Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dear Parents,

     Happy Memorial Day.  The children were introduced to the concept of service to our country and honoring all those who give freely to keep us safe in this world.  They made connections with the Christians of the early church who worked so hard to help others.  Let’s all take time to thank someone for their sacrifice!
     We are in the process of completing the work of first grade.  It is a joy to see the great progress the children have made in their learning this year.  They not only work very hard, but they also think ahead, making so many connections between their studies and their world. I know you must be as proud of your children as I am!
     We are all the teachers of these beautiful children.  Let us thank the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for teaching us and to grant that our teaching may reflect their presence in our lives.

May God Bless You,
Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade
Religion:  The children are focusing on the needs of others and how they can meet those needs.  They will understand that the Holy Spirit guides us in our service to others.

Language Arts: READING Phonics: Decode words with oo, Associate c with /s/ and g with /j/ , Decode words with soft c and g, Decode trickers with tag-along e   Vocabulary:  Recognize and understand Memory Words live (/liv/), eight, old, hold, write, Recognize story words mystery, library, Mr., Discuss mysteries and libraries, Discuss the idiom “let a joke go too far” , Understand Pattern Words with soft c and g and trickers with tag-along e m   Comprehension: Complete sentences about a story, Generate questions, Recognize plot: Problem and solution, Use pictures, Categorize books by their topics, Associate words and sentences with pictures   Fluency: Read with natural phrasing    LISTENING AND SPEAKING   Discuss how to be a good library patron,   Listen and respond to oral presentation     WRITING   Writing: Publish a story as part of the writing process     SPELLING   Spell Memory Words live (/liv/), eight, old, hold, write, Encode Pattern Words with oo , Encode Pattern Words with soft c and g and trickers with tag-along e    RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS  Follow written directions 

Math:  The focus this week is on time: Understanding the Hour and Minute Hands
Students identify the hour and minute hands on a clock and tell time to the hour. They learn that the hour hand tells the hour, and the minute hand tells the number of minutes after the hour. Telling and Writing Time to the Hour
Students tell and write time to the hour using digital and analog clocks. They learn how time to the hour can be shown on an analog clock or on a digital clock and can be written in two ways: __ o'clock or __:00.

Telling and Writing Time to the Half Hour

Students show and tell time to the half hour. They learn that time can be given to the half hour.

Problem Solving: Use Data from a Table

Students read and use a schedule. They learn how, in order to solve some problems, data needs to be selected from a source outside the statement of the problem, like a table.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dear Parents,
I am so very grateful for the gift of time that so many parents shared while chaperoning the children on our field trip to CBEC.  It was a wonderful experience, which I feel the children will long remember.  They wrote a “newspaper” to share with you on Friday.  I hope you got to read about and discuss the trip with your children!
The trip to CBEC was the culmination of our Science work for the year.  We will be focusing on preparations for our play “Mother Goose to the Rescue” during our scheduled science time for the rest of the year. 
We will continue to work very hard to complete the units that are still unfinished, however there is no longer “official” homework.  I will have your children note the date of spelling tests on their green communication sheet, with at least 1 day’s notice for you to help your child be prepared.
I am praying for God’s blessings for you this week,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." – Goethe

This Week in First Grade
Religion:  We will be working on understanding that, as Christians, we are asked to help others in need.
Language Arts: READING Phonics  Decode words with ow and ou  Associate ou with /ou/ and ow with /ou/, /ō/  Associate oo with /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/ 
Decode words with oo  Phonemic Awareness Identify /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/   Vocabulary  Discuss playing tag   Understand the idioms “that was yesterday” and “missed by a mile”    Categorize words that tell about happy and unhappy feelings or things   Understand the meanings of barefoot, crook, and pocketbook 
Comprehension  Use pictures and prior knowledge  Complete sentences about a story  Summarize  Understand characters  Determine cause and effect  Answer “what if” questions about a story  Make predictions Sequence events  Answer questions about a poster with advice   Associate words with pictures 
Distinguish between reality and fantasy  Fluency  Use proper volume  LISTENING AND SPEAKING  Discuss settling disagreements peacefully    SPELLING
Sort words by their sound-spelling patterns for /ou/ and /ō/   Spell Memory Words warm, walk, give, once, done  Encode Pattern Words with ou and ow  Sort words by their sound-spelling patterns for /ōō/ and /ŏŏ/  WRITING  Writing  Draft a story as part of the writing process 

Math:  We’re moving on to Fractions!

