Week 9- October 25-29, 2021

Mrs. McClurg’s First Grade 

October 25-29, 2021 

Concepts Covered This Week:  

Religion: 

  • We listened to the Gospel story where we see the goodness of God. 
  • We learned that praising God is celebrating his goodness. 
  • We learned what praise means and practiced ways to praise each other. 
  • We practiced saying prayers of praise. 

Language Arts: 

  • We practiced ways to read fiction stories and nonfiction science articles. 
  • We began to use the class I-pads for individual reading time. 
  • We read, then illustrated a poem describing pumpkins. 
  • We practiced reading stories with high frequency sight words. 
  • We used these words to write sentences about what we like to do with friends and things that we like and do not like. 
  • We listened to a story about a Halloween house, then wrote a journal entry about a Halloween house.  
  • We practiced the correct formation of all letters.  We also practiced identifying the vowel and consonants that made words rhyme. 
  • We listened to many stories about Halloween. 

Math: 

  • We continued to use the math vocabulary words; whole, part, sum, addend, plus and equals. 
  • We continue to work with the communitive property of addition by adding parts (addends) in any order to come up with the same whole(sum). 
  • We used different strategies to solve real world addition problems. 
  • We played the game Bump with a partner to practice addition strategies. 
  • We counted to 41 representing the number of days in school by using dimes and pennies. 
  • We looked for different patterns on our October calendar and weather graph. 

 Social Studies/Science: 

  • We continued to test our barriers to see if they would keep Goldilocks out of Baby Bear’s yard.  So far, all barriers tested have met the three criteria.  
  • We continued to practice active listening using the steps from the Second Step program. 
  • We looked at some pictures of children with real or imaginary boundaries. We discussed how the child was feeling and some things the child could do or say to feel safe.  
  • We discussed different kinds of touches such as; comfortable/uncomfortable and safe/unsafe.   We discussed some ways to use an assertive voice to tell a person when they have made us feel scared or unsafe. 

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

  • In art we finished making our spiders, then added them to our painted web background.  This activity required active listening and focus.   
  • In music we continued to explore tone color (timbre) with the book, The Little Old Lady That Wasn’t Afraid of Anything. We chose instruments to help recreate the story’s mood. 
  • In physical education we used hula hoops to practice a variety of balance skills and locomotor skills. We also used noodles to show our personal space. We finished the week with some fun Halloween themed games. 
  • In Spanish we learned about calaveras by cutting out and dressing skeletons, then singing the song “Las Calaveras.”  We also helped to decorate the altar for Dia de Muertos and learned some of the traditions used in Mexico to celebrate this day. 
  • At the library, we listened to a funny story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.
     

 

 

 

Week 8- October 18-22, 2021

Mrs. McClurg’s First Grade 

October 18-22, 2021 

 Concepts Covered This Week:  

Religion: 

  • We listened to the Gospel story where Jesus calls us to serve others. 
  • We learned that all things created by God show his love for us. 
  • We made a list of people who care for us.  
  • We practiced saying prayers of thanks. 

Language Arts: 

  • We practiced ways to read nonfiction science articles for information. 
  • We read, then illustrated a poem about the wind. 
  • We practiced reading stories with high frequency sight words. 
  • We used these words to write sentences about animals that would fit in our laps and descriptions of our families. 
  • We listened to a story about Clifford’s busy week, then wrote a journal entry about our busy weeks.  
  • We practiced the correct formation of all letters.  We also practiced writing rhyming words and words with the same ending sounds. 
  • We listened to many stories about autumn days and pumpkins. 

Math: 

  • We continued to use the math vocabulary words; whole, part, sum, addend, plus and equals. 
  • We used number bonds to help us solve addition problems. 
  • We practiced using different combinations of numbers to come up with the same sum. 
  • We continue to work with the communitive property of addition by adding parts (addends) in any order to come up with the same whole(sum). 
  • We played games with number cards to practice our addition strategies. 
  • We counted to 36, representing the number of days in school by using dimes and pennies. 

 Social Studies/Science: 

  • We began to test our barriers to see if they would keep Goldilocks out of Baby Bear’s yard.  So far, all barriers tested have met the three criteria.  
  • We continued to practice active listening using the steps from the Second Step program. 
  • We learned that our bodies are special and precious.  Sometimes our bodies may have real or imagined boundaries that help to keep us safe. 
  • We discussed some ways to use an assertive voice to tell a person when they have made us feel scared or unsafe. 

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

  • In art we used paper and streamers to create spiders.  This activity required active listening and focus.  We also added black silhouettes to our spooky background. 
  • In music we continued to explore tone color (timbre) with the book, My Many-Colored Days.  We presented our musical interpretation of the book to our teacher. 
  • In physical education we learned how to toss and catch a ball and how to keep our bodies and equipment in control. We have had a great week of active listening and waiting for the music as a cue to begin. 
  • In Spanish we practiced reciting The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. We learned words to describe seasons and weather. 
  • At the library, we listened to a Halloween story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.
     

 

 

Week 7- October 11-14, 2021

Mrs. McClurg’s First Grade 

October 11-14, 2021 

 Concepts Covered This Week:  

Religion: 

  • We listened to the Gospel story where Jesus asks us to share with others. 
  • We learned that God created the world and everything in it from nothing. 
  • We listened to part 1 and part 2 of the creation story  
  • We colored pictures of some of the things that God created.. 

Language Arts: 

  • We identified the items on a book’s title page. 
  • We read, then illustrated a poem about autumn leaves. 
  • We practiced reading stories with high frequency sight words. 
  • We used these words to write sentences about things that we can see at the farm or in our yards. 
  • We listened to story about leaves then wrote a journal entry about fall leaves.  
  • We practiced the correct formation of all letters.  We also practiced writing the beginning, medial and final consonant in words. 
  • We listened to many stories by Laura Numeroff and Felica Bond.  

