Monday, May 18, 2015

Dear Parents,
I am so very grateful for the gift of time that so many parents shared while chaperoning the children on our field trip to CBEC.  It was a wonderful experience, which I feel the children will long remember.  They wrote a “newspaper” to share with you on Friday.  I hope you got to read about and discuss the trip with your children!
The trip to CBEC was the culmination of our Science work for the year.  We will be focusing on preparations for our play “Mother Goose to the Rescue” during our scheduled science time for the rest of the year. 
We will continue to work very hard to complete the units that are still unfinished, however there is no longer “official” homework.  I will have your children note the date of spelling tests on their green communication sheet, with at least 1 day’s notice for you to help your child be prepared.
I am praying for God’s blessings for you this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." – Goethe

This Week in First Grade
Religion:  We will be working on understanding that, as Christians, we are asked to help others in need.
Language Arts: READING Phonics  Decode words with ow and ou  Associate ou with /ou/ and ow with /ou/, /ō/  Associate oo with /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/ 
Decode words with oo  Phonemic Awareness Identify /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/   Vocabulary  Discuss playing tag   Understand the idioms “that was yesterday” and “missed by a mile”    Categorize words that tell about happy and unhappy feelings or things   Understand the meanings of barefoot, crook, and pocketbook 
Comprehension  Use pictures and prior knowledge  Complete sentences about a story  Summarize  Understand characters  Determine cause and effect  Answer “what if” questions about a story  Make predictions Sequence events  Answer questions about a poster with advice   Associate words with pictures 
Distinguish between reality and fantasy  Fluency  Use proper volume  LISTENING AND SPEAKING  Discuss settling disagreements peacefully    SPELLING
Sort words by their sound-spelling patterns for /ou/ and /ō/   Spell Memory Words warm, walk, give, once, done  Encode Pattern Words with ou and ow  Sort words by their sound-spelling patterns for /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/  WRITING  Writing  Draft a story as part of the writing process 

Math:  We’re moving on to Fractions!

Making Equal Parts

Students determine whether a shape is divided into equal or unequal parts. They learn that a region can be divided into equal-sized parts in different ways. They also learn that equal-sized parts of a region have the same area but not necessarily the same shape.

Describing Equal Parts of Whole Objects

Students describe equal parts of a shape. They learn that a region can be divided into equal-sized parts in different ways. They also learn that equal-sized parts of a region have the same area but not necessarily the same shape.

Making Halves and Fourths 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.

Social Studies:  We will be discussing our responsibilities as citizens.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of “my” moms a belated Happy Mother’s Day.  May our dear Lord bless each of you with smiles, giggles, and joyful moments! 

The children are quite excited to participate in our field trip to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on Wednesday.  This has always been a popular field trip as the children share their understanding of the bay and its ecosystem with their buddies and chaperons. 

This is the last official week of homework for first grade.  I understand how challenging spring activities are on families.  As I noted, “official” homework is ending, however, the math papers will continue to come home as optional review, as well as spelling work. Spelling tests will continue to take place as well.   It is important that the children spend time each day reviewing and practicing skills to commit them to long-term memory.  Of course daily reading is also very important, as well as an enjoyable habit!

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds !

With prayers for all,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade

Religion: The children will realize that the church is a world community consisiting of all kinds of people.  The will learn that Pentecost is the birthday of the church.

Language Arts:  READING -  Phonemic Awareness - Identify /ou/  Phonics:  Associate ou and ow with /ou/  Decode words with ou, ow/ou/  Identify rhyming words  Vocabulary:  Recognize and understand Memory Words warm, walk, give, once, done;  Understand the meanings of Pattern Words; Understand homographs; Recognize story words house, Ms.; Recognize and understand synonyms;  Comprehension: Associate words and phrases with pictures ; Use pictures and prior knowledge; Complete sentences about a story; Identify lesson(s) that a story teaches; Categorize words; Recognize words walk, warm, give, once, done  SPELLING: Encode rhyming words with ou and ow; Spell Memory Words walk, warm, give, once, done  WRITING: Plan the setting for a story as part of the writing process; Discuss music lessons; Plan characters, a problem, and a solution for a story as part of the writing process    Fluency - Read with appropriate stress 

Math:  We continue to work on Geometry this week. Students count the number of flat surfaces and vertices on geometric solids. They learn that many solid figures are comprised of flat surfaces and vertices. They also learn that the flat surfaces on prisms are called faces.  Students identify geometric solids such as sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, and cube. They learn to sort solid figures by various attributes. They also learn that many sets of solid figures can be sorted in more than one way.  Students combine solid figures to make new solid figures. They learn how solid figures can be combined to make other solid figures. Students use clues to solve riddles about plane shapes and solid figures. They learn how some problems can be solved by reasoning about the conditions in the problem.

