I want to take a moment to thank you for your support during our Catholic Schools Week celebrations. I truly appreciated the opportunity to have you observe your children “in action”. Please know that you are welcome to visit at any time – just check in ahead of time to make sure we are not testing.
The season of Lent begins this week. We will participate in the Ash Wednesday liturgy, receiving ashes during the mass. The children will be learning about Lent and working on the traditions of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that we are challenged to participate in during the 40 days’ focus on improving our spiritual life.
I found inspiration for working with the children at Lent Ideas for Children .
In observing the season of Lent, it’s best to inspire, not require. Some children may find the practice of giving up a favorite food or TV show meaningful; others may prefer to add something, such as collecting money for the poor or being kind to others. Share with them how you observe Lent and what practices you find meaningful and invitethem to decide what they would like to do.
May your Lent be filled with the many graces God grants us in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade . . . . . . .
Religion: The children will continue to learn about the Eucharist, making connections between the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with the disciples and the Liturgy they attend. We will also focus on the practices of the Lenten season as we enter into Lent on Ash Wednesday. The primary grades will pray the Stations of the Cross together on select Fridays during Lent.
Language Arts: The Catholic Schools Week special activities required adjustment of our schedule last week. We will begin a new unit on Monday, with the new spelling words introduced on Monday as well. We’ll be working on contractions! My plans indicate the next spelling test to be the Wednesday of the following week, February 17th (weather permitting!). Now for the objectives for this week: READING - Structural Analysis Read contractions with n't Structural Analysis and Vocabulary Read and understand compound words based on their parts Read and understand contractions with n't Vocabulary Discuss talent shows, Discuss talent shows , Recognize story words pigeon and book, Discuss pigeons and the meaning of attic, Discuss names for baby animals Comprehension Use pictures and prior knowledge, Complete sentences about a story, Recognize text structure, Summarize, Recognize plot: Beginning, middle, and end, Recall story details, Generate questions to determine important ideas, Draw conclusions Fluency Read with expression, Read with natural phrasing LISTENING AND SPEAKING Discuss forgiving others Fluency Read with expression Listen and respond to oral presentations WRITING Revise and edit a draft as part of the writing process, Publish a story as part of the writing process SPELLING Encode words with endings -ing and –ed, Apply spelling rules for adding endings Phonics and Structural Analysis Decode words with the noun suffix -er GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS Understand and form words with the noun suffix -er
Math: We will continue to explore reading and recognizing tens and ones together as the numbers between 11 and 99 in the following ways: Expanded Form Students model a two-digit number and write its expanded form. They learn how a number greater than 10 can be represented as the sum of the tens and the ones. Ways to Make Numbers Students break apart a ten to make 10 ones and write new representations in expanded form. They learn that numbers greater than 10 can be named in more than one way and have the same value. Problem Solving: Make an Organized List Students use groups of tens and ones to show and write a given two-digit number. They learn how some problems can be solved by generalizing a list of outcomes and organizing that list in a systematic way so all outcomes are accounted for.
There will be a topic test on Thursday; I’ll introduce Topic 9, Comparing Numbers to 100 on Friday.
Science: The children will explore the properties of matter.
Social Studies: We will discuss the purpose of President’s Day, honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.