Hello First Grade Parents,
Welcome to the 4th Quarter!! This school year is flying by!!
In the planner today:
First Graders who get a family envelope have registration paperwork for next year in the planner.
No homework folders this week, I am changing them a little so I kept them.
This weeks homework is in the planner---Homework for this week is---Read Party Planning till reading fluently and with expression, using your spelling words write ten sentences. For math homework practice addition math facts. Today in class we took the addition +1 test and made flash cards for +2 and +3....I tried to make sure all of the students answers were correct, please check their answers. The flash cards are either in the planner or in their backpacks in a ziploc.
Spelling words: car, far, star, card, hard, born, corn, horn, short, sport
Reading: Party Planning and Slumber Party
We are working on learning what sounds these letters make when together--- "ar" and "or"
Grammar---using the suffix 'ful'
Math---Chapter 11---bar graphs and using data to make a bar graph---extra practice on weight/test on Chapter 10 weight
Religion- Chapter 11-Jesus Teaches Us Forgiveness
P.E.---Throwing and Catching
Please send me a message if you have any questions.
Chocolate bunnies due March 13th
March 15th-Report Cards go home
March 15th-12:30 Dismissal
March 16th-No School
March 19th-23rd-12:30 Dismissal-Parent/Teacher Conferences
Welcome Back!! I hope you all had a great week off.
This week in First Grade:
Reading: "Golly is on the Ball" and "Play Ball"
Spelling:-Decoding "all" words---call, mall, small, stall, wall, baseball, basketball, hallway, fallen, taller
Writing: Write descriptive sentences
Math: Finishing Chapter 9-Measurement---Starting Chapter 10- Weight
Religion-Finishing Chapter 10-We Celebrate the Eucharist--Start extra chapter chapter on Lent
Social Studies-Changes in Communities and Changes in Transportation
Have a Great Week!!
School Mass at St. Patrick's Church on Sunday at 1:00.
We have successfully made it through Catholic School's Week!! I hope your child came home and told you about all of the great activities that went on last week.
This week in First Grade:
Reading: "It's So Hot!" and "The Wish". We are learning how to read words with contractions. Our contractions are paired with pronouns and is, am, will, and are. For example: I'm, we're, it's and he'll.
I told the students when a letter is taken out of a word to form a contraction that letter is always a vowel. When we worked on the contraction not...we took out the letter o...did not...changed to didn't.
This week we are also working with will...so not only will we take out the letter i, the letter w will also go away...for example...he will is changed to he'll.
Writing: We are working on story evidence and using because to connect opinions and reasons. This is really working on comprehension too.
Grammar: Homophones-there/their, it's/its, you're/your
Spelling: I'm, he's, she's, it's, we're, you're, I'll, he'll, she'll, you'll
I'm and I'll need to have a capital "I' to be spelled correctly. This is due to the fact that I'm stands for I am and I'll stands for I will and I by itself is always capitalized.
Math: Homework folders and in class we are back to practicing addition....this time they are adding different numbers not just the same number on the whole page. In our math book we are moving onto Chapter 9--Length.
Religion: Celebrate the Eucharist---We are also starting to practice for the Ash Wednesday Mass. Ash Wednesday is next week, February 14th.
Social Studies: Past, Present, Future
Art: Finishing Lady Bug Art and starting Valentine Art
Progress Reports go home on Friday!!
Valentine's Day will be celebrated on the 13th. If your child would like to handout something to the class please bring it on Tuesday the 13th. We will not celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th because it is Ash Wednesday.
Please come see me if you have any questions.
Science Fair: Tuesday, February 6th at 6PM---We will have a poster up of our class activity that we did on Friday called "Sink or Float". If your child was not here I'm sorry that they missed out on this fun and educational activity. We went to the lab over in the junior high. We had a good time. If you would like to see our display I will have it in the classroom on Thursday and Friday if you can't make it to the fair. I know our class doesn't have individual displays but they love Science so much I think they would think what the older students have done is interesting and it's always neat to see what your buddy or faith family members are working on.
Come see me or send me a message if you have any questions. :)
God Bless You as we prepare for the Lenten Season,
Happy Catholic Schools Week!!
Thank you to all of you who helped and/or attended the auction on Saturday. It was a fun night and a great way to celebrate our school!
Reading: We will be reading "Cass Takes the Cake" and "Golly Helps". We will be learning how to add 'er' and 'est' to words that end in y....for example- fluffy, fluffier, fluffiest. The 'y' makes the long e sound and when we go to add 'er' and 'est' to words we change the 'y' to an 'i' and then add the ending. We will also be learning/reviewing that when we add 'er' and 'est' to the end of the words it is used to compare things.
