December 15, 2014
Is there anyone out there who is not enjoying the joy of the season through their children’s eyes? I feel blessed times 28, to share this joy with my first graders! I would like to give you and your children a small gift: there will be no more official homework from me until we return from the Christmas break. I know how truly busy you are and the many family traditions that are taking place. I will be sending the math papers home, with which you may have your child “teach” you how to do the work. As for language arts, I do hope that you will continue to read with your child daily, perhaps having him or her try reading some favorite holiday tales.
May our newborn savior bless you and your families abundantly during this wonderful season!
I look forward to celebrating a new year with you when we return!
Mrs. Pam Claytor
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
This Week in First Grade
Religion The children will share their understanding of the birth of our Lord in different forms: through art, song, acting, and prayer.
Language Arts reading: Phonics
Decode words with short-vowel patterns ; Decode words with long-vowel patterns; Decode words with short- and long-vowel patterns
Recognize and understand Memory Words said, only, you, out, of, here identify rebuses for giant, princess, knight, and castle
Understand antonyms foolish and clever Recognize and understand Memory Words said, only, you, out, of, here ; Identify rebuses for giant, princess, knight, and castle Understand antonyms foolish and clever; Recognize and understand Memory Words said, only, you, out, of, here
Identify rebuses for giant, princess, knight, and castle; Understand antonyms foolish and clever
Use pictures and prior knowledge;Complete sentences about a story; Visualize; Draw conclusions; Use pictures and prior knowledge;
Complete sentences about a story; Draw conclusions; Use pictures and prior knowledge ; Answer questions about a poem ; Recognize text structure ;
Recognize patterns in text Fluency Read with expression; Read rhythmically LISTENING AND SPEAKING Discuss good practices for playing together with friends; Discuss good practices for playing together with friends; Listen and respond to oral presentations ; WRITING Generate ideas before writing; Write sentences about a character SPELLING Spell Memory Words said, only, you, out, of, here; Encode words with long vowels GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS Understand and form plurals with -s and -es
Math The children will complete topic 5 this week as they work on word problems with 3 addends, review addition facts to 20, and take a test to determine their understanding. We will also begin a conversation on subtraction facts to 20, topic 6 in our series.
Science We will begin a unit on the sun, moon, and planets. The children have shared their current understanding of vocabulary inherent in this unit and we will now begin to build new knowledge. We will begin with understanding the process and interactions of earth’s systems and the dynamics of earth and other objects in space.
Social Studies The children will connect their science and religion lessons with social studies as they write and read a chart for information on weather and how it affects children from around the world. They will also discuss family Christmas traditions, making connections between their traditions and those of children from other countries.