Mrs. Donelson's Blog

Dearborn Public Schools

   Jun 15

End of the Year Awards-More Pictures

Here are some pictures with our students of the month and bucket fillers for March, April, May and June.  Great job first grade students!

These students worked hard this year and really improved their reading score on NWEA.  They performed in the 70th percentile. Awesome readers!

The following students performed in the 70th percentile on math NWEA.  Wonderful job!

I am so proud of all you my first graders!  Everyone in my class has improved and grown tremendously in first grade.  Keep on reading this summer, do some math, and go outside and play and have fun.  Be safe!

I will miss all of you!


Mrs. Donelson

   Jun 15

End of the Year Awards

Here are some photos from the end of the year awards ceremony.

These are the first grade students that did well on the Math NWEA. Great job mathematicians!

These are the students that did well on Reading NWEA.  Awesome readers!

These students are Bucket fillers for March, April, May and June.  These students make sure that they are nice and helpful to everyone.  Way to go bucket fillers!

These are the first grade students of the month for March, April, May and June.  Great job everyone!


   Jun 09

Last Week of School, 2018

Next week,  students should not bring their backpacks to school.  We sent everything home with them on Friday.  If you find anymore books that belong to the school, please return them as soon as possible.

Lunch on Monday will be:

First choice: Halal hamburger

Second choice: cheese pocket

Have a great weekend!

   Jun 09

Field Trip Pictures

Thank you very much to all the mothers that were able to come with us on this wonderful field trip.  Without your help, these field trips would not be possible. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Here are some photos:

In this picture we are posing by an old fashion car.

Here we are right next to the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.

The kids are sitting by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a car shaped like a hot dog.

The children are posing by the first powered aircraft made by the Wright brothers.

   Jun 04

Week of June 4

Here is what we are doing this week:


  1. big
  2. bigger
  3. biggest
  4. quick
  5. quicker
  6. quickest
  7. jump
  8. jumper
  9. jumping
  10.  shall


Reading:  Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Writing:  Write narratives in which students recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Math: Review for unit 10 will come home as homework.  Test will be this Thursday.

Science:  We are learning about animal and plant needs, and heredity.

Social Studies: Test on “Past, Present, Future”, national holidays, using a calendar, and comparing life now with life in the past.

   May 30

Field Trip Tomorrow, May 31!


Tomorrow is our field trip to the  Henry Ford Museum. Please make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothes. They will also need a bagged lunch (disposable) with a drink.  You may wish to add a bottle of water, but no glass please.

Students: Wear your Miller T-shirts!

If you have volunteered and paid for a ticket for yourself, please come to our classroom by 8:45 a.m. no later than 9:00 a.m.  You will also need to bring a lunch. Thanks again for helping us. We appreciate it!


The First Grade Team

   May 27

Week of May 28

Here is what we are doing this week:

Spelling:   wood , stood, took ,  foot,  book, cook,  pick, kind, early, own

Reading: In reading we will describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.  We will compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

Writing: We are working on narrative writing where students will include a topic sentence, at least 2 details and a conclusion.

Math:  We will learn to use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problem involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

We will also add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten; decomposing a number leading to a ten; using the relationship between addition and subtraction; and creating equivalent but easier or known sums.

Science: In science we are looking at animal needs, and we will collect animals that can live in our terrariums.

Social Studies: We are going to use historical records and artifacts (e.g., photos, diaries, oral histories, and videos) to draw possible conclusions about family or school life in the past. We will also compare life today with life in the past using the criteria of family, school, jobs, or communication.

Field Trip this Thursday!  Don’t forget to pack a lunch with a plastic water bottle.  Also, please wear comfortable clothing.  We will be walking most of the day.

   May 20

Week of May 21

NWEA testing:  We will finish math testing this week.  Please make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before coming to school.  This will help them focus and do well on the test.  


.  moon, tooth, balloon, room, broom, pool, hold, warm, full, done

Reading:  We are starting a new unit on non-fiction stories.  We will retell stories and look for central message or lesson.

Writing:  We will work on narrative writing.

Math: In math we will finish unit 9 and take the end of the unit test.  Homework this week will be the review for the test.

Science: Plants and animal needs

Social Studies:  Learning about the past, American holidays and why we celebrate them.

No school Friday, Memorial Day.  Have a great holiday!

   May 16

NWEA Testing

We have started taking the NWEA test.  Please talk to your child about the importance of taking their time on the test and doing their best.  Also, please make sure that your child goes to bed at 8 p.m and has a healthy breakfast before the test.

Thank you so much for your help!

Here is a video to help your child review synonyms.

   May 12

Week of May 14

Monday:  We will have our Field Day on Monday May 14.  Please make sure that your child is wearing tennis shoes with socks and comfortable clothing for jumping and doing lots of fun activities.  Please wear a hat and sunscreen, and watch the weather! 🙂


1. eat
2. seat
3. please
4. leaf
5. treat
6. read
7. myself
8. keep
9. drink
10. only

Reading:We will identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.  We will also know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.

Writing:  We will continue writing opinion pieces with a topic sentence, 3 reasons and a closing sentence.

Math: Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.

Science:We are learning about animal needs.

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about the past, and we will compare family and school life in the past with life today.

***Pizza sale every Monday in the Cafeteria.


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