Weekly Letter October 12th

Dear Parents & Guardians,

October is flying by and things are busy in Class 1-2! The students enjoy connecting the topics and stories we are reading in class with their own personal lives. The children have been so proud and excited to share their family stories! This unit has given our class a chance to grow closer as friends and a community. PLEASE SEND IN ONE FAMILY PICTURE!Thank you to the families who’ve already sent one in.

Reading and Writing: During Reading and Writing workshop students will continue to write about their families. Last week, we discussed what it means to be a family and how many people are in our family. This week students will learn about who makes up our immediate family as well as extended family. I am still in the process of assessing reading levels. Once I have finished, I will be sending home level appropriate books with your child.

Phonics/ Spelling/ Grammar/Vocabulary: This week our phonics skill will focus on the short u sound. Students will practice CVC words and continue to tap out and blend letter sounds. Please take some time each night to review both spelling words and sight words.

Math: This week we will begin chapter 2. In this chapter students will use the “count on” strategy to help them add 1, 2, or 3 to a number. For example, when solving, 7+2, I circle the greater addend and count on 2 more. We will also explore the idea of doubles facts such as 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, etc.

This week, I am sending home your child’s math homework book. Please keep this book at home. Each night, you will see the pages that need to be completed on the homework sheet. Once your child finishes, please rip out and send just that page back to school.

Religion: This week we will be starting chapter 2. We will discuss The Blessed Trinity and the idea of prayer. Students will also practice the Sign of the Cross.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Scholastic Orders Due October 15th
  • Spelling Test on Friday
  • Please empty green folders every night

Weekly Letter October 4th

Dear Parents & Guardians,

It is finally starting to feel like Fall with the arrival of some cooler weather! Please continue to label all belongings, especially sweaters and jackets. Below are the topics we will be covering this week.

Reading and Writing: This month begins our first unit which is all about families. I am very excited to learn about your family! The comprehension skill during this unit will focus on how to compare and contrast. During writing workshop this week students will be focusing on their immediate families! We will discuss how many people are in our immediate family and what it means to be a family. Please send in ONE picture of your immediate family by Friday, October 8th.

Phonics: This week the phonics skill follows the short o vowel pattern. I have attached a copy of the spelling and sight words for the week; please review these words with your child each night. I’ve also noticed that some students are reversing their letters, especially the letters b and d. Please take some time to practice writing these letters at home with your child.

Math: This week we will finish chapter 1. We will be having an assessment on Thursday. Study guides will be coming home on Tuesday. You will see this paper in green folders with the words “study guide” on top.

Religion: This week we will be finishing chapter 1. Students will be reviewing key words such as bible and creation. Students will also learn about St. Francis of Assisi this week. They will understand that he was a Saint that loved all of God’s creation and was kind and gentle to animals.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Please send in family photo ASAP.
  • Please make sure to empty green folder of all checked work each night

Spelling Words: got, hop, hot, lock, mom, mop, fox, pop, pot, rock

Sight Words: from & how

Weekly Letter September 27th

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I cannot believe we are almost finished with the month of September! This week will be a busy week filled with learning and thinking! The students are beginning to feel more comfortable following class routines independently. Our class is really starting to develop some nice friendships, helping build a community of learners. We look ahead to this week and all of the new and exciting things we will be learning.

Reading: For the last week of September we will be finishing up with a few more Kevin Henkes books. We will be exploring the characters Wendell from Weekend with Wendell and Lily from Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse. Students will have the opportunity to write about their most prized possessions as well as their favorite weekend activities. Towards the end of the week we will write about which one of Henkes’ books was our favorite and why. Students have loved getting to read Kevin Henkes books. Feel free to explore your public library for more of his books!

Phonics/ Spelling: Last week your child was sent home with a Spelling Notebook. Please make sure the spelling notebook comes back to school each day. This week the phonics skill will focus on the short i vowel pattern. There will be a new homework sheet in the green folder. Please review the spelling words and sight words each night with your child.

Math: This week we will be continuing with subtraction and focusing on the words compare, fewer, anddifference. Students will use cubes and pictures to compare two groups of numbers to find out which group has fewer or more. If there are any problems completing math homework please let me know!

Reminders & Announcements

  • Friday is a half day 11:45 Dismissal
  • Indoor Recess: All students should have an activity/coloring book for days when we cannot go outside for recess. Please send in ASAP
  • Please make sure all sweaters are labeled with your child’s name!

Weekly Letter September 20th

       Happy almost FALL! This week we will continue to establish routines and procedures in our classroom that will help to create a safe and cooperative learning environment! Below are the topics and strategies that will be covered this week.E

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue to explore the work of Kevin Henkes. Henkes’ books help explore real life conflicts and emotions experienced by his characters in a child-friendly approach. Last week we met Wemberly from Wemberly Worried, and this week the students will meet Chrysanthemum. We will write about what makes us “wilt” (be sad) or what makes us “bloom” (be happy).

