Monday, December 10, 2018

Week of December 10th

​First Grade Families,

We are looking forward to another great full week together!
Mark your calendars:
  • 17th-19th: Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break: December 20th-January 4th
  • Conferences: January 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th
  • Animal Reports: due January 7th, please refer to the packet sent home for guidelines. Reach out to me if you have further questions.

Spalding
Phonograms 1-70
Words:
place,  report,  never,  found,  side,  kind,  life,  here,  car,  word
every,  under,  most,  made,  said,  says,  say,  work,  our,  more
when,  from,  form,  wind,  wind,  print,  air,  fill,  along,  lost
Literature
We will continue to read through Frog and Toad Together. Scholars will be working on sequencing events, summarizing and transition words. Our new poem went home Friday and is I Know all the Sounds the Animals Make. We will recite this poem the final week before break.
Math
This week we wrap up comparing numbers, our test will be Tuesday. Our next unit will be on graphing. We will discuss how to create a graph, collect data, and interpret the data.
Science
We will continue exploring electricity. Scholars will explore static and current electricity, and who Thomas Edison was and how he is related to electricity.
History
We will continue to look at the three world religions. We will understand how and when these religions emerged and the role that they play in our history. We will use this knowledge as a framework for understanding many important historical events. We will learn the symbols for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Scholars will compare and contrast these three religions.
We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week of December 3rd

First Grade Families,
We are looking forward to another great full week together!

Mark your calendars:

  • 17th-19th: Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break: December 20th-January 4th
  • Conferences: January 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th
  • Animal Reports: due January 7th, please refer to the packet sent home for guidelines. Reach out to me if you have further questions.
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Phonograms 1-70
McCall monthly test Monday (no homework)
Words:
fine, cannot, May, may, line, left, ship, train, saw, pay
large, near, hear, down, why, bill, want, girls, girl, part, still

Literature
We will continue to read through Frog and Toad are Friends. Scholars will be working on sequencing events, summarizing and transition words. Our new poem went home Friday and is I Know all the Sounds the Animals Make. We will recite this poem the final week before break.

Math
This week we wrap up measurement, our test will be Tuesday. Our next unit will be on comparing numbers. We will discuss "one more" and "one less" and use subtraction to compare numbers.

Science
We will finish our unit on Habitats. We will complete our oceans foldable and introduce electricity. We will begin to explore open and closed circuits.

History
We will continue to look at the three world religions. We will understand how and when these religions emerged and the role that they play in our history. We will use this knowledge as a framework for understanding many important historical events. We will learn the symbols for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Scholar will compare and contrast these three religions.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Week of November 26th

Welcome back first grade families!
This quarter is absolutely flying by and we are heading into the home stretch. Take a look at what we will be doing this week:

Spalding
Phonograms 1-70
Words
card, south, deep, inside, blue, post, town, stay, grand, outside
dark, band, game, boat, rest, east, son, sun, help, hard
race, cover, fire, wire, tire, age, gold, read, read, red

Literature
This week we will begin reading Frog and Toad are Friends. Scholars will compare frogs and toads. We will continue to study story elements including characters, setting and plot. We will sequence the major events in the story using transition words. If your child does not have a copy of this book at school please send it in Monday.

Math
We will review and test on shapes. Our next unit is on measurement. This week we will focus on length and measuring in non-standard units.

Science
We continue our unit on oceans. This week we will take a closer look at coral reefs, waves, tides and currents.

History
We will start our unit on the history of the Three World Religions. We will cover Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We will answer the question "What is religion?" and compare and contrast the three religions that shaped our history.

In partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Week of November 19th AND Thanksgiving!

First Grade Families,
Thank you for your dedication to your children and our community. I know you all put in time and effort to make our fall concert a success, and we could not have done it without you. From rushed dinners, to parking and late bedtimes thank you. It is always such a joy for me to see your children in this light.

I say it every week, but this week I mean it! How is it already Thanksgiving?! This week is short. Please remember we are off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Whether you will be cooking, traveling or catching up on rest I hope you enjoy your break.

Due to the short week we will deviate from our schedule slightly and there will be no homework.

We will hone our reading and writing skills by reading and responding to Thanksgiving stories. We will review concepts learned in math and wrap up our Early Civilizations unit, our goal is to test on Tuesday.

In science we will finish our foldable book on the layers of the ocean. Your scholar will learn to differentiate between the different layers and describe each the plants, animals and characteristics of each one. In math we will compare shapes and complete patterns.

