February 22, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Another short yet productive week in first grade! The first graders learned about fact families and making ten.  They picked a matrix (bible verse) about Jesus on how to love God and others.   They collaborated to create animal masterpieces in art led by Mrs. Erickson.  They studied light and what happens when we have little light in our classroom.  Then they performed an experiment where they “fixed” the flashlight from Kat and Squirrel by testing different covers.  They learned amazing science vocabulary like opaque, translucent, and transparent.  The 100 word posters look awesome! The first graders can read so many words and showed off their creative side.

 

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day: Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day is Thursday, March 14th. Lunch begins at 11:00 in Egan Hall. Cookies, coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Students are to provide a sack lunch for themselves and their special guest. Families are asked to RSVP and please limit guests to no more than 4 in consideration of others. Please tell your special guests that TEACHERS will walk students back to their classrooms after the luncheon. Do not escort your child back across the street! Teachers will take care of getting them safely back to class. Please let me know if your child does not have a family member or special friend coming so I can pair him/her up with a classmate.

Questions to Ask:

– What does opaque mean?

– Tell me the fact family for the numbers 16, 7, and 9.

 

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 25 is Phoebe

100th Day of school is Wednesday, February 27!

-Grandparents Day is March 14th

-School will be in session on March 15th

 

 

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

 

February 14, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

This week was short, sweet, and slushy!  The first graders enjoyed sharing snow day stories with one another and celebrating St. Valentine’s Day with fun math, heart artwork, and exchanging cards.  They continued to learn different subtraction strategies like doubles and make 10 to subtract.

100th Day of School:

As of today, February 27th will now be our 100th day of school.  Please still bring your 100-word poster project to school on Thursday the 21st.

There will be no homework packet this week.  I left the spelling homework in your children’s folders.  There are no new spelling words this week due to the short week.  They did not take the test today.  They will take the test next Friday the 22nd.

Please continue to read every day and use the resources below to review this past week’s spelling list and math concepts.

Spelling: 

-Label spelling words: noun, verb, adjective

-Color code the sorts on the poem page attached to homework

-Write sentences with two spelling words in them- bonus for three words in a sentence!

-Hunt for words in any book that have your spelling sort pattern

Reading:

– Use reading activity resources listed here Reading Resources

-Read a good fit book 15 minutes a day!

 

Math:

– Make flash cards of addition and subtraction math facts 0-10

– Roll dice or flip playing cards and add them numbers then list the complete fact family

-Ms. Gudaitis’ math resources: https://math.st-johnschool.org/important-links/

 

Questions to Ask

– How many doubles can you name?

-What did you do for art this week?

– What did you learn about St. Valentine?

 

 

Special Notes

– Make up days for Star Dolphins next week for Angelina (2) and Sam (1).

-Phoebe will be Star Dolphin on the week of February 25.

– No school Friday, 2/15 – Tuesday, 2/19 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

1.NBT.2

– compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

– use manipulatives, pictures, and math strategies to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

 

 

 

 

February 8, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

 

We had a snowy but busy short week.  First graders learned about Chinese New Year and enjoyed their first library day. They discussed this month’s virtue, Cheerfulness, and how they can spread that to others like Saint John Bosco. In math, students continued to learn different strategies to subtract like using doubles.

Supplemental School Work:

In anticipation of potential snow days next week I have listed activities/assignments below that you can have your child work on during the down times between playing in the snow.  J

 

Spelling: 

-Label spelling words: noun, verb, adjective

-Color code the sorts on the poem page attached to today’s homework

-Write sentences with two spelling words in them- bonus for three words in a sentence!

-Hunt for words in any book that have your spelling sort pattern

Reading:

– Practice your sight words.

-When you read with your family use different voices (grandparent, robot, baby shark)

Reading Resources

Math:

– Make flash cards of addition and subtraction math facts 0-10

-Roll a die and double it.  Name the subtraction fact that goes with it.

– Play adding war with a deck of cards.

-Ms. Gudaitis’ math resources: Math Resources

100th Day of School:

As of today, February 25th will now be our 100th day of school.  Please still bring your 100-word poster project to school on the 21st.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon!  Signing a name 20 plus times can be a big job for children.  You may want to start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. I attached a class list to last week’s homework as well as our weekly email to help you. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible because of the multiple allergies in our class.  Thank you!

 

Questions to Ask

– Name a double subtraction fact.

-What was your favorite part of Library?

– What did you learn about Chinese New Year?

 

 

Special Notes

– Sam is Star Dolphin for the week of February 11.

– Dress Uniform for St. Valentine’s Mass this Wednesday, 2/13

– Valentines Day in this Thursday, 2/14

– No school Friday, 2/15 – Tuesday, 2/19 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– count to 120. 1.NBT.1

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

– use manipulatives, pictures, and math strategies to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

 

 

 

 

February 1, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success!  On Monday, the students thanked their community by making a poster for the construction workers at our school.  On Tuesday, the students thanked you for being amazing parents with cards.  On Wednesday, they were part of an all school flag and learned how to be a good citizen.  On Thursday they brought flowers, dressed like teachers, and spent the day making posters for Mrs. O’Leary, Mrs. Q, Mrs. McCarthy, Senora Blanca, Ms. Kay, Fr. Crispin, and the Janitorial staff.  Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children.

Happy Student Appreciation Day!  In honor of all their hard work the students enjoyed a flatbread pizza lunch, performed a dance at the Homecoming game, and enjoyed Fun Friday at the end of the day.

Thank you, Firefighter Mike O’Brien for coming in and teaching us about your job and fire safety.  See attached pictures of his visit!

 

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon!  Signing a name 20 plus times can be a big job for children.  You may want to start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. I attached a class list to the homework to help you.  I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible (due to allergies).  Thank you!  We will celebrate Thursday, February 14th.

 

Questions to Ask

– How do you count back to subtract? Use a number line?

– What makes St. John School a great Catholic school?

 

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 4th is Angelina.

– 100th Day Project due Monday, February 21st

-No School February 15-19 for Mid-Winter Break

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1