Science:  Students will demonstrate their understanding of the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay regions. They will participate in a field trip to CBEC.
Social Studies:  We begin a unit on citizenship with the introduction of vocabulary.  Students will demonstrate their prior knowledge of what being a good citizen lo

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dear Parents,

Thank you so very much for all of your support, given in so many different ways, for the Race for Education and Spring Fling.  The children had a marvelous time!

We are now looking forward to our field trip a little over a week away and the First and Second Grade’s Spring Play: Mother Goose to the Rescue.  Please save the date: Friday, June 5th, at 2:00, for our presentation of Mother Goose to the Rescue.  Ms. Mackay, Ms. Laus, and I expect to have the casting complete this coming week and will send home your child’s part for practice.  We expect to do the costuming and staging ourselves, with the children’s participation.

It is my expectation that the homework routine will continue for two more weeks before it becomes an optional activity.  I understand the demands of so many spring activities on families.  Please let me know any time there is a strong conflict for your family – the homework can be completed the next night if there is a timing conflict.

I praythat your families will be able to take full advantage of the beautiful week we have ahead!

Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade

Religion: The children will learn about life in the first Christian community, making connections as they realize how church members care for each other.

Language Arts: Phonics  Associate ar, or, ear with /ėr/, Decode trickers with ar, or, ear/ėr/ , Decode words in an article, Decode words with r-controlled vowels,  Associate ou and ow with /ou/, Decode words with ou, ow/ou/, Identify rhyming words 
Vocabulary - Use context clues to complete sentences, Understand the meanings of trickers with ar, or, ear/ėr/, Discuss slumber parties and the meanings of snuggled and creepy, Discuss making things, stars, and flashlights, Understand and use sequence words first, next, then, last ,  Recognize story words eyes, Mrs., pretty, Discuss things operated by remote control, Understand the meanings of runaway, horrible grin, thud, and the idioms “I must be seeing things” and “what on earth” , Recognize and understand synonyms,
Comprehension - Associate pictures with words and sentences , Use pictures and prior knowledge, Answer questions about a story, Generate questions to distinguish between reality and fantasy, Compare and contrast texts using a graphic organizer, Recognize text structure, Sequence steps, Complete sentences about a story, Understand characters, Understand descriptive language, visualize,
Draw conclusions,
SPELLING - Encode trickers with ar, or, ear/ėr/, Sort words by their spelling patterns for /ėr/, Encode rhyming words with ou and ow
Fluency - Use proper pitch and volume, Read at an appropriate rate , Read with expression 
LISTENING AND SPEAKING - Discuss fears and helping others feel less afraid , Listen and respond to oral presentations
WRITING – Writing: Write directions with sequence words, Use organizational structure, Write a story for pictures in a sequence, Use organizational structure
 GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS - Understand adverbs with the suffix –ly, Understand the use of commas in a list
RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS - Follow written directions  

Math:  We will be exploring geometry and shapes: Students make organized lists to solve problems. They learn how some problems can be solved by generating a list of outcomes and organizing that list in a systematic way so all outcomes are accounted for.  Students sort plane shapes and identify their properties. They learn that plane shapes have many properties that make them different from one another.  Students combine plane shapes to make different pictures. They learn how plane shapes can be combined to make new plane shapes.  Combine two-dimensional geometric shapes to make new two-dimensional geometric shapes. Plane shapes can be combined to make new plane shapes.  Students identify and name standard geometric solids and recognize them in the environment. They learn that many everyday objects closely approximate standard geometric solids.

Science:  The students will compare animals that live in the Chesapeake bay eco system, then review the work covered in learning about the Chesapeake Bay before completing a performance assessment.

Social Studies:  We will continue to discuss family life past and present, as we
compare how school was long ago and is today.