Our reading story for the week is I'm a Caterpillar. Our word wall words for this story are; done, know, push, visit and wait. Students will be asked to identify and read these specific words on their assessment at the end of the week. Students are asked to take home readers every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Our skill lesson for the week is fact and opinion, drawing conclusions, and contractions. Students will work independently and small groups to help master the weekly skills. Reading assessments are given on Friday mornings.
Our phonics skill for the week is words with ir, er, and ur. Students will work weekly on mastering the given list by participating in games, word searches, spelling contracts, skill pages, and puzzles. Students will need to spell words correctly on Friday assessments. They will also be given a short sentence at the end of assessment that contains words from their list. I will be looking at neatness, accuracy of words, sentence structure, capital letters, and punctuation marks. I encourage students to practice words nightly for 5-10 minutes. We will have a test this week.
Students do have new contracts in their green folder.
Students will select from the attached contract sheet in their green folder the activity they would like to perform for that evening. Students will do a different contract every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening. I do recommend that students do not do the pretest until Wednesday evenings. Students will be graded on neatness, accuracy of task, and spelling of words. We will work the first several weeks of school doing these activities in class so that students have a better understanding of each task. The completed contracts will be graded and a cumulative grade will be given for that weeks skill.
Please follow the heading template that I sent home to assist your child in heading their spelling assignments. Ten points will be deducted from final product if heading is not accurate.
Our grammar lesson for the week will be on identifying helping verbs; am, is, are, was, and were. We will look at the components that make up a complete sentence in thought, capitalization, and punctuation.
We will also be performing daily "Fix-it" sentences that will illustrate the correct way to write a sentence. We will be working in our interactive notebooks to help facilitate our phonetic skill for the week, blends, digraphs, word ladders, compound words, and contractions.
Students will work daily on basic handwriting strokes. I will evaluate the size, slant, shape, and spacing of letters to determine their grade. Fine motor skills are beneficial to comprehending and appreciating their work. Handwriting grades are taken weekly in various subjects on various activities. A handwriting grade when taken will be located at the top of the paper written as shown; E/hw, S/hw, P/hw, or N/hw. The "hw" stands for handwriting.
Unit 3, Lesson 1
Add and Subtract to 20
ones, teen number and tens
M.1.10 Understand the two digits of a two-digit number represents amounts of tens and ones.
Students will work on map skills. We will focus on identifying our continent, state, and city. We will be completing a booklet that showcases these elements.
Vocabulary: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, continent, city, town, and state
Christmas from Around the World- We will be looking at how holidays are celebrated in other countries and compare those traditions to that of Americans.
We are currently working on making a Jesse Tree and reading about the stories from the Old Testament to help decorate our tree.
Religion will be taught to both first grades by Mrs. Kathy Evanto.
In Unit 1 students will be learning how Jesus teaches us about God's love. We will talk about how God created the world and all people. Students will also learn that each of us has been given a special gift and how we can use our gifts to help others.
Chapter 6 The Church Year
Chapter 7 Ordinary Time
In Unit 2 students will be focusing on the followers of Jesus. They will appreciate that Jesus had many followers, and he taught them to pray. They will know that Jesus died and rose from the grave to bring us new life. We will also look at how the pope and the bishops lead the Church in caring for and serving others.
Chapter 8 Jesus Had Many Followers
Chapter 9 Jesus Died and Rose to New Life
Chapter 10 Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit
Chapter 11 The Holy Spirit Helps the Church to Grow
Chapter 12 The Church Serves
Chapter 13 Advent
Chapter 14 Christmas