We are now in our 6th and final week of Lent. Hopefully the good deeds and sacrifices we have made during Lent have put us closer to God and made us better people.
Reading-We are finishing our unit on "aw" and "all" words. We are still reading, "Play Ball".
Writing-Comparing and contrasting basketball and soccer. We will use a Venn Diagram to visually see how they are similar and different.
Spelling-No Spelling this week.
Math-Chapter 13-Using a place value chart to add and subtract. We are also starting Calendar and Time. Please review with your child...day and month, some are really struggling with the difference between date, month and day of the week. For example, What is the date today? Student will say Monday...when the answer should be April 10th. Thank you for your help.
Social Studies-Community Helpers-Sign-up will be up when we come back from Easter Break for any parents that would like to come to class and speak about their job. We will have one parent speak per day.
Religion-Stations of the Cross
Art-Finishing eggs and bunnies
Holy Thursday-First and Eighth Grade present the Living Stations of the Cross--Minimum Day---No Extended Care--Purple Free Dress--Bark for Life/Mini Relay for Life
Good Friday-No School
Please turn in your permission slips for Stations of the Cross on Wednesday.
Have a wonderful Easter Break,
P.S. Read and work on math facts
This week in First Grade!!
Thank you to all of the parents that brought their child to the Spring Program...we worked very hard on perfecting our song...A BIG Thank You to Bellah who played the piano for us. She put in a lot of extra time learning our song.
Reading-Reviewing our long vowel trickers from last week---starting to learn the "aw" sound and "all" sound...."aw" makes the short "o" sound and "all" sounds like the short "o" with an "l". Our story for this week is "Play Ball".
Spelling Words: paper, even, silent, open, music, he's, I'm, we're, you're, she'll
Math: We have finished Chapters 10, 11, and 12....they were short chapters. The tests for 11 and 12 are going home this week. Chapter 13 is focusing on adding and subtracting to 40. We are using a place-value chart to add and subtract. The students are learning to regroup.
For example: 18 + 13 = Tens Ones
1 8 We are adding the 8 and 3 which is 11. We put the
+ 1 3 the one in the ones column and regroup to put the
one ten in the tens column. We then add the the numbers in the tens column to get 3.
I realize the homework seems like a lot more this fourth quarter...I just really want the students to finish the year strong and be prepared for second grade.
Science: We took the Science Test on Matter:Solids, Liquids, and Gases...this will go home in the packet this week. We will now go back to Social Studies and focus on Community Helpers.
Religion: Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross for Friday, April 7th was cancelled because we have mass at school. We will still be presenting "Mary's Way of the Cross" as "Living" Stations of the Cross at Park Merced on Wednesday, April 12th. I will send home a permission slip in Friday's packet. On the afternoon of the 12th we will walk next door to Mission Gardens and present the Stations of the Cross. We will also be presenting these Living Stations for the school on Holy Thursday, April 13th right after morning prayer. 8:15ish.
Dates to Remember
4/7 Early Dismissal-Mass-Bring a canned food to donate to Catholic Charities and Relay for Life. The cans are used at Relay for Life to keep the luminary bags from blowing away...after relay they are donated to Catholic Charities.
4/7 Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
4/12 Eye Testing
4/13 Holy Thursday Early Dismissal 12:30-Bark for Life
4/14 -Good Friday-No School
4/17-21 Easter Vacation
4/25-Fire Station Field Trip-Cheese Pizza Provided for Lunch
4/26 State of the School Address 6:30
4/29 First Holy Communion 9am St Patrick's Church-First Grade will supply cookies and 7up
4/29 Relay for Life
5/5 May Crowning Mass-Grandparent's Day-We are responsible for the May Crowning Mass
5/6 St. Patrick's Dinner-Derby--Benefitting OLM Preschool playground renovation
5/12 Talent Show-Tryout with Mrs. Scheurich anytime after school
5/17-UC Merced Play Field Trip
We are busy at the end of the year!!
We will not have a Spelling Test next week! I will send home reading/phonics/math practice.
Hope you are having a great week,
P.S. Please see me if you have any questions.
Welcome to week four of the fourth quarter!!
