Sunday, April 19, 2015



Dear Parents,
      I am delighted to share with you how hard the children worked on their lessons this past week.  They returned from spring break excited to be able to spend many exuberant moments outside, both in play and exploration.  The warmer weather and the sunshine have given all of us a boost which will aides us in moving forward.
      The third trimester interims will come home this week, marking the middle of our last trimester of work in first grade.  The children are doing well and starting to practice habits which will help them in second grade.  I encourage you to have your child practice their math facts on a daily basis, in order to provide a solid base of knowledge for their second grade math work. Your child will also benefit from doing more independent work at home, with your gentle oversight, as second grade is a much more independent based work environment.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, His love is everlasting. ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

Have a blessed week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion:  The children will be working on understanding that the Holy Spirit helps us follow Jesus.  They will discuss how to use the fruits of the Holy Spirit: to be loving, kind, gentle, peaceful, patient, and ask for self-control.

Language Arts: these are the Student Objectives

READING Phonemic Awareness  Identify /är/, /ôr/  Phonics Associate ar with /är/ and or with /ôr   Decode words with r-controlled vowels  [Associate er, ir, ur with /ėr/, ar with /är/, and or with /ôr/  Vocabulary Use context clues to complete sentences;  Identify and understand synonyms ; Recognize and understand Memory Words cold, know, does, laugh, both, again; Understand the meanings of Pattern Words; Understand the homophones know, no;  Recognize story words adventure, fire chief, firefighters, telephone; Discuss fires and the work firefighters do ; Understand the meanings of scattered, reporter, disaster, and the idiom “saved the day”;  Discuss community helpers; Discuss things to do on hot days; Understand the meanings of shimmer, simmer, pavement, and hums  Comprehension  Use pictures and prior knowledge; Complete sentences about a story; Draw conclusions; Associate words and sentences with pictures; Recall details; Identify main idea and supporting details;  Answer questions about a poem; Recognize text structure; Monitor comprehension and use a fix-up tip: Look at the pictures; Recognize patterns in a poem; Recognize rhyme and rhythm   Fluency  Read at an appropriate rate; read rhythmically 

SPELLING Spell Memory Words cold, know, does, laugh, both, again; Encode Pattern Words with r-controlled vowels 

WRITING Generate ideas before writing; Contribute ideas in group writing; Focus on a central idea; Write a poem that follows a pattern; Write a thank-you note 

RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS  Use graphic organizers

Math:  Objectives this week include: Students subtract a multiple of 10 from a two-digit number. They learn that when subtracting tens from a two-digit number, only the tens digit changes.  Students subtract multiples of 10 from two-digit numbers using mental math. They learn how subtracting tens is like subtracting ones.  Students draw a picture and write a number sentence to solve subtraction story problems. They learn how information in a problem can often be shown using a picture or diagram to understand and solve the problem.  They also learn that some problems can be solved by writing a number sentence.

Science:  We will focus on vocabulary, learning about runoff, after taking a good look at soil and describing its properties.
Social Studies:  The children will make connections with the history of Maryland,  They will focus on native americans who inhabited the Chesapeake region.



Sunday, April 12, 2015



Dear Parents and Students,

     Welcome back from your Easter break!  I trust you had an enjoyable week.  Now we begin the work of completing first grade lessons and preparing to be the best learners possible going into second grade.  The work is more independent in nature and the pace is much quicker; however the actual work is a combination of levels from introductory to mastery.  

     There are many exciting special activities and projects coming up, which I will share in a timely fashion.  The first activity is a buddy celebration on Friday, April 17th.  We will have a picnic lunch here on the school grounds.  Please send in a towel for your child to use as a “picnic blanket” on Friday.  We’ll have our picnic, rain or shine.
    
      I expect to send the information on our final field trip later this week.  We will be going to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center with our buddies on May 13th.  This is a fun trip and, I am happy to tell you, one that we can have as many chaperones as are able to join us :) 

May the joy of the risen Christ bring peace to your family this week!
Yours,
Mrs. Pam Claytor

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This Week in First Grade

Religion: The children will be learning that the Holy Spirit is our helper.  They will discuss choices they make and how to ask for help when confused.  They will be introduced to the fruits of the Holy Spirit. 

