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fabulous-first-grade-headerWelcome to Ms. Landers class! You can contact me at

Weekly Schedule
Monday: Music
Tuesday: Spanish
Wednesday: Spanish
Thursday: Computer & Gym
Friday: Art



-Chapter 23 Religion Assessment on Thursday! (5/11)
– Scholastic Book Orders Due by 5/15 (Online Code- NHWTP)

Readers Response Schedule:

Monday: Kamally, Ryan, Quintin

Tuesday: Victor, Jonathan, Lily, Avery, Adam, Isabella

Wednesday: Kai, Anna, Sarah, Emily, Ashley, Bobby

Thursday: Joseph, Ava, Gio, Dilan

Weekly Letter 5.1.17

Posted on May 9, 2017

I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather was just beautiful. As the weather continues to get warmer please remember to adhere to the uniform policy. Please search in your child’s green folder for a notice that came home about SPIRIT WEEK, which begins Monday, May 8th. Students were so excited when I talked about it this afternoon.

Reading & Writing

This week we are continuing with our engineering design unit. Students were put into groups today and given a final task. Some of those finals tasks included building a bridge, vehicle, or home out of the materials given. Students loved coming up with a plan and seeing if their plan worked. We are also learning how to work together as a group!

In our writing unit students will begin brainstorming ideas for their very own “how to” book. Today we started reading books that focused on the process of how to do something. For example, “how to brush your teeth” or “how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich”. Students were eager to shout out that they saw the sequencing words: first, next, then, last.


This week we will begin Chapter 10: Represent Data. During this chapter, the students will learn how graphs and charts help them organize, represent, and interpret data. The students will learn about a picture graph and a bar graph, as well as how to use tally marks to make a tally chart. When working with graphs and chart, students have a high level of curiosity and many questions to ask. This will be a fun and interactive chapter that the students will enjoy!

Reminders & Announcements:

-First grade Gala Event- Thursday, May 4th 3:15-5:15. If you would like to sign up please fill out and return the form that was sent home.

-First Friday Noon Dismissal –Friday, May 5th

Queens Botanical Gardens Trip Monday May 8th. Students may wear their gym uniforms! J

 Scholastic Book Orders Due May 15th

 -Readers Responses– Students have come so far with their reader’s responses! Please continue to ask your child to add DEATAIL and try to fill up those lines ☺. We have been working to make our writing more interesting.

Weekly Letter 4.24.17

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Welcome to the last week of April!!! I’m sure you are all ready for some May flowers ☺I hope you all had a fabulous vacation. The students were so excited to share what they did over the break. They sure had a lot of fun! Please read below to find out what we will be studying this week…

Reading & Writing:

This week we will begining a mini unit. This unit is about Engineering Design where students will begin to focus on simple machines! We will start the week by watching BrainPop videos about the 6 simple machines we have. These machines are everywhere! The 6 simple machines are screw, lever, wheel and axle, wedge, pulley, and inclined plane. Over the next couple of days students will be looking around our classroom and school for examples of these simple machines.

Since it is the last week of April we are wrapping up our poetry unit! This week we will finish with color poems! Color poems have students use their senses to describe what their color may be. For example…


Red is the stripes I see on the American Flag

Red is the new crayon I see in a box

Red is the apple that I eat

Red tastes like…

Red smells like…

Our spelling focus this week is “oo” spelling pattern. This pattern makes two different sounds. One sound is what we hear when we say “book” and another sound is what we hear when we say “moon”. We are learning how to know the difference when spelling words with these similar sounds. Our formal assessment will be Friday so please review each night!


This week in math we are continuing with chapter 9! This week we will be exploring time a little more. Students tend to mix up the hour and minute hand so please help us at home by asking students to read the time on the clock. Our main focus is o’clock and half past ____. Our assessment will be on Tuesday, May 2nd. A study guide will go home on Friday.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Scholastic book orders due by Friday
  • Zoo permission slip (which will go home on Tuesday) and money due ASAP!

Weekly Letter 4.10.17

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A Couple of Quick of Reminders:

  • On Wednesday, we will be having a special Lenten Prayer Service at 10:00am. All are welcome to join!
  • Queens Botanical Garden-Please send in your permission slip and $11 A.S.A.P. They were due today!
  • Scholastic Book Orders: Due May 1st.
  • Easter Break: Begins Thursday, April 13. Classes resume on Monday, April 24th.
  • There is no homework to do over break. However, please make sure your child continues to read each day! J
  • Lastly, I wish you and your family a happy and blessed Easter!

Weekly Letter 4.3.17

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Happy Spring! Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather today. The students had so much fun at recess J! Our class has been working hard on our geography unit. We have started our Me On The Map Book and are figuring out our place in the world! Please continue to practice your address and phone number, it is very important. Please read below to find out all the wonderful things we will be doing during the first week of April!

Reading & Writing:

This week, students will be putting their map skills to the test! Students will be creating a map of our classroom after we read the story Mapping Penny’s World. Students are responsible for creating a map key with simple symbols, including a compass rose, and making their maps according to scale.

This week students will continue to work on their reading responses. I am noticing that many students are just giving 2 sentences for their responses and not answering in complete sentences. I would like to see detail! I will model for students what it means to add detail into our writing. If you could encourage this at home it would be greatly appreciated J

Happy poetry month!!! First grade works with poems all year long, especially in our morning meeting, but this month students will have a chance to create their own poems. Each week of April we will focus on a different type of poem. This week we will be looking at what a sensory poem is. Children by the end of the week will be writing their own sensory poem focusing on one of the seasons. Next week we will create our own acrostic poem! By the end of the month we will be poets!


Students this week are learning about “ou” words that make the “ow” sound just like the words we learned last week. During our word work centers, we will be sorting words based on the letters that the word has. For example, the words flower and our, make the same sound, but have different vowels in the middle. This skill will take some time to understand.


This week we will be having a chapter 8 assessment on Tuesday! On Wednesday this week we will be starting chapter 9: measurement! Students will work with square tiles and paper clips to measure various items around our classroom. Our measurements are just estimations because we aren’t using a standard form of measurement we are using nonstandard.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Friday is a noon dismissal!
  • Botanical Gardens permission slip due April 10th
  • Scholastic orders are due by April 10th
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