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Week 3- September 16-20, 2019

Concepts Covered this Week:

Religion:

  •  We listened to the Gospel story of the lost sheep and drew illustrations of our interpretations of the reading.
  •  We discussed the difference between church and Mass.
  •  We took a tour of Assumption Catholic Church and observed objects in the church.
  • We recorded and illustrated items we saw on our church tour.

Language Arts:

  • We reviewed letter sounds and correct letter formation of most consonants.
  • We practiced reading and writing our spelling words.
  • We practiced reading our sight words in stories.
  • We read words and made pictures of words in the –ig and –it word families.
  • We read and illustrated the poem Monday, Run Day by Nick Sharratt

Math:

  • We made pictographs to help us count and compare objects.
  • We used numbers to answer math questions that featured the words greater, fewer, more and less.
  • We solved real world math problems.
  • We completed a math assessment of numbers 0-10. (number sense to 10)

Science/Social Studies:

  •  We identified people within the school community that help to keep us safe and follow the directions.
  •   We discussed ways to solve some problems that may take place on the playground or in the restrooms.
  •   We listened to the story, Rain School, and discussed similarities and differences of first graders in Chad and at Assumption Catholic School.

Art/Music/Physical Education/Spanish

  • In Art we, listened to a read aloud of In My Heart by Jo Witek and created a heart work based on the colors and feelings of the heart.
  •  In Music we practiced following a steady beat in a song, using a high/low pitched voice in the poem Grandma’s Glasses, and vowels in the song Apples and Bananas.
  • In Physical Education we continued to work on personal space through a jump rope series and cooperation around the parachute.
  • In Spanish we practiced the words for up and down with pictures, words and movement activities. We also reviewed colors, numbers and phrases that help us to follow directions.

Next Week:

  • We will have our first visit to the school library on Wednesday, September 25. This is also the first hot lunch at 11:30 AM in the Gym.
  • We will read new sight words: not, you, do, that, to like.
  • Our Spelling words for next week: it, in, is, big, can.   Bonus Word- little

 

Week 2- September 9-13, 2019

Religion:

  • We listened to the bible story where Jesus tells us “I am the Good Shepherd”.
  • We defined a church community.
  • We gave examples of how church members show love to each other.
  • We participated in an All School Mass. 

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading sight words.
  • We practiced the correct formation of the letters: b,c,f,h,k,l,m,n,p,r and t.
  • We worked with –at, -an and -ap word families.
  • We practiced buddy reading with an assigned partner.
  • We wrote a sentence or two in our journals using the new sight words. 

Math:

  • We reviewed math vocabulary words: more, greater, less, fewer before, after and between.
  • We practiced matching numbers 1-10 to the correct number names.
  • We reviewed ordinal numbers and practiced matching the ordinal word to a position in a picture.
  • We used pictures and patterns to solve real world problems. 

Social Studies/Science:

  • We defined and illustrated the word community in our Social Studies journal.
  • We identified and illustrated people in our school community that can help us stay safe and follow directions and rules. 

Art/Music/Physical Education/Spanish:

  • In our first grade classroom we made self-portraits, sheep for Jesus’ flock and learned new songs and stretches to help with class transitions.
  • In Art we worked with clay, then markers and paper to create animals.
  • In Music we explored tempo with the song The Grand Old Duke of York. We also labeled beat and rhythm with the song Choo Choo Train, and continued to practice classroom procedures.
  • In Physical Education we practiced jump rope skills, worked with a partner to follow movement directions and participated in group parachute activities.
  • In Spanish we reviewed classroom rules, reviewed how to greet and say goodbye to someone. We also practiced saying and responding to words for body position and voice control. 

Next Week:

  • We will have our first visit to the school garden on Tuesday, September 17th. We will also have individual photos
  • We will have our first Early Release and casual uniform day on Wednesday, September 18th.
  • We will have our first spelling test on Thursday. The 4 words tested will be: I, see, and, the.
  • We will read stories with some new sight words. The new words are: is, it, in, big, have, little.

Week 1- September 2-6, 2019

This week, we worked on daily routines.  We practiced following directions and lining up.  We are discovering our best listening spot on the carpet.  We had a busy week and deserve a relaxing weekend.

Concepts Covered This Week

Religion:

  • We participated in an All School Mass.
  • We practiced using our Religion textbooks.
  • We practiced some of the First grade prayers.
  • We listened to the Gospel story where Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd.”

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading sight words.
  • We practiced the correct formation of the letters f,h,k,l,r and t.
  • We reviewed many consonant sounds.
  • We made pictures of our favorite lunch items.
  • We practice writing color words.

Math:

  • We reviewed numbers 0 to 10.
  • We identified and practiced using the math vocabulary greater, fewer, more and less.
  • We looked at number patterns.
  • We shared some problem solving techniques.

Social Studies/Science:

  • We discussed class rules and why they are important.
  • We discussed and drew pictures of some of our feelings.
  • We looked at ways to be a good school citizen.

Physical Education:

  • We reviewed class rules and protocols through the games from Adventure Curriculum. This includes; stop and start signals, request to leave the class, evaluation rubric, and being responsible for equipment. Students know to inform me of physical or emotional injuries. They know where the first aid kit is located, and that it is most important in an emergency to be quiet.

Art/Music/Spanish:

  • With Mrs. McClurg, we made self-portraits and practiced songs to use for class routines.
  • In Art class, we brainstormed, designed, and drew Essential Agreements for art class.
  • In Music class we learned classroom procedures and reviewed musical concepts. We reviewed beat, our 4 voices (speaking, whisper, calling and singing), and call and response singing.
  • In Spanish Class we talked about class expectations, reviewed directions and learned a new song.

Welcome to First Grade

August 28, 2019

Welcome to First Grade!

This year we have twenty-four wonderful first grade students, one teacher and one morning 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 carpool, please let Mrs. Dennis and Mrs. McClurg know where your child is to wait.  I will inform the teacher at that 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.  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 your mom’s homework, it is yours!

I look forward to meeting each of you at Curriculum Night on September 11th.  I will highlight first grade curriculum and go over my classroom management program and grading system. If you have questions you may e-mail my school address or 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