Ms. Means


Ms. Means’ March News 2018

Important Dates for March

3/6 Love and Logic Parent Meeting
3/7 Early Release Day
3/14 Early Release Day
3/21 Early Release Day
3/23 End of Third Quarter
3/24-4/1 Spring Break

Learning Updates!

This quarter, we will continue working on our reading strategies and phonics/phonemic awareness in English Language Arts. We will continue daily spelling and handwriting lessons, and we will also be focusing strongly on fluency and reading accuracy. Here are some things that you can work on with your scholar  at home to help them:

  • Segment words (i.e. c-a-t: there are three sounds, then have student spell the sound they hear)
  • Read and write words with “What’s your name ‘e’.” (kite, late, rode, etc.)
  • Have them read, identify, and write words with digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh, ck) and blends (bl, sl, cr, tr, pr, st, sk, etc.)
  • Have them read, identify, and write words with an r-controlled vowel (car, her, storm, hurt, girl, etc.)
  • Have them show and explain the different reading strategies we have practiced while they read to you!
  • Have them reread familiar texts over and over again with lots of expression!

    In math, we have been working on tens and ones, comparison of pairs of two-digit numbers, addition and subtraction of tens, addition of tens or ones to a two-digit number, varied problem types within 20, and addition of tens and ones to a two-digit number. We will be moving to our next module soon, with more updates on that to come!

    • Give scholar a number to equal the whole (1-20), then give one part and have scholar think of the other.
    • Create or find addition/subtraction story problems for your scholar to read and solve.
    • Have them change addition sentences to subtraction sentences, and vice versa. (5+3 = 8 to 8-5=3)
    • Have them practice adding three numbers (1-10) (i.e. 3+7+5)


All scholars have been consistently using IXL, a math app on the iPad, to assist in their mastery of necessary first grade math skills. They have been given a checklist of all priority math skills, and once they have mastered the skill, it is marked as completed on the checklist! Ask your scholar how they have been doing on their checklist!


Please don’t forget to check your scholar’s backpack every night for important papers and/or homework! Also, would love to see all parents and guardians connected on our Class Dojo- it’s a great way to stay in touch and see what is going on in our classroom! Thank you for your support and as always, feel free to contact me anytime!