Dear Parents,                        November 13, 2012

We will be finishing up theme 3 in our reading series this week.  Our reading strategy is “questioning”.  Before reading a story, we look at the cover, the title and the pictures and make a prediction about what the story will be about.  While making our predictions, we ask ourselves questions.  The comprehension skill that will help us with this reading strategy is categorizing.  Grouping things together will help us answer our questions and help us understand the story.  Our phonics focus this week is words with ‘r’ clusters and contractions with ‘s.  Our grammar focus this week will concentrate on the action part of sentences.  This week, our spelling words are from unit 13 – clusters with r.

We will be wrapping up Chapter 3 in math with our test on Friday.

In religion, we will begin a new chapter on how to pray to God, Our Father.

In science we will be focusing on owls and begin review for our test next week.

In social studies we will be focusing on Pilgrims and Native Americans. In addition we will begin work on our Readers Theatre Thanksgiving Play! Everyone will have a part and we will have a performance on Wednesday November 21st at 11:00 in our classroom.

As we are nearing the end of our first trimester a review of sight words mastered is in order! You may see past sight words coming home for a review. A way in which we are challenging our first graders is to understand the full definition of the word and how it can be used within text. Please work with your student on recognizing the word by sight (within 3 seconds) and comprehension of the word.


  • Please remind your child to bring their library book to school on Tuesday so that they may check out a new one.
  • Don’t forget PE clothes on Tuesday and Thursday!
  • Friday is a full day with Families in the afternoon!

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  Have a wonderful week!

~Miss Manning