Reading: We will be practicing all of the long vowel sounds and we will be trying to memorize long-vowel trickers. Trickers are words that do not follow the rules that we have learned for making a long vowel sound. I try to have the students try to figure this out on their own. For example, if they say a word using the short vowel sound...I repeat the word and they usually laugh or look puzzled. I then ask them if they have ever heard that word before. I then ask them to read it using the long vowel sound. If they cannot read it, I review the long vowel sound again. These are the trickers that we will practice: April, apron, baby, bacon, crazy, even, female, fever, frozen, hotel, human, lady, lazy, music, open, over, paper, pilot, pony, robot, secret, shady, silent, spider, student, super, table, tiger, tiny, title, tulip, unit and zebra. You may also go over these words with your child for practice.
In addition to the trickers we will review words that end with iest, ier, ies and ied. We will also learn the contractions for: he is, she is, it is, I am, we are, you are, I will, he will, she will, we will, you will, and it will.
Spelling Words: This weeks words are: angry, angrier, angriest, sunny, sunnier, sunniest, cry, cries, cried and French fries.
Math: Picture Graphs, Bar Graphs and Tally Charts---This chapter also reviews less, fewer, least, more, greatest...we are continuing to practice our math facts...we have students that are confusing their addition and subtraction. I am focusing on them looking at the addition and subtraction signs...they want to rush and get it done.
Religion-How can we be more like Jesus? Be kind and help others.
Science-Types of Matter: Liquids, solids and gases...A solid keeps its shape without a container. Solids are able to change their shape. For example, a clay ball can be molded into a different shape. A liquid can flow fast or slow. A gas takes up the shape of the container and sometimes cannot be seen.
Art-Easter Egg Craft
We are responsible for St. Vincent Lunches this Friday.
Have a great week,
Thank you to all of the parents who came for student conferences...I enjoyed talking with all of you.
Reading- We are reading, "The Wish". We are working on pattern words with the ier and iest endings. Since last week we worked on words the "y" ending, this week we are working on dropping the y and adding i plus the ending. This week we are only adding the "er" and the "est" ending to the "i".
For example, happy, happier, happiest. Beginning of next week...maybe end of this week...we will work on the es, ed...endings...for example, dry, dries, dried.
Spelling-Our spelling words this week are all memory words: their, now, always, because, been, down, too, work, many first.........as a bonus for reading the blog...these are next weeks words...if you would like to have a head start over the weekend...angry, angrier, angriest...sunny, sunnier, sunniest...cry, cries, cried...last word is French fries.
Math-Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20--Counting on from 10--Using doubles to add and doubles plus one...2+2=4...so 2+3=double 2 plus 1.
Science-Matter-Solids, Liquids and Gases----What can sink? What can float?
P.E.-We have been playing kickball---soon we will work on kicking a ball...not being pitched to...they have to drop the ball and kick it while the ball is still in the air.
Have a blessed week,
This week in First Grade:
Reading-We are reading a short play called, "The Contest". We are also practicing reading words with two vowels that are together. Please keep practicing the phonics words that are in the homework folder.
Spelling- All of our words are memory words this week- would, could, some, one, new, were, straw, horse, Mrs. and eyes. "Mrs." must be capitalized and have a period to be correct.
Math- Patterns with numbers, greatest, least, fewer and more...some students are struggling with number patterns that skip a number. If you could practice number patterns at home that would be very helpful...For example: 11, 13, 15,_____, 19 and going backwards...For example: 12, 10,____, 6. We are only practicing number patterns up to the number twenty.
Religion-Being thankful and thanking God.
Social Studies-American Symbols-Students will have to recognize: American Flag, The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, The Statue of Liberty, The Bald Eagle, Mount Rushmore and The Liberty Bell....busy week.
P.E. WooHoo!! We can go outside this week. We will work on catching and passing a ball.
February 20-24-No School
March 1- Ash Wednesday Mass---This is our class Mass....I will be sending home readings for your child to practice if they are randomly chosen to read.
Keep up the good work,
We have made it through Catholic Schools Week!! It seems every week is busy and exciting!
Reading: The story that we read this week is called, "The Straw Horse". The rule that we are working on when we read is: When a word has two vowels together, the first vowel is usually long and the second vowel is silent...For example: rain, jeep, seat, goat.....The way that we talk about this rule in class: When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.
