The children will be wearing their winter uniforms starting next week. Please take a few minutes to write your child’s name in all clothing (and shoes) that he or she will be wearing to school. This proactive action will help when 2 children have placed their identical sweaters, gym sweats, etc. in the closet or their backpack and the item falls to the floor.
I would appreciate your help with another challenge for the children: they would like to bring toys from home for various reasons, most especially to do what everyone else is “doing”. We have a policy at SAS, noted in the handbook, that the children are not to bring toys to school. Of course, with the teacher’s invitation, a child may bring a sharing toy; I will send a coupon home for this purpose to let you know when it is okay.
We are in the final weeks of ordinary time in the church, before entering the season of Advent. We hear of how Jesus taught others through example and stories in the gospel readings. The children love these stories, especially the story of the little children who were brought to Jesus.
May the love of Jesus sustain you this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We begin a discussion of what “Ordinary Time” is in the Catholic Church. They will learn that the Church celebrates the life and teachings of Jesus, as well as discover ways to be followers of Jesus.
Language Arts: Phonics: Decode words with ng and le; Identify rhyming words Phonemic Awareness: Associate picture names with rhyming words Vocabulary: Recognize and understand Memory Words do, have, show, how, me, a Recognize story words blow, story; Categorize words associated with up and down Discuss the meaning of scrub-a-matic;Understand sequence words Comprehension: Use pictures and prior knowledge; Understand text features; Complete sentences about a story; Generate questions to distinguish reality and fantasy; Recognize plot: Problem and solution; Use pictures and prior knowledge, Answer questions about a poem; Recognize patterns in text Recognize sequence of events Fluency: Read rhythmically Read with natural phrasing Listening and Speaking: Discuss taking turns and working together Writing Write a poem with a pattern Spellling: Review spelling of Memory Words do, have, show, how, me, a Encode words with ng and le and plural -s Assess spelling Grammar, Usage: Understand verbs and the ending -ed ; Use verbs to understand time of action Listening and Speaking: Listen for details in a song; Follow oral directions Listen and respond to oral presentations
Math: The children are learning about the doubles and near doubles facts to develop strategies for addition. Near Doubles-Students use doubles facts to learn near doubles facts. They learn how basic addition facts that are near doubles can be found using a related doubles fact. Facts with 5 on a ten frame- Students use a ten-frame to write addition facts with 5. They learn how facts with sums 6 through 10 can be broken into 5 plus some more. Subtracting 0,1, & 2 -Students master concepts of 0 less than, 1 less than, and 2 less than when subtracting 0, 1, or 2. They learn that the number relationships of 0 less, 1 less, and 2 less are the basis for subtraction facts involving 0, 1, or 2. Thinking addition - Students learn to use doubles addition facts to master related subtraction facts. They learn that addition and subtraction have an inverse relationship. They learn how the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction can be used to find subtraction facts and that every subtraction fact has a related addition fact.
Science: Through discussion, I will determine level of understanding about how sound reaches us. The children will understand that vibrations are responsible for the sounds we hear; they will learn that vibrations travel through different mediums.
Social Studies: The children will compare barter to using money to buy goods and services; explain the cost of giving one thing up when making a buying choice; explain ways people can save money.