Mrs. Parakilas

Welcome to Mrs. Parakilas's Class!

Specials Schedule:
A Day-Art       B Day-P.E.       C Day-Music     D Day-Library


Dear Parents,

Happy Spring! The next few months are busy ones for the first graders with many new and exciting units of study. Here are some highlights from first grade this month!

Reading-We will be finishing our unit on joining our characters on their adventures and getting the know them through their actions and feelings.  The students have been great detectives looking for clues in how their characters look in the pictures, how they act, and how they talk. We have also been on the lookout for messages and lessons within the stories we are reading.  The kids are making connections between books based on what lessons or messages come up. It could be “friends help each other out”, “don’t give up”, or simply “be kind”.

We will soon move on to Questioning and Wondering while reading our texts.  Students will listen to stories and be given the opportunity to ask relevant questions before, during and after hearing the text.  This strategy helps them to set a purpose for their reading and helps them be more thoughtful readers.  Students will be keeping track of their questions and will be able to share them with their classmates. In nonfiction, students will also be learning to identify the main idea of a text and locating supporting details.

Writing- This month will be wrapping up our unit on “How To” writing and starting our unit on writing to share our opinions. The students will learn to independently plan and write a piece to share and explain an opinion.  Instruction will focus on including an introduction and conclusion that shows an awareness of audience. Students will also learn to use multiple details to elaborate on and support their opinions.

Math- Students continue to build number sense and gain fluency with addition and subtraction to 20.  Students will use the number rack to model and solve number combinations and story problems of all types.  In the process, they learn how to write and solve equations that involve unknowns in all positions and determine whether addition and subtraction equations are true or false.

Students will also have a chance to exercise their critical thinking and problem solving skills while measuring and comparing the heights and lengths of various objects.

Science-Sometime in the second half of April, caterpillars will be arriving in first grade!  As part of our science unit on life cycles, we will be observing them as they transform into butterflies.  Goals for the unit include understanding the different stages of a butterfly’s life and understanding the needs of all living creatures.  Children will also gain skills in observing, describing and recording observations as they watch the changes in the caterpillars.  They will make connections and comparisons with the growth of other living things.

Strategic Plan-To support the school strategic planning process this month, the students will focus on the following high leverage skills to support higher order thinking:

*construct arguments for specific purposes incorporating data, definitions, and established results

*listen, view, or read arguments and render opinions supported by information and/or experiences

Important Dates:

April 5th - Field Trip to Clark Park 9:00-10:30am

April 6st - PTO Sponsored Family Dance Party  6:30-8:00pm

April 11th - Cultural Arts Performance  2:00pm

April 13th - 1:00 dismissal for students

April 16-20 - Spring Recess

April 23 and 24 - School IS in Session