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Week 22- February 10-14, 2020

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel where Jesus tells us small things like salt and light can make a big difference.
  • We learned about the Sacrament of Baptism.
  • We defined grace as God’s loving presence in our lives.
  • We listened to a story about Saint Valentine and learned where the tradition of giving cards originated.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with all short vowel sounds.
  • We practiced reading and writing contractions.
  • We read poems and realistic fiction stories about learning to read.
  • We wrote good descriptive sentences with a subject and predicate.
  • We wrote a journal entry on how we adapt to cold winter weather.

Math:

  • We reviewed the vocabulary words associated with number sense.
  • We continued to look at teen numbers as a group of ten and ones.
  • We ordered groups of numbers from greatest to least and least to greatest.
  • We looked for and continued making patterns for a group of numbers.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We began to learn about our country by defining the words settler and freedom.
  • We drew pictures in our journal depicting a settler and freedom.
  • We learned about George Washington and why he was chosen to be the first President.

Physical Education/Music/Spanish/Art:

  • In Physical Education, we participated in the Jump for Heart obstacle course. You can make a donation at www.americanheart.org/jump – click on WA state to find our school, or turn in a pledge at the office.
  • In Music, we listened to Kangaroo by Camille Saint Saens and moved to the changes in the music. We read, sang, and used hand symbols for Solfege notes sol and mi. Solfege is a system of reading music notes that teaches the students to think of musical pitches in terms of intervals.
  • In Spanish, we practiced songs and repetitions with movement, reviewed the Holy Trinity, practiced using courtesy words and wrote Valentine cards for a friend.
  • In Art, we worked with self-hardening clay to make an animal. We also made Valentine decorations and decorated our Valentine boxes.

Week 21- February 3-7, 2020

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We learned that the Gospel stories during Ordinary Time are about the life and teachings of Jesus
  • We learned that Baptism is a special celebration to welcome new members into our church.
  • We worked with a partner to finish “Happy Notes” to children in our community.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with all short vowels sounds and beginning blends.
  • We read animal fantasy books about friendship.
  • We identified nouns and pronouns in poems and stories.
  • We practiced reading and writing proper nouns.
  • We formed sentences with a naming part(subject) and a telling part(predicate).
  • We wrote answers to literacy questions where we supported our idea with an event from the story.

Math:

  • We practiced reading, building and writing teen numbers as a group of 1 ten and some ones.
  • We compared groups of objects and numbers by using the signs for greater than, less than and equals.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned how and why some animals hibernate in the winter.
  • We worked in groups to make posters to remind three animals what they should do to survive the harsh winter weather.

Physical Education/Spanish/Art/Music

  • In Physical Education, we began to develop ball handling skills relating to volleyball and basketball.
  • In Spanish, we reviewed listening exercises and practiced songs for directional words.
  • In Art, we become art detectives while looking at one of the paintings in the school. We created an artwork using weaving techniques to re-create a part of the painting.
  • In Music, we took an assessment for reading quarter and eighth note rhythms (ta and ti-ti). We learned the action song Rig a Jig and used it to play a game. We also learned the spiritual Michael Row.

Week 17- January 6-10, 2020

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to the Gospel story of the Epiphany and made group pictures of the three wise men.
  • We learned about the Holy Family and compared Jesus family life to our family lives.
  • We listened to a story that showed helping others as an act of kindness.
  • We participated in a school Mass and noticed the colors and symbols of the Christmas Season.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with short u vowels and beginning blends.
  • We read fiction stories about pets.
  • We identified action verbs in our stories, then wrote sentences using some of these verbs.
  • We practiced reading and writing proper nouns.
  • We wrote answers to literacy questions where we supported our idea with an event from the story.
  • We practiced finding a “just right” reading book to read by ourselves or with a buddy.

Math:

  • We reviewed vocabulary words associated with shapes.
  • We practiced combining shapes to make a new shape.
  • We broke complicated structures into individual shapes.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned about the four things animals need to survive: air, food, water and shelter.
  • We reviewed our individual answers to the questions: How do animals know winter is coming?
  • We began to read about how animals survive the winter.

Physical Education/Spanish/Art/Music

  • In Physical Education, we began a rhythm and dance unit by dancing to simple children circle dances.
  • In Spanish, we reviewed listening exercises and practiced songs for directional words. We completed an activity emphasizing the Epiphany.
  • In Art, we created an image of Mary for winter.
  • In Music,we practiced reading eighth and quarter note rhythms using the song Strawberry Shortcake. We also listening to Winter by Vivaldi and used balloons to move to the beat of music.