Making Equal Parts

Students determine whether a shape is divided into equal or unequal parts. They learn that a region can be divided into equal-sized parts in different ways. They also learn that equal-sized parts of a region have the same area but not necessarily the same shape.

Describing Equal Parts of Whole Objects

Students describe equal parts of a shape. They learn that a region can be divided into equal-sized parts in different ways. They also learn that equal-sized parts of a region have the same area but not necessarily the same shape.

Making Halves and Fourths of Rectangles and Circles

Students identify halves and fourths of circles and rectangles. They learn that shapes can be divided into equal parts called halves and quarters or fourths

Problem Solving: Draw a Picture

Students draw pictures to solve problems related to parts of a whole. They learn how information in a problem can often be shown using a picture or diagram and used to understand and solve the problem.

Social Studies:  We will be discussing our responsibilities as citizens.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of “my” moms a belated Happy Mother’s Day.  May our dear Lord bless each of you with smiles, giggles, and joyful moments! 

The children are quite excited to participate in our field trip to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on Wednesday.  This has always been a popular field trip as the children share their understanding of the bay and its ecosystem with their buddies and chaperons. 

This is the last official week of homework for first grade.  I understand how challenging spring activities are on families.  As I noted, “official” homework is ending, however, the math papers will continue to come home as optional review, as well as spelling work. Spelling tests will continue to take place as well.   It is important that the children spend time each day reviewing and practicing skills to commit them to long-term memory.  Of course daily reading is also very important, as well as an enjoyable habit!

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds !

With prayers for all,
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade

Religion: The children will realize that the church is a world community consisiting of all kinds of people.  The will learn that Pentecost is the birthday of the church.

Language Arts:  READING -  Phonemic Awareness - Identify /ou/  Phonics:  Associate ou and ow with /ou/  Decode words with ou, ow/ou/  Identify rhyming words  Vocabulary:  Recognize and understand Memory Words warm, walk, give, once, done;  Understand the meanings of Pattern Words; Understand homographs; Recognize story words house, Ms.; Recognize and understand synonyms;  Comprehension: Associate words and phrases with pictures ; Use pictures and prior knowledge; Complete sentences about a story; Identify lesson(s) that a story teaches; Categorize words; Recognize words walk, warm, give, once, done  SPELLING: Encode rhyming words with ou and ow; Spell Memory Words walk, warm, give, once, done  WRITING: Plan the setting for a story as part of the writing process; Discuss music lessons; Plan characters, a problem, and a solution for a story as part of the writing process    Fluency - Read with appropriate stress 

Math:  We continue to work on Geometry this week. Students count the number of flat surfaces and vertices on geometric solids. They learn that many solid figures are comprised of flat surfaces and vertices. They also learn that the flat surfaces on prisms are called faces.  Students identify geometric solids such as sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, and cube. They learn to sort solid figures by various attributes. They also learn that many sets of solid figures can be sorted in more than one way.  Students combine solid figures to make new solid figures. They learn how solid figures can be combined to make other solid figures. Students use clues to solve riddles about plane shapes and solid figures. They learn how some problems can be solved by reasoning about the conditions in the problem.

Science:  Students will demonstrate their understanding of the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay regions. They will participate in a field trip to CBEC.
Social Studies:  We begin a unit on citizenship with the introduction of vocabulary.  Students will demonstrate their prior knowledge of what being a good citizen lo