Writing: Plan a character...if time permits...writing a friendly letter
Spelling Words: pain, train, boat, coat, eat, heat, seat, deep, keep and sleep
Don't get too frustrated with your child while working on this new rule...it takes time for their brain to think...two vowels together, don't say the short vowel sound, say the long vowel sound, don't pronounce the second vowel...we will be practicing for the next two weeks.
Math: Chapter 7-Numbers to 20- Students will be working on if you have how many tens are in a number and how many ones. For example, if you have the number 13...13 has 1 ten and 3 ones.
Included in the homework is subtraction practice using a number line.
Religion- Giving thanks to God
Social Studies- Thailand- Our country for international night....if time permits we will be going over National Holidays and symbols for our country.
P.E.--Skipping, hopping, baby steps, following directions
Art-Flag of Thailand/Elephant Art
Days to Remember:
Wednesday, February 8-Field trip to Hilmar Cheese Factory- Drivers please be here at 10. Free Dress for Field Trip....Drivers might be doubled up in vehicles, we have enough drivers for 1 1/2 classes to go...Thank you for signing up.
Wednesday, February 8- 6:00-7:30---International Night---We need 6 parents to help with serving food for this event. I am thinking 2 parents for every 30 minutes at our booth. Please talk to me if any parents are able to help after school or at 5:30 to help with set-up. Jordan Shifflett's Family owns Thai Cuisine 2. They are making the food for this evening. If each child could donate $5 to cover some of the cost for the food that would be greatly appreciated!!
Valentine's Day-February 14- We are having a little party in class. If your child would like to bring a valentine for each person they may...we have 31 students in our class. For passing out purposes, please only have your child write their name for who it is from and not who each valentine is given to.
If you have any questions please come see me or leave me a message in the office and I will get back to you!!
Thank you for your understanding over the past few weeks, I have never taken so long to get better after being sick. I really missed being at school.
God Bless You,
We are back to business this week!! Hopefully your child didn't groan that much to start their homework yesterday.
Reading- We are working on reading words with the silent e ending and a long vowel in the middle...this takes a lot of practice for some and that is okay. We will work on this for the rest of the year. If you are able to visit the Superkids Website please do....the games will help with the long vowel sound and the silent e...Practice the fluency sheet that came home yesterday.
Math-We have started Chapter 5...Geometry-Working with shapes...The students are having fun with this chapter and so am I.
Religion-Baptism-Being welcomed into the Church.
Art-Drawing a snowman that is skiing.
P.E.-Dance/Games in the classroom...we will have to double-up on P.E. once the rain has stopped a little.
No School on January 16th-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Auction- January 28th--Auction
Catholic Schools Week- January 29th -February 3
School Mass Sunday January 29th @ 9:00 St. Patrick's Church
Friday, February 3, School Mass...We will need drivers to bring students from church to school after mass. You will drop off your child at church that morning.
Many other activities going on this week...I will blog them all next week.
Hilmar Cheese Field Trip-Wednesday, February 8th...permission slip coming home soon.
Have a great week,
P.S. I will not be in the classroom Tuesday or Thursday of this week....The lesson plans I am leaving for the subs are exactly what I would do if I was in the classroom.
Happy New Year!!!
I hope everyone had a blessed, relaxing and fun Christmas Vacation!!
This week is a quick!!! We will not have any homework this week!! Due to this no homework help on Wednesday or Thursday.
Reading-Starting Unit 7-This unit is very important!! We are starting to learn about reading words with the silent "e" ending. For example: cake, bone, bike...many kids can read these words by using the context clues in a sentence, but if they are not in a sentence they cannot read them. We will continue to work on this skill for the rest of the year.
Writing-Write a story that has a problem and solution.
Math-Fact Families and starting Ordinal Numbers...1st, 2nd, 3rd.....Also practicing writing numbers to 120 in eight minutes.
Science-Reviewing clouds, condensation, wind, weather, temperature, thermometer
P.E.---Depends on weather---Dancing in classroom/four corners
Things to Know:
Minimum Day/Mass on Friday
Progress Reports go home on Friday
New Game Available on Superkids and new stories....keep reading!!
Please see me or leave me a message if you have any questions.
May 2017 be a wonderful year for us all,
Good Morning First Grade,
It has been awhile since our last blog. I would like to update you on what has been going on in first grade.