 

 

 

Weeks 12 & 13- November 18-27, 2019

November 18-27, 2019              Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We discussed the Gospel story where Jesus shows love by forgiving.
  • We also discussed what it means to be thankful.
  • We identified actions and words that show we are thankful.
  • We listened to two Gospel stories that demonstrate being thankful.
  • We participated in a Mass and Prayer Service.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with the short “o” sound.
  • We practiced reading and writing words with –s and –ing endings.
  • We read stories about frogs and ways we can help the members of our families.
  • We wrote listening center response sentences with a subject and a predicate.
  • We read all our sight words and learned to find a “just right” reading book.

Math:

  • We reviewed the math vocabulary words: subtraction sentence, whole, parts and difference.
  • We reviewed strategies to solve subtraction problems.
  • We practiced listening to and making subtraction sentences problems.
  • We worked with partners on various problem solving techniques.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We practiced finding continents and oceans on a world map and a globe.
  • We worked with a partner to find picture examples of different land masses and water sources.
  • We learned about the life of Pilgrim children by reading a news articles and watching a Scholastic News video.
  • We discussed the significance of Thanksgiving.

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art:

  • In Physical Education, we practiced movement on the bars, balance beam, mini tramp and mats .We focused on safety and taking turns, sharing the mat and head “tucks” for forward rolls.
  • In Spanish,we reviewed previous lessons with songs and repetitions with movements. We learn words to ask for help and to offer thanks
  • In Music, we began to prepare for the Christmas Program. We practiced our song, Go Tell it on the Mountain. We discussed the lyrics, some vocabulary words and the importance of intonation when making music.
  • In Art, we made a landscape using analogous colors.

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Week 8- October 21-25, 2019

Concepts covered this week:

Religion:

  • We listened to Sunday’s Gospel story and learned that God answers our prayers and gives us what we need.
  • We participated in the Virtus safety program, learned about personal boundaries and how they change according to different people and situations.
  • We participated in an All School Mass.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing short “a” words.
  • We completed writing descriptive sentences and listening center responses.
  • We practiced the concept of ending sounds and reviewed opposite words.
  • We wrote personal invitations to our grandparents for Grandparent’s Day.

Math:

  • We practiced using addition vocabulary words: add, add on, plus, equals, sum, addition sentence.
  • We used models, pictures and numbers to show additions sentences to ten.
  • We practiced the strategy of counting on from the largest number.
  • We learned that you can add two numbers in any order and end up with the same answer (commutative property of addition)
Social Studies/ Science
  • We continued to work in teams to build a barrier mimicking plant protection parts.
  • We tested of our barriers to see if they would keep Goldilocks away from the Bear’s house.  Some teams made adjustments to their barriers.
Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art
  • In Physical Education we learned where the lungs are located and how to keep our lungs healthy.
  • In Music we learned that rhythms come from words in the song. We played the rhythm of  Today is Monday on instruments. We added creative body percussion motions to the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.
  • In Art we learned about using cut paper shapes to make a whole-class art piece.
  • In Spanish we reviewed words and numbers with songs and repetitions with movement or class activities.We also learned about the tradition of the day of the dead.
Next Week:
  • On Wednesday, we will travel to St. Francis Care Center to share songs and cheer. Parents are welcome to walk with us. We will leave at 9:45AM.
  • On Thursday, we will celebrate Halloween with a class party sponsored by our parents.
  • On Friday, we will celebrate All Saint’s Day with the parish community.

Week 7- October 14-18, 2019

October 18, 2019- Concepts covered this week
Religion:
  • We listened to Sunday’s Gospel story and recognized the importance of thanking Jesus.
  • We listened to both versions of the Creation story.
  • We discussed and illustrated ways we can care for creation.
  • We identified people that help and care for us.
Language Arts:
  • We practiced reading and writing short “a” words.
  • We wrote literature responses in a complete sentence.
  • We identified rhyming words and familiar ending sounds.
  • We identified and illustrated words that describe other things.
  • We read and illustrated poems about cats.
  • We practiced reading more sight words and cvc words(words like nap).
Math:
  • We reviewed the math vocabulary words: whole, parts, add, add on and 1 more.
  • We had a unit review on number order and number bonds. We will continue to review these concepts.
  • We used pictures to tell addition stories.
  • We used the weather graph to show 1 more and 1 less.
Social Studies/ Science
  • We identified ways seeds travel and planted seeds at the school garden.
  • We designed individual prototypes, then worked in teams to build a barrier following the given criteria.
  • We participated in an earthquake drill.
Physical Education/ Spanish/Music/ Art/Computer Lab:
  • In Physical Education we practiced keeping our eye on the ball and manipulated balls with our feet. We improved shoulder strength through a variety of changing challenges.
  • In Spanish we reviewed directions with songs, practiced simple sentences such as “wait, again, please, help, repeat, etc.” We learned a new song about autumn, reviewed numbers 1-10 and the Sign of the Cross.
  • In Music, we played an Orff accompaniment on xylophones and glockenspiels for the song Bye Low Baby Oh, and sang Hey Betty Martin to differentiate between beat and rhythm.We also used popsicle sticks to tap our rhythms of the songs we know.
  • In Art we learned about different kinds of shapes, as well as reflection and monochromatic colors.We made monsters and fall landscapes.
Next Week:
  • We will practice reading new sight words: are, make, play, find, friend
  • We will practice and write new spelling words: at, cat, nap, sad, g
  • We will begin the Virtus safety lessons on boundaries.