Phonics/Spelling: This week the phonics skill will focus on the short e vowel pattern. There will be a new homework sheet in the green folder. Please review the spelling words and sight words each night with your child. The more practice your child gets using phonics patterns, the more confident they will be when it comes to reading and writing! The reading log should be filled in each night and sent into school on Fridays.

Mathematics: In math we will start learning all about addition concepts! The students will learn that adding is putting together or joining. Students will use pictures to add as well as using objects to solve various problems. We will be starting chapter 1 this week. The homework worksheet will be in their green folders each night.

Religion: In religion students will learn about the wonderful things God created! Students will learn that God created the world and all people. Students will discuss the importance of everything God has created for our universe. We will also discuss the special gifts that God has given us including the ability to love and help others. We will discuss how we can love and help our classmates, our family and our community.

Weekly Letter May 24th

I hope you all had a great weekend! Please read on to find out what class 1-2 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.

Today students learned 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.

Math: This week in math we are starting with Chapter 12~Measurement! Students will be exploring words like longest, longer, shortest, shorter, and length. This is a short chapter and towards the end of the week we will jump into Chapter 13-Time and Money.

Religion: This week we will be talking about the Holy Family. Students will also identify ways that they share God’s love with their families. We can share God’s love when we are helpful and kind.

Reminders & Announcements:

  1. Scholastic Book Orders Due May 31st.
  2. Gala Activity on Thursday after school

(only if you signed your child up)

  1. No School~ Monday, May 31st.

Weekly Letter May 17th

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! Please continue reading to learn what class 1-2 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue with our plant and animal adaptations unit. This morning, students looked at various plants that make adaptations to survive in their environment. For example, a cactus has a thick stem so that it can hold water longer in the dry desert. A Venus fly trap can snatch insects and digest them to get nutrients. We will also take a closer look at the life cycle of a plant!

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 finish chapter 11. Study guides will go home on Tuesday. There will be a test on Thursday.  Please review with your child all the strategies for subtraction.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • In the classroom, we use the Epic app to read books. You may access at home using our class code ily8803

 

  • Scholastic book orders due May 30th

 

  • Gala Community Day- May 27th from 2:45-2:15. You may sign up to join us for a pizza and paint party!

Weekly Letter May 10th

Happy Monday ~ I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We appreciate all that you do!Please continue reading to learn what class 1-2 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:

  • Scholastic Book Orders due by May 15th
  • Gala Community Day (First Grade May 27thInformation went home on Friday
  • Spelling test on Friday

Weekly Letter May 3rd

I hope you all had a great weekend! Please read on to find out what class 1-2 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week students will be looking at what a sensory poem is. Sensory poems are an excellent way to encourage children to experiment with using words to describe their senses, and in doing so bring their writing to life for others. Students will write what they might see, taste, smell, hear, and feel during their favorite season.

Spelling: 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 we completed the final lesson in chapter 10, which had students practice adding two digit numbers. Tomorrow we will complete the study guide and send it home in green folders. We will have a chapter test on Thursday.

Religion: This week students will be continuing with lesson 9. We will explore what is means to sin and the idea of forgiveness. Students will also learn about the sacraments Penance and Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.

Reminders & Announcements:

  • Math Test on Thursday
  • Spelling Test on Friday
  • Friday 5/7~Half Day 11:45 dismissal

Weekly Letter April 26th

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Thank you for all the birthday wishes & gifts! Please read about what class 1-2 will be doing this week…

Reading & Writing: This week we will continue with our poetry writing. Our next type of poem is called a color poem. Color poems have students use their senses to describe what their color may be. For example,

Red

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…

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 models to help them add. For example,

 

Students will also use the strategy “make a ten” to help them add two digit numbers. This strategy is little tricky and is something we will be practicing all week!

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Scholastic Orders Due April 30th
  • A look ahead- Half day on Friday, May 7th

Weekly Letter April 19th

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 students will continue with our study on poetry. Last week we completed acrostic poems with the word SPRING. 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 very excited about creating their very own poetry book!

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 continuing chapter 10. Our lessons this week will focus on adding tens, ten more than a number, and using a hundred chart to add tens and ones. When adding ten to a number, students will realize that the only digit that changes is the tens. For example, 23+10=33 I simply add one more ten to 2 tens to get 3 tens and 3 ones. When using a hundred chart to add students will understand that they move to the right in a row when adding ones and you move down a column when adding tens.

Religion: This week we will start lesson 9: “How do we celebrate God’s forgiveness and healing?” We will talk about how Jesus showed us God’s love by the things he said and did and how Jesus showed God’s love by forgiving people. In our friendzy book, students are understanding that our words have a lot of power and we need to watch our words. We should use kindness and think before we speak, which is something we are always working on.

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!