Spelling: say, may, play, happier, happiest, down, too, work, many, first
Writing: how to-----for example-how to build a snowman
Math-Ways to Subtract-Finishing Chapter 8
Social Studies-What is History?
Religion-Celebrate the Eucharist
Art-Finish Ladybug Art
Tuesday January 30th-Buddy Day---Free Dress Blue and White---No Hot Lunch---$2 Gift for Buddy
Wednesday-Cherish Luncheon---No Hot Lunch
Thursday---Souper Bowl---Bring a can(s) of soup---Wear a game day themed free dress (only if you brought soup) Jersey-team related free dress
Friday---Mass at St. Patrick's Church---drop off your child with a booster at the church---nobody will be at school-----Minimum Day---12:30 Dismissal
Have a great week!!!
Hello First Grade Parents,
This week in 1st Grade:
Reading: "My Happy Rainy Day" and "In Case of Rain" We are learning that the letter y is sometimes a vowel...Our rules for this week---If a word ends in a y and it is the only vowel, the y will make the long i sound...for example- my, why---if a word ends in a y and their are at least 2 vowels in the word with other letters in between the vowels the y will make the long e sound...for example-happy, rainy, dizzy...I showed the students how day and play have two vowels, but there isn't a letter between the vowels so the y is silent and we pronounce the long a sound.
Spelling- by, fly, cry, try, belly, jelly, smelly, bunny, funny, sunny
Writing- Finishing a narrative----starting a how-to text----For example:How to make a sandwich--make a list of steps...Also start trying to see the difference between an informational text and a how-to text.
Math-Different ways to subtract
Science-How Does a Butterfly Grow? and How Does a Frog Grow?
Religion-What Catholic's Believe...Jesus is God's Son
Art-Catholic Schools Week-Cherish Luncheon Cards-Lady Bug Art
P.E.--Passing a Basketball, bounce, catch
Friday-January 26th-Lancers Free Dress-Wear OLM T-Shirt/Sweatshirt
Important Info---Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week Eve-Auction January 27th
Sunday-9:00 AM School Mass at St. Patrick's Church
Monday-Afternoon Movie-K-8th-Celebrate Community
Tuesday-Buddy Day-Blue and White Free Dress-Rally-----Bring a gift for your 8th Grade Buddy--$2 Limit
Bring a cold lunch today---no hot lunch
Wednesday---Cherish Luncheon for area seniors---We will give out cards at the lunch----Bring a cold lunch--no hot lunch today
Thursday-Souper Bowl Game Day with Faith Families---Bring cans of soup for contest---All cans will be donated to Catholic Charities...if you bring soup wear sports free dress-jersey's, t-shirts, hats
Friday-Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 8:00---Do not drop off child at school-nobody will be here...Also we need drivers that can bring us to school after mass....don't forget booster seats.
Thank you for sending your child to OLM School!!
Hello First Grade Parents!
The students and I had a discussion about us now being in the Third Quarter and how we really need to be working like First Graders to prepare ourselves for Second Grade. I told them that now more than ever we need to follow all directions and pay attention when I am talking. For example, if a student is talking and I give a warning and their name is moved to warning on our behavior chart I should not have to tell him/her to stop talking again. If I do have to tell them again, it will be a detention. Also, if students are on the wrong page in a book and I have helped them get to the correct page only to have them on the wrong page again I will give a warning and then a detention. We have had two quarters to learn how to use our desks and get our materials out of our desks and to the correct page. It is now time for me to always expect that they can do this. Please trust me when I say all of the students are ready for this and can handle what I am expecting them to do. I hope you will support my efforts if a note comes home in the planner about this.
At our faculty meeting on Friday Mrs. Blackburn spoke to all of us about the dress code. For the most part, our class is doing very well. A few things to keep in mind about our dress code:
Girls: The girls have grown. Please make sure that their jumpers are the appropriate length (Knee length or right above)
Girls are allowed to wear tights. Please do not wear leggings.
Boys: Please make sure that the boys hair is cut. Hair should not be long around the collar or ears.
Boys and Girls: At morning prayer and in the classroom: OLM Sweatshirts are the uniform. We can only wear non-uniform sweatshirts and jackets when we are at recess. I do encourage all of the kids to wear jackets/sweatshirts. We do have a few sweatshirts in the classroom if you are missing your sweatshirt. Also, no boots may be worn with the uniform.