Math: 

  • We identified and practiced using the math vocabulary words; whole, part, sum, addend, plus and equals. 
  • We counted on by using blocks and the number line to find a sum. 
  • We learned that you can add the parts (addends) in any order and still come up with the same whole(sum). 
  • We played games with number cards to practice our addition strategies. 
  • We counted to 31 with coins by using dimes and pennies. 

 

Social Studies/Science: 

  • We practiced ways to focus attention and follow directions so we can be successful learners.  
  • We reviewed the 6 parts of a plant 
  • We learned of different ways that plants protect themselves.   
  • We drew a protype (picture) of a structure to keep Goldilocks out of Baby Bear’s yard.  We used what we learned about plants to add protective features to our pictures. 

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

  • In art we used paper and streamers to create spiders.  This activity required active listening and focus. 
  • In music we explored tone color (timbre) with the book, My Many-Colored Days.  We learned to convey mood using musical instruments. 
  • In physical education we learned how to toss and catch a ball and how to keep our bodies and equipment in control. We have had a great week of active listening and waiting for the music as a cue to begin. 
  • In Spanish we practiced reciting The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. We learned words to describe feelings and emotions.  We also reviewed names for members of our family. 
  • At the library, we listened to a Halloween story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.
     

 

Week 6- October 4-8, 2021

Mrs. McClurg’s First Grade 

October 4-8, 2021 

Concepts Covered This Week:  

Religion: 

  • We listened to the Gospel story where we learned Jesus loved children and families. 
  • We learned about some of the important events in the life of Saint Francis 
  • We drew pictures of our parish churches and identified our pastors.  
  • We practiced saying a blessing prayer where we asked for God’s loving care. 

Language Arts: 

  • We identified some of the parts of a nonfiction book. 
  • We read, then illustrated a poem about counting. 
  • We practiced saying, then writing rhyming word phrases. 
  • We wrote and illustrated words in the -ot and –op word families.  We also wrote and illustrated words in the –ut and-ub word families. 
  • We listened to the story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, from the boy’s perspective.  We wrote about ways we would help this kind boy clean up the mess. 
  • Practiced the correct formation of all letters of the alphabet and the sounds that these letters make. 

Math: 

  • We used number bonds to show the parts and whole for a given number. 
  • We continued to use cubes, pictures, number bonds and numbers to show different ways to make a given number (5 is 2 and 3, 1and 4, 0 and 5). 
  • We practiced breaking a whole number into three parts. 
  • We started to fill in a calendar and weather graph for the month of October. 
  • We counted to 27 with coins by using two dimes and pennies. 
  • We completed a chapter test on number bonds. 

Social Studies/Science:  

  • We learned that assertive communication is the best way to ask for help.  We practiced using assertive posture and tone of voice to express our needs. 
  • We continued to use active listening to help us follow directions. 
  • We learned how some community workers, like firefighters, keep us safe. 
  • We learned to use nouns while labeling the parts of a firefighter’s uniform.  We also practiced reading to understand.  

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

  • In art we used paint and special applicators to create spider webs. We also used warm colors to create the background for a fall picture.   
  • In music we explored tone color (timbre) with the book, My Many Colored Days.  We learned to convey mood using musical instruments. 
  • In physical education we continued to work on locomotor skills by practicing a variety of movements, pathways, and levels with juggling scarves. 
  • In Spanish we practiced greetings, counting and directional words.  We began to review color words by listening to the story, Brown Bear in Spanish. 
  • At the library, we listened to a story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.
     

 

Week 5- September 27-October 1, 2021

Concepts Covered This Week:  

Religion: 

  • We listened to the Gospel story where we learned we belong to God’s family. 
  • We identified many items in a Catholic Church. 
  • We learned that when we gather in Jesus’ name, he is with us. 
  • We identified our parish churches. 
  • We participated in the weekly school Mass 

Language Arts: 

  • We identified parts of a nonfiction book. 
  • We read, then illustrated a poem about friends. 
  • We wrote and illustrated words in the -et and –en word families. 
  • We continued to listen to shared stories from a book about families.  We then wrote what the stories made us think about.   
  • We practiced the correct formation of the letters a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,I,j,I,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t and x and reviewed the sounds that these letters make. 

Math: 

  • We used number bonds to show the parts and whole for a given number. 
  • We used cubes, pictures, number bonds and numbers to show different ways to make a given number (5 is 2 and 3, 1and 4, 0 and 5). 
  • We completed a calendar and weather graph for the month of September. 
  • We counted to 22 with coins by using two dimes and two pennies. 
  • We completed a first-grade math inventory test. 

Social Studies/Science:  

  • We learned that self-talk means talking to yourself in a quiet voice or inside your head.   
  • We practiced using self-talk to help us focus and ignore distractions. 
  • We learned how the author/illustrator, Yuyi Morales, comes up with ideas for books.  She also showed us how she turns an idea into a story. 

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

  • In art we draw the outline of a snake, then add lines with crayons and paint to the body with watercolors.  We practiced using vocabulary words to describe these lines: straight, hills, dots, zigzag, dashes, clouds, castle, loops and waves.    We also finished painting our fall landscapes with watercolors.   
  • In music we explored tone color (timbre) with the book, My Many Colored Days.  We learned to convey mood using musical instruments. 
  • In physical education we practiced a variety of movements, pathways, and levels with juggling scarves. 
  • In Spanish we practiced greetings and counting to 20.  We listened to the story, The Three Bears and learned the names of the characters in Spanish. 
  • At the library, we listened to a story and checked out 2 books of personal interest.