Last week we finished Units 3 and 4 in Reading. Your child should have brought home their workbook for you to see. We have completed the "ng", "le", "er" and "ed" endings. We will continue to practice all of these endings throughout the year. The "ed" ending can be very difficult because the ending sound can be -ed, -d or -t. This past week we started working with the adding -ing or -ed to words. The rule that we are working on is---if a word has one vowel and one letter after the vowel you double the last letter then add "ed" or "ing". For example, hug...hugged...hugging....Another rule we are working on is if there is one vowel and two letters after the vowel you do not double the last letter...you just add the 'ed" or "ing". For example, jump...jumped...jumping. The story that we are reading this week is "The Monster Under the Bus". This story is available for practice on the Superkids Website. I'm hoping that everyone who has internet access at home can get on the website for extra practice. Please continue to read the phonics words, frequency list and fluency reading in the homework folder.
****This week you will notice you have the same phonics words and fluency read as last week. With last week being a short week, we are still working on these and are not ready for the next list.****
Math-We have finished addition in our Math book, for now. We are currently working on the basics of subtraction. In the next Chapter we work on both addition and subtraction.
Social Studies-We will have a test this week on Friday. Your child will have to know: Our planet, our continent, our country, our state and what city/town they live in. They will also be tested on North, South, East and West. They will be ready for this test.
Religion-Rosary and Saints
P.E.-Coordination, Balance, Locomotor Skills---leap, walk slow, walk fast, big steps, little steps, skipping, hopping. We have quite a few students still working on following directions during P.E. For example, they are not to move from their home base until the whistle is blown or I say go. Unfortunately, about five students leave their base before we start. This will affect their grade. P.E. should be fun, but not silly and chaotic. The rest of the students are doing a great job.
Art-Turkey centerpieces for the Thanksgiving Program
Our class is in the Thanksgiving Program on Wednesday. I'm sorry for the confusion about this matter. I put the programs we are a part of in the Welcome to First Grade Information Packet at the beginning of the year, but I should have sent out a reminder. Please have your child in our classroom on Wednesday at 6:15. I am really sorry if this messes you up this week.
Also, we are in the Spring Program. We are not in the Christmas Program.
Reminder: All toys should be left at home. A detention will be given if I am having to have your child take toys out of his/her desk....I will let you know individually if this is an issue with your child.
Progress Reports go home on Friday :)
Have a great week,
P.S. Please let me know if your child is struggling and needs extra help with homework or anything we are working on.
Thank you to all of the parents who have turned in their permission slips. I am looking forward to our field trip and so are the students....11 more days!!!
The changes that I have made to the classroom are helping a little bit. We are still chatty. The desk fairy also visited our room this week. The desk fairy left a pumpkin eraser for those students whose desks were clean. The students really don't think it is me, please keep this a secret. Thank you for your help in this matter.
Reading this week: We are finishing up "What Can I Get with a Nickel?" and "My Pet". Tomorrow we will finish Unit 2. Our workbook will go home tomorrow so you can see what we have worked on during our first two units. Please continue to read at home by logging onto the Superkids website. If you have trouble or need me to resend the log-in email please let me know.
Spelling- why, what, who, where, which, when, then, this, them, super....We have been working on these words since last week and they are a challenge...please look over the practice test that will come home today.
Math-Addition to ten using a number line--packet goes home tomorrow of our work for the past week.
Religion-Creation-What did God create?
Science-We took our Science Test last Friday...it is in our packet that goes home tomorrow...overall the students did very well. Now we will take a break from Science and work on Social Studies.
Social Studies-Our unit is on where we live. Our school is in Merced, California. We live in California. California is a state. California is part of the United States. The United States of America is a country. Mexico is a country that is south of the United States. Canada is a country that is north of the United States. All of this is simple for adults, but very difficult for students. We are using maps and a globe to try to understand all of this information.
P.E.- Spatial awareness, balance, general coordination, and locomotor skills---leap, slide, jump, skip, hop
TOMORROW-Mass at 11---Blessing of the Animals---12:30 Dismissal----Cross Country Meet at Buhach Colony at 3:30.
HOMEWORK HELP: Volleyball Season is over today. I can help with homework or anything your child might be struggling with Monday-Thursday till 3:30.
Have a great rest of the week,