In Gratitude,
The First Grade Team

Friday, November 9, 2018

Week of November 12th

First Grade Families:
We are looking forward to another great week together please remember that Monday, November 12th there is no school and Thursday the 15th is our compulsory music concert at Higley Center from 5:30-6:30 for grades K-2. Your child will need to be dropped off at 5:00 in appropriate attire. There will be no homework this night. If you have further questions please refer to the yellow logistics page that went home or my previous blog post. The information is also on Mrs. Boswell's blog. New Family Information night is November 15th from 6-7.

This week we will hold our class spelling bees. Stay tuned for more information. Scholars planning on entering the yearbook cover contest may do so November 5th-30th.

We will move forward in our curriculum as follows:

Spalding
Phonograms 1-70
Words
dance, dinner, doll, egg, fruit, looks, pick, rich
zoo, zip, zero, seven, forget, happy, noon, think, sister, cast

Literature
We are reading the Princess and the Pea this week. We will continue to analyze the elements of a Fairy Tale and hone our summarizing skills.

Math
This week we dive into the unit on shapes. We will look at corners and sides, flat surfaces 2D to 3D shapes and the different ways in which we can sort shapes.

Science
We are still studying the ocean habitat. We will delve deeper into the different layers of the ocean and the types of plants and animals found there. We begin working on a foldable book that will showcase each layer.

History
Ancient civilizations will take us to the Inca this week. We will learn where this civilization made their home as well as the important discovery of Macchu Picchu.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy week,
The First Grade Team

Friday, October 26, 2018

Week of October 29th

First Grade Families,
We are looking forward to a fun-filled and busy week ahead. Wednesday October 31st will be our Literary Character Day celebration. Please ensure that you have cleared your child's character with his or her teacher. Friday November 2nd we will have our culminating assembly for the read-a-thon, we encourage you to continue to log minutes and collect donations. A gentle reminder that dismissal is at 12:30 on Friday as teachers will be attending in-service workshops.

Spalding
Phonograms 1-70
free, lake, lace, page, nice, end, fall, went, back, away
paper, put, each, soon, came, Sunday, show, Monday, moon, yet
find, give, new, letter, take, Mr., Mister, after, thing, what

Literature
Poem recitation will be this week. Please continue to practice The Swing at home. We will continue with our fairy tales unit this week. We will read and discuss Rapunzel and The Frog Prince. We will also be celebrating literature and reading on Wednesday the 31st with exciting activities in class.

Math
This week we will continue in unit 6. We will be adding two one digit numbers to make a sum greater than ten. We will practice breaking numbers apart to make ten as well as exploring the different strategies we can use to add. We will introduce subtraction within 20. Please continue to practice math facts at home nightly.

Science
This week we continue to learn about habitats through exploration of the saltwater and ocean habitats.

History
The Maya developed large cities in the rainforests of Mexico and Central America many years ago. Extended family was very important to the Mayans. We will learn more about this culture and civilization through realistic fiction read-alouds, discussion and journaling.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week of October 22nd

First Grade Families,
Second quarter is in full swing, and full of fun activities! Just a reminder to get your child's concert clothes now. Attire guidelines are posted on Mrs. Boswell's blog as well as our last blog post. The read-a-thon continues, keep reading and logging those minutes to win cool prizes. Approval slips for Character Day costumes have been sent home. Please look for the slip approving your choice. Pop culture will not be permitted. Please make arrangements for half-day on Friday, November 2nd for teacher in-service.

This week in class:

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Phonograms 1-70
sleep, wash, yellow, nine, face, miss, rides, ride, tree, sick
got, north, white, spent, foot, feet, blows, blow, block, spring
river, planted, plant, cut, song, sing, sang, sung, winter, stone

Literature
This week we continue our Fairy Tales unit. We will focus on story elements, comprehension and retelling important events. Our stories this week include Sleeping Beauty, Rumplestiltskin and Hansel and Gretel.

Math
This week we will learn about the base ten system for writing numbers, focusing on numbers to twenty. We will compare numbers and add two, one digit numbers to equal sums greater than ten. Unit 6 test will be this Thursday. Monday and Tuesday we will work through our continual assessment in order to evaluate each child's progress thus far.

History
We are working through our Early Civilizations unit. Last week we put seeds in baggies to sprout, as we looked at farming and its role in early civilizations. We will learn about the Aztecs, Incas and Mayas this week and identify them on a map. In addition we will create an Aztec calendar. Scholars will learn about the contributions of each of these civilizations and track the progress of their lima bean as it begins to sprout and grow.

Science
Our habitat unit continues this week with an up close look at the wetlands. Scholars will explain the characteristics of the wetlands and create an informational beaver flip book about this habitat.

In Partnership,
The First Grade Team