Happy Autumn!

Posted by Clarke McGibben on 9/24/2021 4:10:00 PM

Hello First Grade Families, 

Happy Autumn! This week, the children created beautiful fall leaves from construction paper. We will be adding them to our branches in the classroom to bring the season inside with us! Below are a few reminders and updates on what we have been learning. 


  1. Field Trip- This upcoming Wednesday, September 29th to the PEAS Farm. We will leave our school, on walking feet, around 9:45am and will return in time for lunch. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather and has a mask (and a spare!). 
  2. Picture day is October 4th!
  3. Special next week is Library. As always, please be sure your reader is bringing their library books back at the beginning of every week. 
  4. Happy birthday to Grace on Wednesday!


In ELA this week we continued our Stellaluna unit. We added new vocabulary words and discussed the differences between informational and literary texts. In addition, we reviewed the elements of a story and learned about the central message of a story, or, what the author is trying to teach us. We have been practicing our “Magic “c” letters” which are those that are all formed by making a c first (a, c, d, g, o, and q). For work on writing, we wrote letters to someone. Children crafted beautiful letters, some in appreciation, some in reflection. We also started our IRLA assessments to determine where each reader is, what we can work on this year, and what books would best fit them! Readers created a “Roll and Read” game with short “a” and short “i” words such as cat, man, tin, fit, etc. Try to play a few times with your child over the next week! Noticing these patterns in words will greatly improve their decoding and fluency skills when reading. 

In math this week, we learned about doubles and near doubles. For example, 2 + 2 is a double because both addends are the same. 2 + 3 is a near double because one of the addends is one more or one less than the other. We can easily solve a near double because we will memorize the double that is close to it, then add one. We can think of 2 + 3 as 2 + 2 + 1. To help us memorize these math facts we created a flip game! When your child brings these home, please support them in memorizing these math facts. This will help them solve harder problems in the future!


As always, thank you for sharing your scholar with me!


Ms. McGibben