Weekly Letter May 28th

I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend! We are in the final month of school and students are so excited for summer vacation. It sure feels like summer in the classroom. Please keep in mind that gym uniforms can be worn on days when the temperature will rise above 80 degrees. You may also want to pack an extra drink or a refillable water bottle for your child. We still have some things to learn in first grade, so please continue reading…

Reading & Writing:

This week I will be starting our final reading assessments for the year. It is amazing to see the growth since September. I will let you know your child’s new level a.s.a.p.! In reading workshop students will be reviewing basic skills learned in first grade so far. There are not new spelling words this week. Our plant and animal adaptations unit is coming to a close and we will be finishing up our animal encyclopedia books. We talked about some interesting reptiles this morning such as the thorny lizard and the Arizona coral snake. Tomorrow, we will take a closer look at some birds.

Math:

We will begin Chapter 11: Geometry. During this chapter the students will learn how to identify and describe three-dimensional shapes. The students will practice combining different shapes to make new shapes. This chapter provides for a perfect opportunity to explore the different shapes around them during everyday activities. 

Religion:

We are almost finished with Chapter 22: Jesus Gives Us the Eucharist. Students learned that the last meal that Jesus shared with his followers was called the Last Supper. Students also learned that the Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. We will have an assessment on Friday, May 31st. Please focus on these words/topics: Mass, Eucharist, and Last Supper. Books will come home tomorrow (5/29)  

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Religion Test Friday
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due 6/1

 

Weekly letter May 13th

I hope you all had a great weekend! I would like to wish a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAYto all the moms! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with love and laughter! You deserve it!!! 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! Animals can have many physical or behavioral adaptations. On Wednesday, students will have a chance to tour the Queens Zoo! While at the zoo, students will participate in interactive activities. Towards the end of the week, students will classify animals into groups such as mammals, reptiles, birds, etc.

Math:

This week in math we are continuing with chapter 10! Students will be exploring bar graphs, tally charts, and problem solving skills. Students will have a chance to participate in various graph making activities.

Religion:

Chapter 19- We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness. Students will be learning about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. We will be talking about what it means to forgive others and how God is always ready to forgive us! We will be taking an assessment on Thursday!

Reminders & Announcements:

-Religion Chapter 19 Teston Thursday Books will come home 5/14

-Dress Down Day on Friday

Scholastic Book Orders- Due May 15th

-Field Day Money Due ASAP

Weekly Letter May 6th

On Tuesday, we will be going to the Queens Botanical Garden. Please make sure your child is wearing their gym uniforms.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. Towards the end of the week, we will begin looking at various animal adaptations.  

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 Thursdayso please review each night!

Math:

This week we will begin Chapter 10: Represent Data. During this chapter, the students will learn how graphs and charts help them organize, represent, and interpret data. The students will learn about a picture graph and a bar graph, as well as how to use tally marks to make a tally chart. When working with graphs and chart, students have a high level of curiosity and many questions to ask. This will be a fun and interactive chapter that the students will enjoy!

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Garden Trip Tuesday, May 6th
  • Zoo Trip Money and Permission Slip due ASAP. The zoo trip is on May 15th.
  • NO School-Friday May 10th

Weekly Letter April 29th

I hope you all had a great weekend! Reminder: Pizza Uno Trip Tomorrow! Please have your child wear their gym uniforms. Students will be creating their own pizza and eating it! Those who get special lunch will be given the chance to do so when we return. Please read on to find out 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.

In our writing unit students will begin brainstorming ideas for their very own “how to” book. Today we started reading books that focused on the process of how to do something. For example, “how to brush your teeth” or “how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich”. Students were eager to shout out that they saw the sequencing words: first, next, then, last.

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 centers, 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 vowels in the middle. This skill will take some time to understand.

Math:

Today we completed our study guide in chapter 9! Our test will be on Wednesday, May 1st! Please focus on telling time to the hour and half hour.

Reminders & Announcements:

  • Zoo permission slip (which will go home on Tuesday) and money due ASAP!
  • Friday 5/3 Noon Dismissal & Gala Community Day

Weekly Letter April 15th

A Couple of Quick of Reminders:

  • On Wednesday, we will be having a special Lenten Prayer Service at 10:30am. All are welcome to join!
  • Queens Botanical Garden Please send in your permission slip and $13 A.S.A.P. The trip is on 5/7 
  • Easter Break: Begins Thursday, April 18. Classes resume on Monday, April 29th.
  • There is no homework to do over break. However, please make sure your child continues to read each day! 
  • Lastly, I wish you and your family a happy and blessed Easter!

Weekly Letter April 8th

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. The weather has been perfect! 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…

This week we will beginning a mini unit. This unit is about Engineering Design where students will begin to focus on simple machines! We will start the week by watching Brain Pop videos about the 6 simple machines we have. These machines are everywhere! The 6 simple machines are screw, lever, wheel and axle, wedge, pulley, and inclined plane. Over the next couple of days’ students will be looking around our classroom and school for examples of these simple machines.

