Monday, October 24, 2016

Dear Parents,
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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dear Parents,
It was very nice to meet with you this past week for our fall conferences!  I enjoyed hearing the stories you have about your first graders’ experiences and sharing their joys and challenges with you. As you probably realize, there is never a dull moment around here!

The children are enjoying the opportunity to share their definition of what it means to be trustworthy, which is the Character Counts!/PBIS pillar for the month of October.  They have interesting ways to express their feelings about being honest and a person that others can count on.  I do hope that your child has had the chance to discuss this at home, as well.

Something to reflect on this week:
"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek Your presence.
I long for your healing power.

May you find peace in God’s healing power this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion:  The children will continue to build their understanding of their role in serving God.  They will understand that Jesus loves us and wants us to love and serve others as he would.  What Would Jesus Do?

Language Arts:  Please note:  The spelling test will be on Wednesday
Phonics: Decode words with th and ch  Associate ng with /ng/ and le with /əl/  Decode words with final ng and final le  Identify rhyming words  Phonemic Awareness  Identify final /ng/, /əl/  Associate picture names with /ng/, /əl/   Vocabulary:  Understand the expressions “Thanks!” and “No thanks!” Understand question words;  Recognize noun categories of people, things, places   Discuss words that imitate musical sounds (onomatopoeia)   Discuss the expressions “What a pet!” and “You gumdrop!”  Comprehension Complete sentences about a story;  Use pictures and prior knowledge;  Understand text features (speech balloons);  Complete sentences about a story;  Determine important ideas;  Draw conclusions to answer riddles and complete a puzzle   WRITING  Generate ideas before writing;  Write a question ; Use a model for writing ; Write a riddle;   SPELLING  Spell Memory Words where, what, why, when, which, who  Encode words with sh, ch, tch, th, wh   Spell Memory Words (Thursday and Friday) do, have, show, how, me, a  Encode Pattern Words with -ing, -ong, and le  LISTENING AND SPEAKING  Listen and respond to oral presentations  Follow oral directions   Listen halphabetical order 

Math: We will begin the week with problem solving using the ten frame as a visual.  There is a review and assessment on Tuesday of Topic 3; we begin to explore Topic 4 on Wednesday, Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12.  The children will use patterns they discover to assist them in learning the facts.  They start with adding with 0, 1 and 2: Students count on to add, starting with the greater number. They learn how the number relationships of 0 more, 1 more, and 2 more are the basis for addition facts involving a 0, 1, or 2. Doubles are then introduced: Students recognize doubles as a strategy for remembering sums. They learn how doubles facts can be associated with memorable real-world situations.

Science:  The children will complete their observation recordings from last week to review the concepts of light, its source and how it reaches us.  We will move on, with an introduction (and hopefully connections made by the children) of sound.

Social Studies:  We will be focusing on the definition of goods and services: students will give examples of goods and services.  They will identify services and goods they receive at school and in the community.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

I am looking forward to meeting with you on Wednesday!  I have a few notes to share with you about your child’s progress thus far in first grade. The children are all very eager learners, with so many special strengths!  Our conferences are scheduled 15 minutes apart; please know that if we need more time for any reason, I am happy to schedule a follow-up. Thanks for bringing any questions you have with you, to facilitate an efficient use of our time.

The first field trip of the year will take place on November 11th, when we will go to the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  I’ll be sending home more information late this week; however, the focus of this field trip is the world of work: the types of jobs that are service versus goods producing, the education needed to do a job, what it means to make money, as well as the decisions as to how the money is spent (and what needs vs. wants are) – an overview of the world of work and responsibility!  I hope that you will find many opportunities for conversation as your child shares their understanding of what it means to work.

The primary team is in the process of determining the ways we can serve others in the community through coordinated projects this year.  We welcome any suggestions you may have.  Our goal is to help the children to develop an understanding of Christian service.  Joe Paprocki, a nationally known Catholic catechetical leader, explains Christian service as: “Followers of Jesus serve others to make the Kingdom of God visible…..We do service to bring hope to others. We do service to bring glory to God.  We do service to encounter Jesus.”

May you be blessed to serve others in a Christian way this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade
Religion:  With an emphasis on how God cares for us and loves us, we will discuss the need for service to each other, as well as those in need.  We will also continue our focus on the Character Counts!/ PBIS pillar of Trustworthiness.

Language Arts: The overall focus of new unit is  helping someone with an illness, making gifts, and odd pets. 
Phonics work -  identify initial and final th and initial wh; associate picture names with th; decode words with th   Vocabulary  recognize and understand question words (memory words); discuss playing baseball;  understand words that name sounds onomatopoeia  Recognize and understand question words: Memory Words where, what, why, when, which, who)    Spelling -spell Memory Words where, what, why, when, which, who Encode Pattern Words with th Comprehension skills – use pictures and prior knowledge; answer questions about a story; monitor comprehension and use fix-up tip (think about what makes sense);  understand characters   Monitor comprehension and use a fix-up tip: Think about what makes sense Writing skills -  ask, write, and answering questions   Contribute ideas in group writing    Write for different purposes (to ask questions)   Grammar – recognize questions and question marks,  Fluency – observe punctuation; read   LISTENING AND SPEAKING - Follow oral directions, Listen for details in a song, Discuss giving gifts 

Math: We will begin work on a new topic: understanding 10.  This is a short set of 5 lessons that utilize a ten frame as a visual tool, while learning the fact families that make up the number 10.  The children will be representing numbers on a 10 frame: Students use counters and a ten-frame to model numbers up to 10. They learn how numbers to 10 can be represented on a ten-frame using 5 and 10 as benchmarks.  They will also be recognizing numbers on a ten frame: Students learn to recognize numbers on a ten-frame, noting the relationship of those numbers to 5 and 10. They learn how numbers to 10 can be represented on a ten-frame using 5 and 10 as benchmarks.  They will identify parts of ten: Students show 10 as two parts. They learn how the number 10 can be broken into parts in different ways.  Finally, they will be finding missing parts of 10: Students use counters and a part-part-whole mat to find missing parts of 10. They learn how a missing part of a whole can be found when the whole and the remaining part are known.

Science:  We will be making observations to document some of the characteristics of light: reflection, refraction and movement of shadows.  The children will observe and record what they understand as they move through experience centers.

Social Studies:  The children will make concept connections to the world of work as they work on a vocabulary preview: goods, services, save, factory.