Weekly Letter May 23rd

I hope you all had a great weekend! Please read on to find out what class 1-1 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we are continuing with our unit about Plant and Animal Adaptations. Students will learn about 2 more habitats: grasslands and rainforests. We will explore some ways that plants and animals can adapt and survive in these interesting places.  

Spelling: This week students will be exploring what prefixes are. We will focus on the prefix re- and un-. These prefixes have different meanings and help to change the meaning of base words. We have been using this poster as a guide in our learning.

Math: This week in math we are starting Chapter 13-Time and Money. Chapter 12: measurement was a very short chapter and we will not be taking an assessment for it. This week we will be looking at the different coins and their value. This concept is a little tricky to understand at first but we will be practicing these next few days.

Religion: This week we will be learning about the Sacrament on Penance and Reconciliation. This sacrament helps us to receive God’s forgiveness and Peace.

Weekly Letter May 9th

I hope you all had a great weekend & Happy Mother’s day to all the moms! Please read on to find out what class 1-1 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we are continuing with our unit about Plant and Animal Adaptations. Students will begin the week by learning about the word: Adaptation! Plants and animals can have many physical or behavioral adaptations.

This week we will focus on the desert habitat. Students will learn about cactus plants. These plants can do some amazing things to survive! They can store gallons of water in their stems which can help them in the dry desert. They also have thorns (spines) to help protect themselves from being eaten by animals. An animal in the desert is the camel! Camels have long eye lashes, hairy ears, and closing nostrils to help keep out sand!

Phonics: Our spelling focus this week is “oi” and “oy”. You can find these sounds in words like coin and boy. Students are starting to realize that if I hear the “oy/oi” sound at the end of the word I use “oy” and if I hear it in the middle of the word I use the letters “oi”. There will be a spelling test on Friday.

Math: This week we will be finishing up chapter 11. We will be reviewing the different subtraction strategies and completing a study guide. We will have our assessment on Friday.  

Religion: This week we will be beginning chapter 19: We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness. Students will learn about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and understand that we can always come back to God and ask for forgiveness.

Weekly Letter May 2nd

Happy Monday ~ I hope you all had a great weekend! Please continue reading to learn what class 1-1 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we are starting with our new unit about Plant and Animal Adaptations. Plants will be introduced by reading many nonfiction texts to determine the lifecycle of a plant. During this unit students will be learning about the many adaptations that plants and animals use to survive in their environments. We will start our unit by reading Eric Carle’s “The Tiny Seed”.

Phonics: 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!

Math: This week we will begin Chapter 11: Use models and strategies to subtract tens. Students will practice subtracting tens, using a hundred chart to subtract, and thinking addition to help subtract.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Spelling test on Friday
  • Half Day Friday
  • American Heart Association: Kids Heart Challenge ~ Please consider signing your child up using the email sent by Mrs. Debbie this morning

Weekly Letter April 25th

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I hope you all had a relaxing break!  Please read below to find out all the wonderful things we will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week students will continue with our study on poetry. Before we left for break, we completed color poems using a color of our choice. This week we will be taking a closer look at cinquain poems. Students will choose a topic (person, place, or thing) and describe that word using verbs, adjectives, and phrases. We will be practicing this skill all week. Students are loving this writing unit!

Spelling/Phonics/Grammar: 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 activities, 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 letter patterns in the middle. This skill will take some time to understand.

Math: Today and tomorrow we will complete the final lessons in chapter 10, which will have students practice adding two digit numbers. On Wednesday, we will complete the study guide and send it home in green folders. Our chapter test is on Friday.

Religion: This week we will continue with chapter 18 and discuss ways that we can make choices as children of God. I will create different real life scenarios and have child discuss choices that they can make.

Reminders & Announcements:

  • Please try to empty green folders every night
  • Work with your child on zippering coats or even tying shoes 
  • Students should be reading for 15 minutes every night!

Weekly Letter April 4th

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Please read about what class 1-1 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue with our poetry writing. We started talking about Acrostic poems on Friday and focused on the word “spring”. This week students will practice creating their own poems and try their best to use descriptive language.

Our science unit this month is all about Engineering and Design. We learned in STEM class that engineers are people who invent, design, or maintain some sort of structure. We were put into groups and had to create a raft that would 1. float in water and 2. hold two people. We loved the challenge and learned that communication and planning were a huge part of the task. This unit will help students understand the importance of planning, creating, testing, and revising their ideas.