Thank you for your help in all of these matters. I will write a note in the planner letting you know of any dress code issues.
Now down to this week:
Reading: "Buster is Back" and "Buster's Surprise" We are working on setting and how to tell how people in the story feel, without the characters actually saying how they feel. We are also working on comparing things by adding 'er' and 'est'.
Spelling Words: don't, won't, can't, before, girl, boy, two, four, about, over
Writing-A personal narrative
Math-Different ways to add- making a ten...for example, in our head changing 8+3 to 10+1.
Science-How adult animals care for their young and how butterflies grow
Art-Snowman---and coloring cards for Cherish Lunch that is during Catholic Schools Week
If you have any questions about anything in this blog please send me a message or come see me.
Welcome back First Grade Parents!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break!! Thank you all for the cards and gifts. I appreciate all of you and your children. I missed them all and I found it hard to sleep last night because my brain just started racing.
Today---First Semester Word Work Book of the Superkids went home. This will let you know what we did for our workbook pages in class. Every student put this workbook in their backpack.
This week in First Grade:
Reading: We have started contractions using n't. The way that I taught the students this was...For example: is not.....I said we take the word is and scoot the word not over next to it...isnot....then we get rid of the letter o and in the o's place we add an apostrophe....is not...to isnot...to isn't. We are reading, "Icky's Play" and "The Spingle Spangle Talent Show". Now that we are really into reading, I'm pushing the students that are ready to read with expression. Other students are practicing reading fluently-trying to not stop and sound out words that they have seen a bunch.
Writing-Planning a Personal Narrative
Grammar- Forming Compound Words- bedtime, seashell, playground---turning two words into one word.
Spelling Words: isn't, didn't, hasn't, hadn't, aren't, wasn't, weren't, haven't, couldn't, wouldn't
Math-Working with numbers to 20---when we see 15- we know that that is 10 + 5...we will test on this this week and move on to Chapter 8-Practicing adding and subtracting--looking at the signs and recognizing when we see clue words what we should do....sum, more---we add....less, fewer, difference---we subtract. In our homework we have some extra practice and I put a number line at the top, try to have your child not look at the problems they did the day before.....If they are stressed with the two pages only have them do one page front and back.
Religion- Jesus is God's Son
Science-Finishing up Animals
***We are in need of glue sticks...if you are able to please send glue sticks in with your child. Thank you so much.***
Friday- January 12th- Report Cards go home-Please don't worry---The kids are all moving along well!!...Minimum Day
Monday- January 15th- No School
Have a wonderful week,
Hello First Grade Parents,
This week in class:
Reading: We are learning that when vowels are together the first vowel usually makes the long sound. I tell the students, " When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking. We are reading, "Lily's Little Boat" and "The Little Horse".
Spelling: mail, tail, nail, rain, train, boat, coat, float, load, and road
Writing: Writing a letter
Math: Counting on from ten...a paper will go home on Friday explaining this chapter
Science: Animals-Making an Animal Booklet
"The Star" Field Trip tomorrow!!! Please bring your car seat.
Flour, sugar, or salt due December 19th for the Spirit of Christamas Dinner.
For our Christmas Party, we are going to decorate Gingerbread houses....if you can, please send your child in with candy to decorate with....It's going to be a messy good time!!! Mrs. Gutierrez, our lead room parent, is working on all the other details such as drinks and snacks. The party will be on December 22nd.
Hello First Grade Parents,
The students are getting very excited about going to the movies. Please turn in the permission slip and money now. Tickets are being bought for the exact amount of money we receive. I do not want to have First Graders in tears that day.
Reading: Practicing long vowel words- learning that when we add the 'ed' or 'ing' endings to words with a silent e on the end we drop the e and then add the ending...for example- hike---hiking---hiked. I told the students that if they do not know the words with the ending...cover the ending and if the word has one vowel and one letter after the vowel before the ending the vowel is long. This will take a lot of practice... Just be patient reading is a process that takes time.
The stories we are reading this week are: "A Helmet for Hot Rod" and "Race Day"
Writing-Practicing writing a friendly letter...also using First, Then, Next and Finally or Last when writing.
Spelling: baking, baked, smiling, smiled, oh, any, day, good, very, want
Math- Finishing subtraction and fact families---we will still be subtracting for homework.
Science-Animals-Different Kinds of Animals-Mammals, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds
Art- Winter Globe
Have a great week!!