Week 6- October 7-10, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  •  We read about and drew pictures of our guardian angels.
  •  We learned about the job of a pastor from our special guest “Father Moore”.
  • We identified God as the Creator and illustrated things that were created by God.
  • We attended the Saint Francis Animal Blessing and learned how Saint Francis cared for and loved living things.

Language Arts:

  • We reviewed letter sounds and correct letter formation of all consonants.
  • We practiced reading many sight words in phonic reading stories.
  • We identified words in the –ut, and –up word families.
  • We wrote a realistic or make believe journal entry about taking a bath (Rosco took a bath in the dishwasher).
  • We listened to a story and responded to a literacy question in a complete sentence.

Math:

  • We defined and used the math vocabulary words; whole, part, number bond.
  • We broke a special number (whole) into two groups (parts) and learned that there are many combinations for the special number.
  • We practiced some problem solving strategies involving the words more or less.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We participated in a class election and voted dog as our favorite pet.
  • We reviewed and illustrated external plant parts.
  • We watched an interesting Ted Talk video, then made a class list of ways that plants protect themselves.

Physical Education/Music/Spanish/ Art/

  • In Physical Education we practiced passing, kicking and trapping a ball.
  • In Music we learned about melodic direction (high and low sounds, distinguished if pitches traveled up or down, sang in a low or high pitch) with the song High Low, and learned a xylophone accompaniment to Bye Low Baby Oh. We began to learn about the composer of the month, Antonio Vivaldi.
  • In Spanish we reviewed directions with songs, such as up, down, left, right. We learned communication in the classroom so that students can follow basic instructions in Spanish. We practiced greetings for different times of the day.
  • In Art we learned about reflection and warm and cool colors while drawing a landscape.

 

Week 4- September 23-27, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  •  We listened to and discussed the Gospel where we follow Jesus’ message to place our faith and trust in God.
  •  We completed a booklet about Mass.
  •  We practiced responding to Father’s blessing with the words “And with your Spirit.”
  •  We made a list of items that we saw on our church tour. We labelled and illustrated three items found in our parishes.

Language Arts:

  • We reviewed letter sounds and correct letter formation of all consonants.
  • We practiced reading many sight words in phonic reading stories and poems.
  • We identified words in the –ot, and -op word families.
  • We wrote a journal entry about what we like to do with a friend.
  • We identified and illustrated actions that we like and do not like to do.

Math:

  • We reviewed the terms more, less, greater and fewer by using blocks, pictures and numbers to show one more or one less of a given number.
  • We completed a first grade math assessment. We learned that sometimes you have to make a best guess if you do not know an answer.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We discussed a class problem and came up with a list of possible solutions. We then illustrated our feelings and how we could use one of the solutions.
  • We revisited our solution list to see which strategies were working.
  • We began to look at communities and laws.

Physical Education/Music/Art/Spanish/ Computer Lab

  • In Physical Education, we enhanced personal development of visual concentration on moving objects by using bean bags and balls.
  • In Music we were introduced to the musical scale and explored melodic direction with the song Jack and Jill.
  • In Spanish, we learned directions with songs, such as up, down, left, right. We also learned communication in the classroom so we can follow basic instructions in Spanish.
  • In Art, we work on our art portfolios. We did not have art with Ms. Gottschalk this week.
  • Mrs. Cornwell played her guitar for us and taught us a fun song about a sheep.

Next Week:

  • We will visit the school garden on Tuesday, October 1st.
  • We will read the sight words: one, two, three, we, get, what
  • We will spell the words: not, to, do, at, like

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.