Sunday, January 13, 2019

First Grade Families,

We had a great week back together! We want to thank you all for taking the time to come in and meet with us for Winter Conferences. Please note that we will be observing Civil Rights Day on Monday January 21st and there will be no school. We are looking forward to a  busy week ahead:

Spalding:
rain, keep, start, mail, male, female, eye, I, glass, party
upon, two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between, they, would, could, should
any, many, city, only, where, week, weak, first

Literature:
This week will begin the final book in our Frog and Toad series, Frog and Toad All Year. We will continue to analyze story elements and will summarize each chapter.

Grammar:
We have been working hard all year to construct complete sentences across our curriculum. This week will use this knowledge to learn what makes a good topic sentence and will practice writing it as a class. We will review nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Math:
We will compare numbers as we continue to explore place value. We will add and subtract ones and tens without regrouping/renaming (what you might know as carry a 1).

Science:
We really enjoyed learning about the animals studied during project week. We had a walk through with our first graders and were able to admire the posters in each classroom. This week we will begin learning about the human body. We will learn that our biggest organ is our skin and we will explore the different organs in the body.

History:
Last week we learned about the lost colony of Roanoke Island and that this attempt by England to settle in the Americas was unsuccessful. This week we will learn about Jamestown and how Pocahontas helped the settlers. As we explore her story we will differentiate between the parts that happened and others that had been made up.

We are wishing you all a healthy and happy week ahead.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Welcome back first grade families! We hope you all enjoyed your time off with your little ones. It is so hard to believe that we are already half way through first grade and a week into 2019! I am looking forward to all that lies ahead, and this week am feeling grateful to welcome routine back into my life. 

Mark your Calendars:
Conferences Monday-Wednesday after school

Club Registration January 7-11

No School January 21st

This semester we will introduce agendas in the first grade. Your child will still receive the cover sheet listing homework, in addition they will copy it into their agendas and this will need to be signed nightly. Next year your child will rely solely on the agenda for homework. Please reach out via email if you have further questions.

Spalding:
Monthly word test no homework Monday

Words:
name, room, hope, same, glad, with, mine, chair, forgot, guess
hang, meat, house, phone, store, supper, through, toe, became, brother

Literature:
We will be finishing Frog and Toad, with a focus on summarizing and story elements.

Math:
We will take a look at numbers to 40, counting and writing number words.

Science:
We will be presenting our animal reports Jan 7-11th. These are due Monday Jan 7th. Please make sure all reports and poster boards are brought in tomorrow. We will also learn about pollution and the food cycle.

History:
We will begin our unit on Early Settlers and Explorers. We will learn about Sir Walter Raleigh, the lost colony of Roanoke and Jamestown.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, December 16, 2018

First Grade Families:

We are looking forward to finishing the quarter strong this week.

Mark your calendars:

  • 17th-19th: Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break: December 20th-January 4th
  • Conferences: January 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th
  • Animal Reports: due January 7th, please refer to the packet sent home for guidelines. Reach out to me if you have further questions.
Classroom celebrations will take place this Wednesday, thank you in advance for donating time and supplies to our Hansel and Gretel project.

We will be wrapping up all of our current units this week, and look forward to discussing your child's progress during conferences when we return. Please note that we only have 1 full day for conferences and so spots on other days will be limited. 


Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, December 9, 2018

First Grade Families,

We are looking forward to another great full week together!
Please look around the blog as I have added a math tab with information for ways to help your scholars practice. 

Important dates and information:

  • 17th-19th: Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break: December 20th-January 4th
  • Conferences: January 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th
  • Animal Reports: due January 7th, please refer to the packet sent home for guidelines. Reach out to me if you have further questions.
Spalding
Phonograms 1-70
Words:
place,  report,  never,  found,  side,  kind,  life,  here,  car,  word
every,  under,  most,  made,  said,  says,  say,  work,  our,  more
when,  from,  form,  wind,  wind,  print,  air,  fill,  along,  lost

Literature
We will continue to read through Frog and Toad Together. Scholars will be working on sequencing events, summarizing and transition words. 

