A Peek at Week 22

A Peek at Week 22

101 Day – First grade celebrates 101 day together this week with many special activities. See previous email for more about students dressing up for this fun day in 1st grade.

Devotions and Prayer – This month we continue focusing on prayer and will be learning from a book called I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers.

Bible – This week we will begin the stories of Ruth.  Our focus will be on: 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 working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – This week we will be working with new sight words – list 10 & 11! This week we’ll also learn when C makes an S sound and when G makes a J sound. Finally, we’ll practice adding suffixes to words.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll move on to inferring and how asking questions can help us figure out what is going on in a text. Our focus is on reading closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Writing -Last week we began our introduction into writing opinion books. This week we’ll begin to work on how to judge things fairly and will be looking at collections, picking our favorite item, and writing about our favorite one.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:

Tuesday, January 28: 100s Day (Pajama Day)

Wednesday, January 29: 101 Day celebrated by 1st grade

Friday, Feb. 14: Half Day, teacher professional development

Monday, Feb 17: No school

A Peek at Week 21

A Peek at Week 21

Devotions and Prayer – This month we are focusing on prayer and will be learning from a book called I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers. I’ll be sending home a paper updating you on the focus of our prayer time for that week.

Bible – This week we will be reading the stories of Samson – one of the Judges who lead Israel.  Highlights of this unit include: God showed mercy to his covenant-sending judges to deliver his people. 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 working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – list 10 and introducing list 11! We’ll also begin working on long vowel patterns – specifically bossy e at the end of a word. Finally, we talk about how to know when a word ends with CK or KE or K.

Reading Workshop-This week we’ll continue asking questions while we read. Our goals are to: use images and words to gain understanding, ask questions when you read, listen and view, understand why some questions are answered and some are not, and find questions to expand our thinking. We continue doing this with a collection of non-fiction books.

Writing -This week we will start an introduction to opinion books. We begin with examples of facts and opinions. We’ll also work on how to judge things fairly. We will be looking at some collections, picking our favorite item, and writing about our favorite one.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:

Monday, January 20 – Half day of school, 12:10 dismissal. **No GRPS bussing that day**. GRCS buses will run as usual.  There will be no after school car-line. K-4 Students must be picked up from the gym after school.

MAP testing (winter session) Thursday, January 23 at 1:00 PM.

A Peek at Week 20

A Peek at Week 20

Note: We are collecting flashlights to use with our light and sound unit. Please label one and send it to school. Let me know if you don’t have one for your child to use. Thanks!

Devotions and Prayer – This month we are focusing on prayer and will be learning some different prayers that we can say and sing together.

Bible – This week we will be reading the stories of Gideon – one of the Judges who lead Israel.  Highlights of this unit include: God showed mercy to his covenant-sending judges to deliver his people. 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 working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – moving on to introduce list 10! If your child is still working on earlier lists, please consider setting aside extra time at home to continue practicing the words together. We do a lot of work on them at school as well and partnering at home can make a big difference! We’ll also begin doing work on long vowel patterns.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll continue asking questions while we read. Our goals are to: use images and words to gain understanding, ask questions when you read, listen and view, understand why some questions are answered and some are not, and find questions to expand our thinking.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on. Our focus this week will be on writing comparisons to teach, on writing conclusions, and using craft moves like speech bubbles and bold words. We are coming close to the end of this unit so students will also be choosing one book to revise and clean up.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:

Monday, January 20 – Half day of school, 12:10 dismissal. **No GRPS bussing that day**. GRCS buses will run as usual.  There will be no after school car-line. K-4 Students must be picked up from the gym after school.

MAP testing (winter session) is this month – our class’ times are Thursday, January 16 and Thursday, January 23 both at 1:00 PM.

A Peek at Week 19

A Peek at Week 19

Welcome back! I hope you had a great break! I’m heading to Canada today for one more family celebration so I’m busy getting ready for next week. We’re reading to jump in and get back to learning together! Please make sure to send boots and all appropriate snow clothes with your child this week. We sent it all home over break!

Note: We are collecting flashlights to use with our light and sound unit. Please label one and send it to school with your child by Friday. Let me know if you don’t have one for your child to use. Thanks!

Devotions and Prayer – Last month we focused on advent, waiting and getting ready for the birth of Christ. This month we will be focusing on Epiphany and the gift of Christ to all!

Bible -We resume our regular Bible stories by continuing with the Judges. Highlights of this unit include:God showed mercy to his covenant-saving his 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 will begin a new unit in Math this week on place value working with tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems. The kids will continue working on their number math scrolls which also help us see patterns in tens and ones.

Phonics – This week we will continue practicing our new sight words – adding list 9! This means that we’ve worked on close to 100 sight words this year. Sight words are critical as your child learns to become a fluent reader. If your child is still working on earlier lists, please consider setting aside extra time at home to continue practicing the words together. We do a lot of work on them at school as well and partnering at home can make a big difference!

Reading Workshop- This week we’ll focus on asking questions while we read. Our goals are: use images and words to gain understanding, ask questions when you read, listen and view, understand why some questions are answered and some are not, and find questions to expand our thinking.

Writing – We continue our work of writing non-fiction books that teach facts about a topic that we are experts on.

Social Studies/Science – We will begin our unit on light and sound this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:
Monday, January 20 – Half day of school, 12:10 dismissal.
MAP testing (winter session) will be this month