Phonics & Spelling: This week the phonics skill will focus on the variant vowel ow as in flower. This could be a difficult skill for the students since we already studied the “ow” that makes a long o sound, however they are beginning to incorporate these skills into their writing and it is important to instruct in this area. Please remember to review the spelling words each night!

Math: This week we will continue with chapter 10. Our next few lessons have students learn various strategies for adding two digit numbers. Today students learned that they can use mental math to help them add 10.

This week, students will also learn how to use a hundred chart to help them add. If you are adding ones you simply move to the right in a row. If you are adding tens you move down a column.

Religion: This week we will be finishing up our chapter on Baptism. We will begin chapter 18, “We are Followers of Jesus” on Wednesday. In this chapter we will be learning about the key word peacemaker and understanding that Jesus is the light of the world!

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Class 1-1 is running low on tissues. If you would like to donate it would be greatly appreciated! 

Weekly Letter March 28th

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend!  Please read below to find out all the wonderful things we will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will be finishing our “Where I Live” books. Students will understand their state and city.

Happy ALMOST 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. On Friday, we will be looking at what an acrostic poem is. Children will be writing their own acrostic poem focusing on the season Spring. Children will be asked to describe spring using adjectives/phrases.

Spelling/Phonics/Grammar: This week the spelling pattern focuses on suffixes –ly and –ful. This topic can be quite tricky for children to understand so please review each night. There will be a formal assessment on Friday!

Math: This week we will be finishing chapter 9. Study guides went home on Friday. There will be a test on Wednesday. Please continue to practice math facts daily. This will help students tremendously when we start double digit adding/subtracting. On Thursday, we will begin chapter 10: Use models and strategies to add tens and ones. Our first lesson will include adding tens by modeling.

Religion: This week we will begin chapter 17, which takes about the Sacrament of Baptism. We will be discussing the following questions: What happens at the sacrament of Baptism? What is Grace? What are the symbols of Baptism? What does water, a lighted candle, and a white garment remind us of?

Reminders & Announcements:

  • Please try to empty green folders every night
  • Work with your child on zippering coats or even tying shoes!

Weekly Letter March 21st

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We have a busy week as usual in class 1-1. Please continue to read on to see what we will be learning this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue with our unit on Geography! We will learn that we are on planet earth and there are 7 continents on earth. We will also learn that earth is mostly water! Students should begin to understand that we live in North America and our country is The United States of America. Towards the end of the week we will be talking about our city/town. Please practice your address with your child! This will be helpful when writing in our “Where I Live” books.

Every student has been assessed for reading levels. I am so proud of the progress each child has made. Please continue to read each night and ask your child questions about what they are reading to build comprehension!

Spelling & Phonics: Students this week are learning about compound words. Compound words are two words that are brought together to make one word. For example: blue + bird= bluebird rain + bow= rainbow. Something that I noticed while students were working today is that they are leaving a space between the two words. If you see this happening on homework please remind them that compound words do not need that space. Thank You!

For Tuesdays homework, please use blue and red to underline different word parts in compound word.

For example: rainbow

Math: We will continue with chapter 9, this week! We will continue to practice using a hundred chart to find 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, and 10 less than a number. We will also be introduced to the words greater than, less than, and equal to. Students will practice using the symbols <,>,= to compare numbers.

Religion: This week we will continue with chapter 16 “We Celebrate the Sacraments”. Students will understand that a Sacrament is a special sign given to us by Jesus. We will also learn that there are seven sacraments and we receive the sacraments at different times in our lives. Each Sacrament helps us grow closer to God.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Book Baggies must come to school every day!
  • Thursday 11:45 Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Please make sure your child’s water bottle is closed tightly before arriving to school.

Weekly Letter March 14th

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Please read what will be happening in class 1-1 this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue with our unit on Geography! Last week we enjoyed creating a map of our classroom. We had to make sure we used a map key and include a compass rose. This week we will create our own neighborhood map. Students will be able to decide what places they want to include such as schools, parks, bakeries, or fire stations. This week we will also squeeze in some women’s history month learning!

