I can’t thank you enough for joining us for our annual Race for Education this past Friday. It was a huge success, as far as the children were concerned, with one child proclaiming it the “best day ever!”.
We will begin rehearsing for our play this week. Thank you for assisting your children with memorizing their parts. We had an opportunity to share our progress with each other last week and it was quite obvious how hard the children are working on be the best actors they can be. With our costumes almost complete, it is time to make our invitations and share the excitement at school and at home!
I truly appreciate all of the support you have given the children to enable this to be their best school year yet!
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade *************
Religion We will continue to learn of God’s love for us and our families as we work on the Family Life unit. The topics this week include: 1 discovering that God gives us gift of a loving heart that we can use in acts of love for our family, our friends and ourselves 2 Explaining that we can control how we act on our feelings 3 understanding that learning is an important part of growing and God gives us many things to help us learn and 4 learning the importance of caring for the body.
Language Arts We will be learning the various components of acting in a play as well as: Phonemic Awareness Identify /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/ Phonics Associate oo with /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/ decode words with oo Vocabulary -Understand the meanings of barefoot, crook, and pocketbook Understand the meanings of Pattern Words Recognize and understand Memory Words live (/liv/), eight, old, hold, write Understand homographs and homophones Comprehension Associate words with pictures; Distinguish between reality and fantasy Spelling Sort words by their sound-spelling patterns for /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/ Listening and Speaking Listen for details in a CD story
Math We will work on fractions at the beginning of the week: Making halves and 4ths of rectangles and circles -Students identify halves and fourths of circles and rectangles. They learn that shapes can be divided into equal parts called halves and quarters or fourths. Problem Solving: draw a picture -Students draw pictures to solve problems related to parts of a whole. They learn how information in a problem can often be shown using a picture or diagram and used to understand and solve the problem. The later part of the week will bring a preview of second grade math as we work on the final topic: Moving up to Second Grade
Science The children will be exploring the properties of matter, while defining what matter is. We will begin with an informal discussion to determine the understandings the children already have and what they would like to learn about matter.
Social Studies We will continue our discussion on citizenship, combining the understandings of democracy with the history of how the United States came to be a democratic society.