The children are deservedly proud of finishing their testing booklet. There were many times that the material was challenging and they persevered, doing their very best with the information they had. We have one part of the testing, the OLSAT (a test of skill level) left to complete next week. It is likely we will work on this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, first thing. I appreciate the support you gave your children this past week, with good nutrition, exercise and proper rest. This will also help this coming week. The testing we have left is made up of brain puzzles; are mostly fun for the children and will not stop our forward progress in academic areas. This means that homework resumes this week.
I am hopeful that first grade will win the ice cream party that comes with 100% of the class returning at least 5 labels for the Race for Education on Monday, the 23rd. Your child will be copying the names that you have written down onto letters (for example you will have given the label Mr. and Mrs. Smith and have written on a separate sheet Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop. It is very helpful when your child can read the writing – please print the letters carefully. As you can probably imagine, having 29 children write letters to 5 or more people is a daunting task, but certainly manageable with your help! Thank you for your help with this.
This is the 5th week of Lent. Our focus this week is on family customs and traditions, particularly those celebrated with the sacraments. A wonderful family tradition is family prayer. You might start with adding a morning prayer to your day.
May God bless all of you this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We will complete the lessons we began this past week in the Growing in Love series. We will also focus on the messages of the 5th week of Lent. There is a primary level Stations of the Cross service at 1:15 in the first grade room on Friday.
Language Arts: Student Objectives – READING Phonics and Structural Analysis- Decode words ending in ier, iest; Identify base words in words with endings; Read contractions formed with is, am, are, will; Associate a with /ā/, e with /ē/, i with /ī/, o with /ō/, u with /ū/; Decode long-vowel trickers; Read contractions formed with is, am, are, will SPELLING - Spell Memory Words their, now, always, because, been; Spell contractions formed with is, am, are, will; Encode long-vowel trickers; Encode Pattern Words ending in ier, iest; Apply spelling rule for adding endings to words with final y; Encode base words Vocabulary- Understand homophones you're, your; Understand story words and idioms; Discuss amusement parks and photo albums GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS - Recognize and use an apostrophe; Comprehension - Make predictions; Understand captions; Monitor comprehension and use fix-up tips;
Identify main idea and supporting details using a graphic organizer Writing Plan a personal narrative as part of the writing process GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS Understand adjectives; Recognize and use an apostrophe
Math: We begin a new topic on Monday with the topic opener story. The children will then begin their work on adding groups of 10: Students add two multiples of 10 for sums to 100. They learn how adding groups of 10 is similar to adding numbers less than 10. Students use a hundred chart to add multiples of 10 to two-digit numbers. They learn that when adding tens to a two-digit number, only the tens digit changes. Students add a multiple of 10 to a two-digit number. They learn that when adding tens to a two-digit number, only the tens digit changes. Students add numbers mentally. They learn that techniques for doing addition calculations mentally involve changing the numbers or the expression so the calculation is easy to do mentally.
Science: We will begin work on learning about the Chesapeake Bay this week. This is the beginning of a unit about the science of life in the state of Maryland, which will culminate in a field trip with our 7th grade buddies to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on May 13th - all chaperones are welcome :).
Social Studies: We will continue our comparison of life in city, suburb and rural areas, with Maryland areas as a focus.