Our new poem went home and is I Know all the Sounds the Animals Make. We will recite this poem the final week before break.

Math
This week we wrap up comparing numbers, our test will be Tuesday. Our next unit will be on graphing. We will discuss how to create a graph, collect data, and interpret the data.

Science
We will continue exploring electricity. Scholars will explore static and current electricity, and who Thomas Edison was and how he is related to electricity.

History
We will continue to look at the three world religions. We will understand how and when these religions emerged and the role that they play in our history. We will use this knowledge as a framework for understanding many important historical events. We will learn the symbols for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Scholars will compare and contrast these three religions.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, December 2, 2018

First Grade Families,
We are looking forward to another great full week together!

Mark your calendars:
  • 17th-19th: Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break: December 20th-January 4th
  • Conferences: January 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th
  • Animal Reports: due January 7th, please refer to the packet sent home for guidelines. Reach out to me if you have further questions.
Spalding
Phonograms 1-70
McCall monthly test Monday (no homework)
Words:
fine, cannot, May, may, line, left, ship, train, saw, pay
large, near, hear, down, why, bill, want, girls, girl, part, still

Literature
We will continue to read through Frog and Toad are Friends. Scholars will be working on sequencing events, summarizing and transition words. Our new poem went home Friday and is I Know all the Sounds the Animals Make. We will recite this poem the final week before break.

Math
This week we wrap up measurement, our test will be Tuesday. Our next unit will be on comparing numbers. We will discuss "one more" and "one less" and use subtraction to compare numbers.

Science
We will finish our unit on Habitats. We will complete our oceans foldable and introduce electricity. We will begin to explore open and closed circuits.

History
We will continue to look at the three world religions. We will understand how and when these religions emerged and the role that they play in our history. We will use this knowledge as a framework for understanding many important historical events. We will learn the symbols for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Scholar will compare and contrast these three religions.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, November 25, 2018


Welcome back first grade families!

This quarter is absolutely flying by and we are heading into the home stretch. Take a look at what we will be doing this week:



Spalding

Phonograms 1-70

Words

card, south, deep, inside, blue, post, town, stay, grand, outside

dark, band, game, boat, rest, east, son, sun, help, hard

race, cover, fire, wire, tire, age, gold, read, read, red



Literature

This week we will begin reading Frog and Toad are Friends. Scholars will compare frogs and toads. We will continue to study story elements including characters, setting and plot. We will sequence the major events in the story using transition words. If your child does not have a copy of this book at school please send it in Monday. 



Math

We will review and test on shapes. Our next unit is on measurement. This week we will focus on length and measuring in non-standard units.



Science

We continue our unit on oceans. This week we will take a closer look at coral reefs, waves, tides and currents.



History

We will start our unit on the history of the Three World Religions. We will cover Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We will answer the question "What is religion?" and compare and contrast the three religions that shaped our history. 



In partnership,

The First Grade Team

Sunday, November 18, 2018

First Grade Families,

Thank you for your dedication to your children and our community. I know you all put in time and effort to make our fall concert a success, and we could not have done it without you. From rushed dinners, to parking and late bedtimes thank you. It is always such a joy for me to see your children in this light.

I say it every week, but this week I mean it! How is it already Thanksgiving?! This week is short. Please remember we are off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Whether you will be cooking, traveling or catching up on rest I hope you enjoy your break.

Due to the short week we will deviate from our schedule slightly and there will be no homework.

We will hone our reading and writing skills by reading and responding to Thanksgiving stories. We will review concepts learned in math and wrap up our Early Civilizations unit, our goal is to test on Tuesday. 

In science we will finish our foldable book on the layers of the ocean. Your scholar will learn to differentiate between the different layers and describe each the plants, animals and characteristics of each one. In math we will compare shapes and complete patterns.

In Gratitude,

The First Grade Team