Phonics & Spelling:

This week the phonics skill will focus on the variant vowelow 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 9. This chapter was all about measurement! We will be using cubes and paperclips to help us measure various objects around our classroom. This week we started taking a closer look at time. We are practicing telling time to the hour and half hour. Please use this chapter as an opportunity to practice with your child. Maybe you can start by explaining times that events happen in your household. For example, we eat dinner at 6:30 or you have soccer practice at 5:00.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • If your child is absent, please send in a written note explaining why they were out. If I do not receive anything I mark the absence illegal.
  • Class 1-2 is running low on tissue boxes. If you would like to donate a box of tissues, we would greatly appreciate it!
  • There will be a chapter 17 religion test on Wednesday, April 10th. Please focus on the following topics: 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?
  • Pizzeria Uno Trip 4/30- Money and permission slip due ASAP
  • Queens Botanical Gardens Trip 5/7- Money and Permission Slip due ASAP
  • Scholastic Orders Due April 15th

Weekly Letter April 1st

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. Children were asked to describe spring using adjectives/phrases. This week we will be looking at what a sensory poem is. Children by the end of the week will be writing their own sensory poem focusing on one of the seasons.

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 starting chapter 9: Measurement! Students will learn what it means to use the words shortest, longest, and estimate. In the beginning of the week students will have to draw pictures to show if an object is shorter or longer than another object. By the middle of the week students will use problem solving skills to measure various objects. This is a new chapter for students and it will take some time to get used to the new vocabulary. Maybe you can have your child measure some objects in your house?

Religion:

This week we will continue to review the Stations of the Cross. Students will also continue to explore their Lenten experience. Students will ask themselves, was I able to show my love for Jesus by doing something for him each day? Students will also continue to share their Baptism photos and talk about the special things that happen during this Sacrament.

Reminders & Announcements:

  • Friday is a half day
  • Scholastic Book Order: Due April 15th. You may complete an online order.

Weekly Letter March 25th

I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe that we are already approaching the last week of March?! Time is flying by in class 1-2…

Reading & Writing:

This week, students will be putting their map skills to the test! Students will be creating a map of a town after we read the story Mapping Penny’s World. Students are responsible for creating a map key with simple symbols, including a compass rose, and making their maps according to scale. Students will be working in groups to create their maps.

Happy (soon to be) 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. This week we will be looking at what an acrostic poem is. Children by the end of the week will be writing their own acrostic poem focusing on one of the seasons. Next week we will create our own sensory poem! By the end of the month we will be poets! We have started a little early since, Spring vacation is next month.

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!

Math:

Chapter 8: Two Digit Addition and Subtraction. Students will complete a study guide on Friday. Our chapter test will be on Tuesday, April 2nd 

Religion:

This week we will work on Chapter 17: The Church Welcomes New Members. The students will learn about what is said and done during the celebration of Baptism and that during Baptism, Catholics are joined into the church.

(PAST DUE) *If you have any photos of your child’s baptism please send in no more than 2! You will definitely get them back! 

Announcements & Reminders

  • Scholastic Orders Due April 1st
  • Math test on Tuesday, April 2nd
  • Half Day on Friday, April 5th

Weekly Letter March 18th

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We have a busy week as usual in class 1-2. Please continue to read on to see what we will be learning this week…

Reading & Writing:This week we will begin unit, Geography. We will focus on our place on the map. We will be reading the book, Me On the Map and creating our own book. Please practice your address with your child. This will be helpful when talking about our towns/neighborhoods.

Phonics: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 Friday!

Math:We will continue with chapter 8, this week! We will focus on make a ten to add, use place value to add, and using a hundred chart to add. Please continue to have your child practice their math facts daily.

Religion:We are beginning to learn about the seven sacraments. The first sacrament we will be learning is Baptism. Please send in, no more than 2 pictures of your child’s baptism! Pictures Due on Monday, March 25th 

Announcements & Reminders

  • Thursday is a half day for Conferences. Afterschool is available
  • Baptism photos due by Monday!
  • Scholastic Orders due April 1st

Weekly Letter March 11th

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Please read what will be happening in class 1-2 this week…

Reading & Writing

This week we will continue with our new unit on Geography! The first week students will be learning about their place on a map. We will focus on our neighborhood, town, state, country, and continent.

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

Chapter 8: Two Digit Addition and Subtraction. As the students learn addition and subtraction, they have an opportunity to use a variety of models including writing equations and drawing pictures to represent addition and subtraction situations. When the students can model the math in these ways, they are building a strong capacity for a deeper understanding of the skills. The students have learned a variety of strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems, and these strategies will be reviewed during this chapter. The understanding of how and why these strategies work is key to build their addition and subtraction fluency. This week the students will review and practice identifying what strategy they used to solve an addition and subtraction problem, as well as practice adding and subtracting tens. This chapter can be a bit challenging. Please practice math facts each night, addition and subtraction!

Religion

On Wednesday, students will be taking an assessment on Chapter 15: We Belong to a Parish. Please review some of these key words/ideas with your child.

  • Pastor
  • Worship
  • Parish
  • What are some things that your Parish does together?

Announcements & Reminders

  • On Wednesday, first grade will be celebrating Dr. Seuss by eating green eggs and ham! Please let me know if your child cannot eat eggs or ham =) 
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, March 21st
  • Friday is a Dress Down Day