A Peek at Week 15

A Peek at Week 15

Bible This week we begin 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.

Phonics – We’ll be practicing digraphs this week and how these combinations of letters make a new sound: sh, ch, th, wh, ph. We’ll also be introducing a new list of words that all first graders need to be able to read by sight. So far there are 8 lists of words that your child should know or be learning. We’ll keep practicing at school as well.

Reading Workshop– Our focus this week is on schema, making connections and how this can understand how characters are feeling and why they are acting certain ways. We’ll be doing a mini-study of the book Balloons over Broadway.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.  The kids are excited about this new unit and have a lot of information to share!

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.

Class Supplies

I’m still collecting paper towel tubes for math. If you have one that is NOT bent or peeling apart, we’d love to use it.

Dates to Note:

Tuesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Chapel at 8:30 AM

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, no school

A Peek at Week 13

A Peek at Week 13

Bible – This week we’ll begin reading stories from Joshua as he takes over as the leader of the Israelites. Highlights of this unit include: The victory at Jericho belonged to God, not to Joshua. Rahab and her family were saved for helping the spies. God sent miracles to help the Israelites defeat their enemies. God helped the Israelites conquer the land of Canaan.

Math – This week we’ll continue to focus on addition and subtraction problems that have an unknown partner instead of an unknown total. We’ll solve these with math mountains, circle drawings, and equations. First graders are also working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10. We’ll be using the website xtra math for some extra practice with these facts.

Phonics – We’re working on digraphs this week and how these combinations of letters make a new sound: sh, ch, th, wh, ph.

Reading Workshop– Last week we collected a bunch of examples of non-fiction text features that help us understand what we are reading. Now our focus will move to background knowledge and schema and how these things can help us understand what we are reading.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach others. First graders are experts in so many areas! It’s fun to see all of the things that they know. Thank you for helping your child with the idea sheet – these are so helpful when we encounter “writers’ block” here at school.

Social Studies/Science – We began a new unit on “What is a Citizen?” Our first focus topics are on rules: who makes them and why we need them. Next we’ll look at the topic of fairness and whether fair means the same thing for everyone or not.

Class Supplies:  I’m collecting paper towel tubes for math. If you have one that is NOT bent or peeling apart, we’d love to use it.

Dates to Note:

Monday, November 18: Kingma’s and Traylor’s classes:  Field Trip to downtown Grand Rapids Police Station.  We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.

*I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Michelle Holman, Katie DeVries, and Brianna Powell.*

Tuesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Chapel at 8:25 AM

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, no school

Two more notes

Our class has earned our first special celebration for great listening, hard work and following routines!!!  We will celebrate by having school in the dark tomorrow. Your child is encouraged/invited to bring a flashlight to help with his/her work. If you don’t have a flashlight available, let me know – I have some extras. Also, please read the writing note below for more information about a writing celebration that will happen on Wednesday!

Also, a reminder that there is NO GRPS bussing tomorrow (Tuesday) so we will have pick-up in the gym.

A Peek at Week 12

A Peek at Week 12

Bible – This week we’ll be reading stories from the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness after God brought them out of Egypt. Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – This week we’re moving into Unit 3. The focus of this unit is working with addition and subtraction problems that have an unknown partner instead of an unknown total. We’ll solve these with math mountains, circle drawings, and equations. First graders are working on the goal of  fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10.

Phonics – We’ve introduced a new list of words that first graders should have memorized. These sight words are key words that your child needs to know to keep reading more and more books. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. We are currently working on learning the words from list 7.

Reading Workshop- This week we’ll do a mini book study on The Moon Seems to Change.

Writing – We wrapped up our unit on narrative writing and will have a writing celebration this week Wednesday. Your child is invited to wear pajamas to school that day and to bring a stuffed friend, small blanket or pillow. Please also have your child bring his/her final small moments book back to school for our celebration – this book was sent home on Friday.

Social Studies/Science – This week we’ll finish our science unit on Space Systems and will begin a Social Studies unit called “What is a Citizen?” The visit to the police station will fit in with our unit when we review some of the community helpers that kids learned about in Kindergarten.

Class Supplies

I’m collecting paper towel tubes for math. If you have one that is NOT bent or peeling apart, we’d love to use it. Thanks! Also, a box or two of ziplock baggies would be great!

Dates to Note:

Monday, November 18: Kingma and Traylor’s class Field Trip to Police Station. I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Michelle Holman, Katie DeVries, and Brianna Powell. We’ll be gone from 8:45-10:45.

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break, no school