Last Week’s Peek at the Week

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A Peek at Week 25

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer – This week we continue focusing on prayer and learning about God from his creation. Next week we’ll begin devotions focused on Lent and Easter. 

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him.

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. 

 

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We’ll begin Chapter 5 and will continue working on place value and teen numbers. We’ll work on making 10 for an addition strategy and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we will work on word endings – first learning how to tell when a word ends with K, CK or KE. We’ll also work on adding suffixes (endings) to different words. Finally, we’ll keep practicing the Most Common sight word lists. 

Reading Workshop– This week we continue inferring and asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. This week we’ll be working in non-fiction narrative books to see how the graphics and pictures can give us clues about what we’ll be reading about. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working hard on developing our ideas and adding more details. Instead of saying, “I like that dog because it is cute” our goal is to add more and say something like, “I like that dog because it has cute ears and a nice nose.”

Social Studies – This week we begin a new Social Studies unit that focuses on geography. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at creating a map of our classroom and addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  We also have our field trip to the Post Office to see how mail is sorted for delivery. Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Sarah Kelso and Laura Huisman for this trip.
  • Friday, February 28: Mrs. Kingma gone, Mrs. Cheryl Bootsma will teach for me
  • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • Wacky Wednesdays in March – watch for more information coming soon

 

A Peek at Week 24

A Peek at Week 24

Devotions and Prayer – This week we continue focusing on prayer and learning about God from his creation.

Bible – This week we will begin moving into the Kings of Israel.  Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him.

Math – This week we continue working on place value and will continue working more and more with teen numbers. We’ll work on making 10 for an addition strategy and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit.

Phonics – This week we will begin work on decoding words that have vowel pairs. We’ll also keep working on sight words!

Reading Workshop– This week we continue inferring and asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. Our focus is on making logical inferences from clues in the text. We begin this unit by reading a variety of poems which are great for inferring.

Writing Workshop -This week we continue writing opinions and practicing sharing good reasons for our choices. We are working hard on developing our ideas and adding more details. Instead of saying, “I like that dog because it is cute.” Our goal is to add more and say something like, “I like that dog because it has cute ears and a nice nose.”

Social Studies/Science – We’ll be wrapping up our sound unit this week and will move on to How We Learn about Places. The field trip to the post office is part of this next unit. We’ll be going in the morning on February 27. I can take 2-3 parents along on this trip. Please let me know if you are interested! Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of the newsletter!

Dates to Note:

Friday, February 14: Half Day, dismissal at 12:10

Monday, February 17: No School

Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: more information coming soon

A Peek at Week 23

A Peek at Week 23

Welcome: This week our class will be joined by Miss (Katelyn) Peterson who will be student teaching with me this semester. Miss Peterson is a student at Calvin University.  She will be with us from February 4 through May 15. Welcome Katelyn!

Devotions and Prayer – This week our devotions will come from The Big Book of 5 Minute Devotions.

Bible – This week we will read the stories of Samuel.  Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him.

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 – We will continue working on sight words and will learn Phonetic rule 3 and 4 to know how to decode words with vowel pairs.

Reading Workshop– 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. We begin this unit by reading a variety of poems which are great for inferring.

Writing Workshop -Last week we began our introduction into writing opinion books. This week we will begin writing opinions and practicing sharing good reasons for our choices.

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:

Friday, February 14: Half Day, dismissal at 12:10

Monday, February 17: No School

Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: more information coming soon

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.