This week marks the end of the first trimester in first grade. If you are surprised at the speed that our time flies, you are not alone! The children are all amazing in the way they use their skills to build new connections. We, as their teachers, are very proud of how hard they work and the dedicated joy with which they approach learning.
I would like to thank you for your generous response to both the primary team collection of peanut butter and jelly and the student council canned food drive. The food pantry will be receiving over 3,500 items collected from the entire student body.
Another important thank you for the initial response to the Annual Fund Drive. We, as a school community, strive for 100% participation in this drive. As you are aware, the various groups to which we apply for grants take a hard look at these participation numbers when making their decisions as to our worthiness to receive their funds. Let’s make first grade class the first one with 100% participation!
It is truly hard to believe that Thanksgiving and the season of Advent are so near. The children will be participating in many seasonal activities in the weeks to come. Please help your child to learn the lyrics to the C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. song that came home last week. The Christmas program is scheduled for Monday, December 1st, 3 short weeks away. They sing the song in the classroom daily and have the first verse and the refrain down, but need a bit of help with the rest of the song.
My next blog update will be on Monday, December 1st. The week of the 24th, which is comprised of 2 half-days, will be a review week. There will be a spelling test on Monday, (the 24th) as well as a unit assessment in language arts. We will participate in the Turkey Trot and annual Thanksgiving meal sponsored by the student council on Tuesday.
It is my prayer that your family will truly find the goodness of our loving God in your Thanksgiving celebration. Happy Thanksgiving!
A Christian brings peace to others. Not only peace, but also love, kindness, faithfulness and joy.” Pope Francis
May you find many peace-filled opportunities this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We will discuss why it is important to say Thank You, as we name the special gifts we want to thank God for.
Language Arts - The children will be working on the following skills this week: Phonics -Decode words with er/ėr/ and ed/ed/, /d/, /t/ Vocabulary - Generate ideas before writing; Write a poem with a pattern ; Recognize and understand Memory Words look, your, the, was, are, for; Discuss idioms “in a pickle” and “Willikers!” ; Discuss the meanings of puzzled, clenched, and unclenched ; Recognize sniffed and smelled as synonyms Understand sensory words Comprehension - Use pictures and prior knowledge; Understand text features; Complete sentences about a story; Summarize; Compare and contrast texts; Recall story details ; Use pictures and prior knowledge; Answer questions about a poem; Recognize rhyme and rhythm; Recognize patterns in text; Associate rebus pictures with words; Use pictures Writing Associate sentences with pictures; Generate ideas before writing; Write sentences about a problem and solution; Write a poem with a pattern Grammar usage and mechanics - Understand and form words with prefix un- Listening and Speaking - Listen and respond to oral presentations ; Discuss helping others Fluency - Read at an appropriate rate; Read rhythmically
Math - We will work on thinking addition to 8 in order to subtract on Monday, then continue with thinking addition to subtract up to 12 on Tuesday. The children are making connections between the math facts involved in addition and those in subtraction when they are “thinking” addition. They will practice drawing a picture to solve a problem and then write a number sentence to explain their work. After reviewing the addition and subtraction facts to 12, the children will demonstrate their understanding through a unit assessment on Friday.
Science – The children will use their background knowledge to make connections in explaining how animals take care of their needs. The food chain, camouflage, and habitat of various animal groups will be discussed.
Social Studies – The first Americans and settlers and their lifestyles will be discussed. The children will compare and contrast the needs of these two groups.