A Peek at Week 18

A Peek at Week 18

Reminder: We have been SNOW-FREE this week but please remember to send boots to school with your child all winter. Our playground gets quite muddy! Also, watch the weather and make sure your child has appropriate clothing to play outside!

Reminder 2: Your child should bring a gently used book wrapped in paper to exchange for a class game on Friday.

Devotions and Prayer – This month we will focus on advent, waiting and getting our hearts ready for the real meaning and celebration of Christmas.

Bible – This week we will read the stories of Jesus’ birth as we prepare to celebrate Christmas with you next week.

Math – This week we’re doing more practice with addition and subtraction story problems – reading them CAREFULLY and not just guessing if they are addition or subtraction.

Phonics – This week we’ll continue working on review of skill 1 and 2 which indicate when a word will have a short vowel. We’ll also be learning how to tell when a word ends with c, k, or ck.

Reading Workshop- We’ll be using our reading time this week for Christmas stories and activities that continue to help us focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on. We’ll also be writing some Christmas cards during writing time.

Social Studies/Science – This week we’ll wrap up our Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. We’ll work on producers-consumers, scarcity – choice and on trade and money.

Dates to Note:
Class Christmas party: Thursday afternoon, December 19:
Christmas Chapel: Friday, December 20, 8:25 AM
Christmas tree cone decorating with buddies will happen Friday morning.
Christmas Break: Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3
School resumes Monday, January 6, 2020

A Peek at Week 17: December 9-13

A Peek at Week 17

Devotions and Prayer – This month we will focus on advent, waiting and getting our hearts ready for the real meaning and celebration of Christmas.

Bible– We will finish reading about the Judges once we get back to school after Christmas break. Highlights of this unit include:God showed mercy to his covenant-breaking people by sending judges to deliver them. The Israelites returned to a cycle of disobedience after the death of each judge. Ruth, a Moabite, came to Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth and Boaz shared a selfless love, and Ruth, a foreigner, became an important member of God’s special people. God made Naomi’s bitter and empty life sweet and full again.

Math – This week we’re doing a lot more practice with addition and subtraction story problems – reading them CAREFULLY and not just guessing if they are addition or subtraction. We’ll also take the end of the unit test.

Phonics – This week we’ll continue work on some Phonetic rules that help students begin to know if a vowel will make a long or short sound. We also continue to work on our sight words – please keep practicing these at home.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is on predicting, retelling and summarizing – all using the book Sneezy the Snowman.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.  This week we’re doing a check in and setting goals for the next section of our unit – moving into writing information chapter books.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in our Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. We’ll work on: Wants-needs, products-services, and producers-consumers.

Class Supplies

I’m still collecting toilet paper tubes for a Christmas craft. We’re hoping to use them on Friday! Paper towel tubes will also help if you have those!

Dates to Note:

Cookie decorating with buddies. Online sign-up is coming soon.

Class Christmas party: Thursday, December 19 (more details coming soon)

A Peek at Week 16: December 2-6

A Peek at Week 16

Reminder 1: November reading logs from the book-in-a-bag are due to school this week!

Reminder 2: Please remember to send boots to school with your child all winter – snow or no snow. Our playground gets quite muddy as things melt and refreeze! Also, watch the weather and make sure your child has appropriate clothing to play outside!

Devotions and Prayer – This month we will focus on advent, waiting and getting our hearts ready for the real meaning and celebration of Christmas.

Bible -We will continue reading about the Judges who lead Israel.  Highlights of this unit include:God showed mercy to his covenant-breaking people by sending judges to deliver them. The Israelites returned to a cycle of disobedience after the death of each judge. Ruth, a Moabite, came to Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth and Boaz shared a selfless love, and Ruth, a foreigner, became an important member of God’s special people. God made Naomi’s bitter and empty life sweet and full again.

Math – We continue to focus on addition and subtraction problems that have an unknown partner instead of an unknown total. We’ll be working on story problems and listening for key words to know when we know a total or when we’re being told a partner. First graders continue working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10. Xtra math is a great way for some extra practice at home.

Phonics – We are working on phonetic skills which are tools to help kids know how to decode words in their reading. Skill 1 helps us read CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) like b-a-t and CVCC words (like sand) and shows kids that those words will always have short vowel sounds. We also continue to work on learning sight words – please keep practicing these at home.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is on asking questions while we are reading. This helps students make sure they are making sense of what they are reading and is an important tool to increase comprehension.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.  We’re working on some ways to tell more about a topic – trying to answer questions that someone else might have, writing twin sentences, and using labels in pictures.

Social Studies/Science – This week we begin a Social Studies unit on Wants and Needs. Our focus begins on what wants and needs are and how we get them. We also look at different goods and services.

Intervention Times

Just a reminder that each day, the first grade teachers are supported by additional instructional staff to help us meet the individual needs of our students in reading and math. Your child might mention that he/she is working with Mrs. Bootsma, Mrs. Rusticus, Mrs. Pifer, Mrs. Holwerda or Mrs. Correll. We work on individual skills in small groups and this is just one more way we work together to make sure the kids are growing! We are so thankful for our team!

Class Supplies

I’m am collecting toilet paper tubes for a Christmas craft. Thanks for saving them! We are all set with paper towel tubes!

Dates to Note:

Cookie decorating with buddies. Online sign-up is coming soon.

Class Christmas party (more details coming soon)