!  Show your school spirit by wearing blue and yellow today!


Monday, April 10th is McTeacher Night.  Come and support Franklin by eating at McDonald’s tonight.  A portion of the night’s sales will go to Franklin’s PTA. 


No School Friday, April 14th



As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning!  If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me. J