First Grade

Welcome to First Grade

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Mrs. Whitney Bellomo

Miss Megan Gibbs   

What is Happening in First Grade This Month:

Reminder: Marking Period 2 Ends on January 16th

Important Dates:

January 12th - Dress like a Snowman Day

Byrnes Health Center visits First Grade

January 15th - No School (MLK Jr. Day)

January 16th - Early Dismissal

No Name Calling Week – January 22nd - 26th

Monday – “Sock it to Bullying” – Wear colorful/crazy socks.

Tuesday – “Stand up Against Bullying” – Dress like a superhero.

Wednesday – “Keep the Peace” – Wear tie-dye, peace signs, or colorful clothing.

Thursday – “Patriotic Day” – Wear red, white, and blue, or camo.

Friday - “Team up Against Bullying” – Wear team or sports clothing.


During January, we will be reading books written by Helen Lester and Jan Brett. While reading their books, we will be practicing comparing and contrasting by finding similarities and differences.  We will also discuss the characters in the stories we read and talk about how we can describe them using different character traits. Some character traits we will learn about are: arrogant, calm, pessimistic, cautious, optimistic, considerate, inconsiderate, cowardly, courageous, cruel, dependable, undependable, fearless, ferocious, gullible, humble, loyal, mischievous, miserable, and wise. Try using these words at home!

Word Study

We will continue adding words to our word wall, as well as investigating three new word families. 

Word families for this month: -y, -ake, and -ide 


We will begin the month by writing book reviews! We will try to convince our friends to read our favorite books by stating our opinions and providing a lot of reasons to support that opinion. We will also be publishing our favorite book review. Toward the end of the month, we will transition into writing realistic fiction stories!


In math, we are working on place value. We are using ten frames, sticks of 10, and dimes to practice counting by tens. We will then add in pennies and ones blocks to count ten and the extra! By doing this, we will begin to understand place value and how the value of a number changes depending on its position within a larger number.  We will also continue to use the Xtra Math program.  Don’t forget to have your child log on at home for extra practice with fact fluency!

Math Vocab Words: equal to (=), greater than (>), hundred, less than (<), ones, regroup, tens, add, ones, subtract

Science/Social Studies

We will begin a space unit about the sun, stars, earth, moon, and the other planets. We will discuss seasonal patterns, and the students will identify the phases of the moon. This is one of our favorite science units!


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