Week 4- September 20-24, 2021

Mrs. McClurg’s First Grade 

September 20-24, 2021 

Concepts Covered This Week:  

Religion: 

  • We listened to the Gospel story where we learn to follow Jesus. 
  • We learned that Catholics gather in church to celebrate Mass. 
  • We practiced the greeting responses said during Mass. 
  • We took a tour of the church and found many things that show it is a Catholic Church. 

 Language Arts: 

  • We identified parts of a nonfiction book. 
  • We read then illustrated a poem to help us remember the days of the week. 
  • We wrote and illustrated words in the -it and –ig word families. 
  • We listened to shared stories from a book about families.  We then wrote about things that we had in common with the children in the stories.    
  • We practiced the correct formation of the letters a,b,c,e,f,h,I,k,l,m,n,o,p,r,s and t and reviewed the sounds that these letters make. 
  • We wrote a journal entry about ways we are special.  

Math: 

  • We reviewed numbers 0 to 12 and practiced using ordinal names. 
  • We identified and practiced using the math vocabulary words; before, after, between, fewer, more. 
  • We used graphs to answer questions about numbers 0 to 12. 
  • We counted to 17 with coins by using one dime and seven pennies. 
  • We completed the unit on number sense to 12. 

Social Studies/Science: 

  • We discussed class rules and why they are important. 
  • We drew pictures of some of the people that help keep us safe at school.  
  • We practiced ways to focus attention and follow directions so we can be successful learners.  
  • We learned a song that tells us ways to use our eyes, ears and brains to focus. 

Specialist Classes- Physical Education/Art/Music/Spanish/Library: 

  • In art we listened to the story, Apples and Pumpkins, then painted fall landscapes with watercolors.  We also drew squirrels for the first day of autumn. 
  • In music we learned a new greeting song and played a steady beat with rhythm sticks to the poem Chop Chop Chippity Chop.  
  • In physical education we played our hungry caterpillar game while working on the skill of cooperation. We listened to the book, I Really Want To Win; it talks about the importance of being a good sport when you are not the winner and that it is important to always try your best.    
  • In Spanish we learned how to greet our teacher and our classmates.  We learned to follow some simple directions and drew pictures of things we like to do. 
  • At the library, we listened to a story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.
     

Week 3- September 13-17, 2021

Mrs. McClurg’s First Grade 

This week, we worked on daily routines. We practiced following directions and lining up. We are discovering ways to be active listeners and show that we are ready to learn. We had a busy week and are ready for a relaxing weekend.  

Concepts Covered This Week  

Religion: 

  • We participated in School Mass. 
  • We learned that the Catholic Church is a community of believers that love and care for each other. 
  • We practiced some of the first grade and kindergarten prayers. 
  • We listened to the Gospel story where Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd.”  We made sheep to add to Jesus’ flock. 

Language Arts: 

  • We practiced reading sight words. 
  • We wrote and illustrated words in the -an and –at word families. 
  • We identified the topic and characters in several poems and stories. 
  • We practiced the correct formation of the letters a,c, f,l,m,n,o,p,s and t. 
  • We reviewed many consonant sounds. 
  • We wrote a journal entry using action words.  

Math: 

  • We reviewed numbers 0 to 12. 
  • We identified and practiced using the math vocabulary words; greater than, more than, less than, fewer than and equal to. 
  • We used pictures and symbols to illustrate numbers 0-12. 
  • We looked at number patterns. 

Social Studies/Science: 

  • We discussed class rules and why they are important. 
  • We looked at pictures and discussed some of our feelings. 
  • We practiced ways to listen and focus attention so we can be successful learners.  

Specialist Classes- Physical Education/Art/Music/Spanish/Library: 

  • In art we listened to the story, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds.  We created dots using the elements of art and two colors from the color wheel.  
  • In music we moved to music and learned the Danish Greeting Dance, explored tempo with a song called The Grand Old Duke of York, and played a variety of rhythms with rhythm sticks. 
  • In physical education we  worked on learning and practicing the PE and recess rules. Last week in PE we played some recess games that require teamwork. This week we did more work with working in teams to complete a noodle challenge and we talked about cooperation. 
  • In Spanish we learned how to greet our teacher and our classmates.  We learned to follow some simple directions and drew pictures of things we like to do. 
  • At the library, we listened to a story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.
     

 

First Week of School

September 1, 2021

Welcome to First Grade!

This year we have 23 wonderful first grade students and one teacher and one instructional assistant.

Each morning, we will line up on the playground in our designated spot.  I will meet the students outside and lead them into the building through the side entrance.  Parents that need to enter the building may come in through the front door.

Students will need to have a snack every day, even on early release days.   They will need a lunch and a snack on all regularly scheduled class days.

After school, students will go to their assigned sign at the traffic loop and wait for you to pick them up.  If a student is in EDP, he/she will go to the Library and sign in.  If a student is in a car pool, please let Mrs. Dennis and Mrs. McClurg know where your child is to wait.  I will inform the teacher at this sign that your child will be there that day.

Your child will have an agenda and nightly homework.  He/she is to do the homework at home or EDP, and return it to school the next day.  The daily homework will be written in the student agenda.  Unfortunately, our agendas are on back order.  For the time being, we will write our homework on a paper and place it in our red homework folder. It is a very good idea to check the agenda daily for student homework and notes.  I initial the homework and it is a good idea for parents to do the same.     I always tell students it is not parent’s homework, it is yours!  Homework folders will begin to come home on Tuesday, September 7th.

On Thursday, please have your child bring a small blanket or towel, a small stuffed animal and favorite quite toy or book. We will have these special items for times when we need to sit on the carpet and take a break from school routines.  The blankets help us stay in our designated spaces. A reusable grocery bag is a great place to keep these items clean and safe.  Our bags will stay in the classroom and not travel to EDP or the playground.

I look forward to meeting each of you.  Please know that I will do my very best to keep your child safe and to help them to feel loved while they are at school.  If you have any questions, please email my school address of leave a telephone message.  I will get back to you within 24 hours.

We have going to have a fantastic first grade year.

Sincerely,

Paige C. McClurg