First Grade Week at a Glance

Whole Group Reading

This upcoming week we will be doing our book study with the book "Hey, Little Ant!" by Hannah Hoose and Phillip M. Hoose. The students will use their comprehension skills to explore this book. 

Students will:

  • Visualize
  • Connect
  • Infer
  • Discover the Author's Purpose
  • Form an Opinion


This week the students will continue writing in their number scrolls (some students are in the 500's), practice their addition and subtraction facts, find numbers 10 more and 10 less on the 100's chart, build two digit numbers and find out how many more to the next ten. 


In the upcoming chapter students will learn more about what we say and do at Mass. 

The children will learn:

  • We gather to worship God.
  • We listen to God's Word.
  • Our gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.


Earth Day is Sunday, April 22! The students will learn about how we can take care of our beautiful Earth that God created. The students will define reduce, reuse, recycle. 

First Grade Math Strategies

Here are our strategies we use to solve addition and subtraction! 

  • count on fingers
  • use manipulatives
  • draw a picture
  • use a number line
  • count forward (addition) or back (subtraction)
  • make a 10

First Grade Spelling April 23-27

Spelling Rule: Long vowel u spelled ew

  • new
  • dew
  • few
  • flew
  • grew
  • brew
  • drew
  • crew
  • stew
  • blew

First Grade Book-in-a-Bag


When your child comes home with a Book-in-a-Bag, please have your child read it to you at least 3 times. Reading the story multiple times, helps your child with reading fluently. When your child practices fluency we look for reading at a good steady pace, reading with expression, and reading with appropriate volume. You can model proper reading fluency when you read to your child at home. 

After your child reads to their the Book-in-a-Bag, please write the date, the title of the book and sign your name on the back of the letter inside the bag. When your child returns the Book-in-a-Bag, your child will receive a sticker on their chart here in the classroom, and a new book will be sent home. The more books your child practices, the better of a reader your child will become. :)

Here are some tips to guide your child as they are reading to you. It is important to have beginning readers use their "magic pointer finger" to track their reading. Tracking is important because it allows the reader to stay focused and keep track of where they are reading. We talk about how when readers use their "magic pointer finger" to read, the word magically travels from their finger, up their arm, to their heart and into their brain to help them remember the word.

There will be tricky words when your child reads, and we need to equip them with tools on how to figure out that tricky word. Below are the tools we use to help us with a tricky word.

Tricky Word Tools

EAGLE EYE - Use the picture clues.
LIPS THE FISH -  Get your lips ready by saying the beginning sound of the word.
STRETCHY SNAKE - Stretching out the word slowly and say faster each time.
Example: bat = /b/ -/a/-/t/, /ba/-/t/, bat!
CHUNKY MONKEY - Find chunks or little words inside tricky word. 
Example: stand, notice the word "and" is inside the of "stand"
SKIPPY FROG - Skip tricky word, try again after reading the sentence.
FLIPPY DOLPHIN - Flip the vowel sound.
TRYIN' LION - Try a different and keep on trying!

  • Thank you for your support and cooperation at home! 

Ms. Kennedy