Classroom News

Dear first grade students and families,

Congratulations on completing first grade! It has been such a wonderful year working and learning with you. Thank you for your time, effort, and support in making this year successful; I feel so fortunately to have shared this academic school year with you. I hope you all have a wonderful summer with family and friends. Please continue to read, read, read!

All the best,

Ms.Smith

Classroom News May 20th- 24th

Please don’t forget about the Birthright Fundraiser.  St. Peter’s is collecting baby and maternity items to assist in Birthright’s Mission to support women and their new born babies. All items are due by Friday, May 24th  when the Director will be coming around the classrooms collecting items. Thank you for your assistance.

Students will be completing their final F&P testing for the school year!

Math: All year review (emphasis will be placed on coins and their values).

Reading/writing: Students will search for story details to answer questions about fiction and non fiction stories. Students will continue to work on writing neatly on lined paper.

Science: Students will be planting May flowers; we will review the needs of living things.

Social Studies: Students will discuss wants and needs in our lives.

Religion: Students will discuss the importance of celebrating Jesus (review the Last Supper).

Classroom News May 13th- 17th

Students have completed their MAP (reading and math) testing. This week, students will be completing F&P testing. Due to the testing throughout the week there will not be a spelling test this Friday. Please continue to review previously tested spelling words at home.

Reading/Writing: Students will be writing a personal narrative (small moment) while using spelling words. Students will also be using complete sentences and finger spaces. During reading time, students will be expected to clearly identify the 5w’s and discuss each in small groups.

Religion: Students are discussing sin, forgiveness, baptism, and the Holy Eucharist.

Social Studies: Students are reviewing plants and the basic needs of living things.

Science: Students will review forces and describe what work is done when force moves an object.

Math: Students will review the value of coins, time, place values, and counting patterns.

Classroom News April 29th – May 3rd

Spelling: words to know for this week: rain, day, aim, may, way, lay, tea, green, train, stay. Students will use these words throughout the week to form complete sentences.

Reading/writing: Students will continue practicing forming letters on lined paper while using good writing posture. Students will also work on breaking words into syllables while clapping. Students will continue to discuss environmental print.

Religion: We have special words in our Catholic faith: Baptism, Eucharist, Gospel, Grace, Sin, Forgiveness. Students will discuss each word.

Math: Students will review telling time. Students will also continue to discuss coin values and compare numbers of coins.

Social Studies: Students will discuss the basic values of the American democracy.

Science: We will continue to discuss measurements and different tools that are used to measure objects.

Classroom News April 23rd- 26th

Math: Students will identify the penny, nickel, quarter, dime, and its value. Students will also compare the number of coins.

Science: Students will use units to measure length (shortest/longest) and quantity while estimating. Students will also discuss the meaning of perimeter.

Social Studies: Students will identify the basic value of American democracy.

Spelling: Students will have a spelling test this week. Please review the following long- oo words: spoon, moon, food, cool, noon, zoo, stop, tooth, school, snack.
As students continue to read and write in class, they will apply new and used vocabulary words. Please continue to review vocabulary words at home.

Reading/ Writing: Students will continue to practice forming letters and words neatly on lined paper. Students will review the importance of line spacing. Students will also recognize environmental print (example: signs in school, road signs, store signs, logos).

Religion: Students will discuss the baptism of Jesus (Jn 1:29-34).

Classroom News April 8th- 12th

Spelling: Students will be participating in a Spelling Bee this Friday. Throughout the week, students will be practicing these review words in interactive games. Spelling Bee words:

an, man, can, ran, fan, ten, pen, hen, land, cut, nut, hut, but, gut, bug, mug, dug, mutt, far, jar, car, star, her, fur, hurt, purr, start, am, ham, him, dim, trim, slim, drum, gum, lamb.

Reading/writing: Students will be discussing -sc and -sk consonant blends. We will also be reading in small groups and independently while discussing story details.

Religion: Students will discuss how they are preparing for Easter. Students will also discuss the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle.

Social Studies: Students will recall and discuss the contributions of historical figures and religious figures in the world.

Science: Students will discuss customary units and Metric units of measurement. Students will understand why measurements are important.

Math: Students will continue to practice telling time using an analog and digital clock. Students will also begin discussing the value of money.

April 1st – April 5th Classroom News

Math: Students will be able to tell time by the hour and half hour. Students will discuss the similarities and differences between analog and digital clocks.

Spelling: your, many, two, into, been, who, press, grade, their, would.

Students will discuss and review -ir, -ur, -er words while using them in complete sentences with capital letters, finger spaces, and punctuation.

Religion: Students will discuss and participate in the Stations of the Cross. Students will discuss how they will continue to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also be discussing vocations and how they help people.

Science: Students will be observing different measurements. (centimeters, inches, feet, yards, gallons, quarts, pints, cups). Students will be able to identify how to measure different properties of matter.

Social Studies: Students will identify and discuss different leaders in our world and their vocations. We will discuss the characteristics of a leader within our church, school, family, and community.

Classroom News March 25th-29th

Math: Students will compare digital and analog clocks as forms of time measurement. Students will identify parts of a clock and time to the hour.

Reading/Writing: Students will review print handwriting skills. Students will provide finger spaces and form letters neatly on dotted and bold lines.

Students will analyze a narrative text to determine a narrator. Students will read first grade passages with understanding (review of 5w’s).

Spelling: Words for this week: stop, snug, snip, brown, spot, crab, spin, snack, step, stick.

Religion: Students will continue their discussion on vocations. Students will think about how they will use their gifts to help others.

Social Studies: Students will understand and explain the role of leaders in the church, community, and family leaders.

Science: Students will measure and compare objects based on their size, length, shape, color.

Classroom News March 18th- 22nd

Spelling words: trip, print, grade, trap, gram, press, play, sled, prince, princess. The spelling test will be this Friday.

Reading/Writing: Students will discuss base words and their endings (er, est, ed, ing, es, s). Students will use appropriate voice level and intonation when speaking and reading aloud. Students will continue to discuss personal narratives in class.

Religion: Students will understand that people are called to be married, priests or deacons, and other religious brothers and sisters. We will discuss vocations.

Science: Students will identify that energy is caused by objects in motion and that energy is used to do work.

Social Studies: Students will think about the roles of leaders within our community. Students will discuss contributions made in history by historic, political, and religious figures.

Math: Students will describe plane and solid shapes. Students will recognize how shapes form different objects.

Have a great week.

Classroom News March 11th- 15th

Math: Students will continue to identify shapes and their characteristics.

Spelling: words for this week: frost, brown, free, crib, crab, brick, black, flag, frozen, break.

Reading/Writing: Students will identify base words and endings (es, s, ing, ed, er, est). Students will discuss headings, subheadings, print styles. Students will also continue to practice writing in complete sentences (capital letters, finger spacing, punctuation, details will be discussed).

Religion: Lent is a season of repentance. Students will discuss different ways to help one another and to pray.

Science: Students will observe and identify different forces (friction, push, pull).

Social Studies: Students will continue to discuss different features of a globe. Students will identify different areas using cardinal directions. Students will read and discuss the North and South Poles.

Note to parents: This Thursday, students will be creating leprechaun traps in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. Students are encouraged to bring in materials to construct their own traps. We will be using this time to discuss characteristics of shapes and how friction and gravity influence motion.

Object ideas include: tissue boxes, Popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, stickers, string, Dixie cups.