Phonics & Spelling: This week our phonics pattern focuses on the long I sound. The long I sound can be i_e, ie, or igh. Our words this week follow the ie and igh pattern. Please continue to practice spelling words each night. There will be a spelling test on Thursday!

Math: We will be having a chapter 8 assessment on Tuesday. Study guides went home last week. On Wednesday, we will begin chapter 9 “Compare Two-Digit Numbers”. The first two lessons has us explore 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, or 10 less than a number. For example…

           45

1 more than 45 is …46

1 less than 45 is…44

10 more than 45 is … 55

10 less than 45 is … 35

Students can draw a model to help them understand this lesson. In the classroom we will be using our whiteboards as a resource.  

Religion

This week we will begin chapter 16 “We Celebrate the Sacraments”. We will learn that Sacraments are special signs given to us by Jesus. We will be talking about the sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Reconciliation, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. Students will have the opportunity to share Baptism photos if they would like. You may send in no more than 2 baptism photos by Monday, 3/21.(Please put your child’s name on the back of the pictures)

Announcements & Reminders

  • Math test on Tuesday
  • Book baggies need to come to school every day!
  • No School on Friday for Professional Development

Weekly Letter March 7th

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Please read what will be happening in class 1-1 this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue with our new unit on Geography! Last week students learned the importance of maps and even looked at different types of maps. We learned some keys words such as compass rose, cardinal directions, and the directions north, south, east, and west. This week will practice using the cardinal directions to locate symbols (using the map key) on a map. Towards the end of the week we may even begin creating our own map of the classroom! This week I will also begin assessing reading levels. I will let you know your child’s new level once I’ve assessed. Please be patient as this process does take some time.

Phonics & Spelling: The phonics skill for this week will focus on the “ow” and “oa” sounds. When figuring out whether a word has “oa” or “ow” you can listen to the word and see if you hear the long o in the middle or at the end. If you hear it in the middle you use “oa”, if you hear the long o at the end you use “ow”.

Math: This week we will finishing up chapter 8. Students will continue to understand that each two digit number is made up of tens and ones. We will be completing a study guide this week in preparation for our chapter test on Tuesday, 3/15.

Religion: This week there will be continuing our discussion on the season of Lent. Last week we took a closer look at the three main ideas of Lent: praying, fasting, and giving. We definitely pray every day in school, but during our discussion we learned that Lent is a time when we can try to pray more. It can even be just talking to God about your day and listening to his guidance. In terms of fasting, we learned that maybe we don’t need to give up candy or sweets, but we can give up a poor behavior or choice that we make. Such as not fighting with our siblings or try not to use unkind words. And lastly, giving, which through our Lenten Journey we are helping others. This first week we are thinking of Ukraine and donating in any way that we can!

Announcements & Reminders:

  • In the morning, please make sure your child’s water bottle is closed tightly. We’ve been noticing some water bottles leaking throughout the day!

Weekly Letter February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day! Things are busy as usual in class 1-1. Please read about all the exciting activities students will be engaged in…

Reading & Writing: This week we will be continuing with our unit on important American Citizens and Symbols! Last week we talked about The Statue of Liberty and The American Flag. Students were so excited to learn that the Statue of Liberty is located in New York! We also talked about how February is Black History Month. Last week we read about wrote about Jackie Robinson. Students were amazed at Jackie Robinson’s strength and ability to change the world! This week we will be learning about Ruby Bridges, George Washington, and The Liberty Bell.

Phonics: The phonics skill for this week will focus on the “ay” and “ai”  long a sounds. When figuring out whether a word has “ay” or “ai” you can listen to the word and see if you hear the long a in the middle or at the end. If you hear it in the middle you use “ai”, if you hear the long a at the end you use “ay”. For example, play & rain

Math: This week we will be finishing chapter 7 and taking a test on Thursday. Study guides will come home on Tuesday. We will also finish up our Valentine’s themed math centers where students practice word problems, fact families, and number bonds.

When we return from break, students will begin taking fast math fact quizzes. As you may have seen in the Academy Happenings, students should be able to solve basic addition and subtraction facts. We would like students to gradually move away from using their fingers or drawing counters.

Religion: We will be starting Chapter 15 We Belong to a Parish. In this chapter the students will learn that a parish is like a family and we can work together with our parish family to help others.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Please sign and return progress reports when you receive them
  • No School from 2/21-2/25