Thank you so much for your help with the snow day work. The children’s season poems are delightful! Look for them to be hung in the hallway outside of the classroom.
Our first Stations of the Cross prayer service was an emotional experience for the teachers. We had preK 4, kindergarten, first, second, and third graders in one classroom space to join together in praying the stations. Using a slide presentation from Loyola press, http://www.loyolapress.com/assets/lp/stations-of-the-cross-powerpoint.swf, and second grade prayer leaders, the children participated through echo prayer. The entire group of children were the quietest they could possibly be, fully attentive and involved. As I said above, it was a truly beautiful, emotional experience for all. I encourage you to use the link above to pray the stations at home as well.
This will be an unusual week. There is an Archdiocesan required professional day on Tuesday for the teachers to be introduced to the updated language arts curriculum requirements and the process of curriculum mapping with this update. We have our field trip scheduled for Wednesday morning and we have a half day scheduled for Friday.
There is also a revision of my plans, due to the delayed start and snow day last week, along with the challenge of “making tens” the children experienced in their math lessons. This means that the math assessments for both the topic and a cumulative assessment for topics 5-8 will take place on Monday and Thursday.
I pray that your Lenten practices are bringing you and your family closer in your relationship with our loving God.
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion: We will continue with our Love and Mercy in Lenten practice, as we learn more about CRS Rice Bowl stories. The children will also understand the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives, a continuation of last week’s work. There is a school liturgy this Friday.
Language Arts: the following student objectives will be covered: READING Phonemic Awareness: Identify final /ī/ , /ē/, /ā/ ; Phonics: Recognize when y is a vowel, Associate ay with /ā/, Decode words with ay, Decode words with y/ī/, y/ē/, and ay/ā/ Vocabulary: Recognize and understand Memory Words down, too, work, many, first; Understand the meanings of Pattern Words with y and ay; Recognize story words boots, paper, scissors; Discuss the meaning of “in case of rain” SPELLING: Spell Memory Words down, too, work, many, first; Encode Pattern Words with y and ay; LISTENING AND SPEAKING: Follow oral directions; Listen for details in a song; Discuss making good use of time Comprehension: Associate words with pictures; Complete sentences about a story; Recognize text structure Sequence steps; Fluency: Read at an appropriate rate RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS Identify steps in directions
Math: The children will have a topic and end of unit assessment. We will then begin work on topic 9: Comparing Numbers to 100. Please watch for the parent note to come home Thursday or Friday for information on this topic and the work the children will be completing.
Science and Social Studies: I will be working on last week’s plans which include assessing the children’s understanding of weather and the instruments used to measure weather in science and comparing and contrasting the differences between life in a city, suburb and rural area in social studies.