Language Arts: Student Objectives – READING:  Phonics Associate all with /ôl/ and aw with /ô/; Decode words with aw and all    Vocabulary Recognize and understand Memory Words and Pattern Words; Recognize and understand Memory Words come, coming, they, our, put; Discuss and categorize words related to playing basketball;   Discuss litter, contests, and the meaning of grand; Understand rebuses; Identify and understand antonyms    Comprehension  Use pictures and prior knowledge; Complete sentences about a story; Monitor comprehension and use fix-up tips; Recognize plot: Beginning, middle, end;  Recall story details; Sequence events; Draw conclusions; Summarize; Determine cause and effect  Fluency
Read with natural phrasing; Read with expression   WRITING   Revise and edit a personal narrative as part of the writing process; Publish a personal narrative as part of the writing process    SPELLING  Spell Unit 4 Memory Words come, coming, they, our, put ; Encode for details in a CD story; Discuss giving something new a try; Listen and respond to oral presentations   RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS  Use graphic organizers 

Math: The children will review topic 10 before taking an assessment.  Then, on to topic 11: Subtracting Groups of 10.  Students subtract 10 from multiples of 10 in the range 10 to 90. They learn how subtracting a group of 10 from groups of ten is similar to subtracting 1 from numbers less than 10.  Students use a hundred chart to subtract multiples of 10 from two-digit numbers. They learn that when subtracting tens from a two-digit number, only the tens digit changes.  Students subtract a multiple of 10 from a two-digit number. They learn that when subtracting tens from a two-digit number, only the tens digit changes.

Science:  We will be discussing the problems of erosion and run-off this week, after observing their effects through experimentation.  The children will connect their understandings to the issues plaguing the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Social Studies: We will begin a discussion of vocabulary words related to the past, present and future.  The children will be making a timeline of important events in their lives.




Sunday, March 29, 2015



Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the bright sunshine and signs of spring, as I am, while writing this note on a beautiful, if chilly Palm Sunday afternoon.  My yard is beckoning me to come and dig, but, alas, it is too early!

I have three special reminders this week:  Please take the time to complete the Race for Education forms that were sent home a week ago.  Sadly, we have received  just a bit more than half of 29 first grade forms.  This is a special fundraiser as well as a popular activity for the children.  Your support is invaluable!  The second request is for you to return the Family Life booklets that came home 2 weeks ago.  We have completed our work and I must collect the booklets as noted when they originally came home.  The final note for you is to remind you to send in a check for the amount your child has collected in his or her Rice Bowl for Catholic Relief Services by Thursday, this week.  Please do not send in the cash, as a check is preferred and requested by CRS.

We celebrate new life in the Catholic Church in just 7 days – the life in heaven we are promised through the passion and death of our Lord.  This is the main celebration of the Catholic Church calendar.  I do hope that you and your children will have the opportunity to attend at least one, if not all three, of the services of the Triduum.  They are truly powerful experiences.

I am hopeful that you will help your child keep up during next week’s Easter break through daily home activities: reading together and by self, adding and subtracting while helping out around the house and in the kitchen, writing in a daily journal, spelling in the car, mental math (have your child make you problems!), taking a nature walk.  There are endless ways to practice all that your child has learned in daily activities around the house and on vacation!

It is my prayer that your families will be blessed with the graces of extra time spent in prayer and the joy of the resurrection.  Happy Easter!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
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This Week in First Grade

Religion: We will focus on Holy Week in class this week

Language Arts:  Student Objectives –READING  Structural Analysis  Read contractions formed with is, am, are, will  Vocabulary  Identify synonyms; Understand multiple meanings of saw  Comprehension  Recall details ; Understand captions  Phonemic Awareness Identify /ô/, /ôl/ Phonics Associate aw with /ô/ and all with /ôl/;l Decode words with aw and all; Identify rhyming words  WRITING  Writing  Plan a personal narrative as part of the writing process; Draft a personal narrative as part of the writing process  SPELLING Spell contractions formed with is, am, are, will;   GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS  Understand adjectives; Recognize and use an apostrophe 

Note:  there is a spelling test scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Math:  10-04: Using Mental Math to Add Tens 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. topic 10-05: Adding to a Two-Digit Number Students add one-digit numbers to two-digit numbers with and without regrouping and record the sum in horizontal form. They learn that the traditional algorithm for adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number starts by adding ones. They learn that sometimes 10 ones need to be renamed as 1 ten, and then the tens are added. topic 10-06: Problem Solving: Draw a Picture and Write a Number Sentence Students add one-digit numbers to two-digit numbers with and without regrouping and record the sum in horizontal form. They learn that the traditional algorithm for adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number starts by adding ones. They learn that sometimes 10 ones need to be renamed as 1 ten, and then the tens are added.

 

Science: We will continue our exploration of the Chesapeake Bay, with special emphasis on ways we can keep the habitat safe for the animals who depend on it.