February 28, 2020

First Grade Dolphins News

Welcome to the end of February and the beginning of Lent. Students attended Ash Wednesday Mass and received blessed ashes. In class, they discussed their Lent promises focusing on prayer, fasting, and helping others (almsgiving). The first graders began their unit on Habitats.  In this unit, they will learn 5 habitats (forest, grassland, ocean, polar, and desert).  This unit will take us to the end of the year! The first graders finished their math unit on subtraction to 20 using different strategies (make 10, doubles, fact family, related facts, count back, and number line).

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 12):  Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend.  Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk together to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests.  I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over.  They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end! 

Homework Note

The first graders have finished their math facts units so the next few units focus on place value, geometry, and measurement.  I don’t want them forget their addition and subtraction math facts to 20 so have them keep practicing in different ways.  You could use the website prodigy, make flashcards, play games, or use the math pages I sent home.  Looking for games that are fun but also teach math skills for your children?  Check out this link below.

  https://www.thespruce.com/best-dice-games-4164423

 

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 2 is Maggie

-Class Mass is Wednesday, March 3 at 8:30

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 12= Dress Uniform

-No school on Friday, March 13th

 

Did you know…

If you want to practice a social or emotional skill, books are the best way!  If you use storybook characters to “practice scenarios” on how to be a good friend or how to solve recess issues, then your child can feel safe to tell you if there are any problems.  Here is a great website for books that deal with different issues.  I chose the friendship books since we’ve been learning what makes a good friend!  https://booksthathealkids.blogspot.com/search/label/friendship?&max-results=20

 

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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help     offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

-know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

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

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

 

February 21, 2020

 

First Grade Dolphin News

 Another short yet productive week in first grade! The 100th Day of school was a big celebration with activities like “Beat the 100 second clock for math games” and pictures that show the students as 100 years old. They read 103 books with their buddies! The 100 word posters look awesome! The first graders can read so many words and showed off their creative side,

The first graders learned about related facts and making ten.  They finished their Beatitude Books.  There is a parent information sheet attached to the book so you can find out more about the flowers that symbolize the beatitudes!   They finished their light unit with a game of “Find who took Squirrel’s cookies.”

Math Tests:  I sent home the math tests from our last unit.  If you child scored below 17 on the test, then Ms. Gudaitis worked with him/her in her Thursday group this week to help each student understand the concepts missed. Remember the math chapter sent home last week can be used as practice pages too.

Homework Note:  Please keep the Lenten calendar at home during the 40 days of Lent.  The Crown of Thorns activity is a nice family project to help children show kindness for Jesus.  Reading bags will be sent home next week.

We wish the Gruening family all the best in their new adventures in London!  Maddie will be missed! 

Questions to Ask:

– What does it mean when something reflects light?

– Tell me one thing you did on the 100th day of school.

-What is one way to make 100?

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 24 is Jordan

-Ash Wednesday Mass is February 26 (wear dress uniform)

-Grandparents Day is March 12th

-School will be in session on March 13th

 

Did You Know…

Play is an important part of your child’s development?

  • Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
  • Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
  • Buy your children toys such as blocks or dolls, that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
  • Ask your child regularly whether he feels overly tired, burned out, or overscheduled
  • Allow your children to have a say in which extracurricular activities they are involved in

 

 

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 13, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

This week was short, sweet, and busy! The first graders enjoyed celebrating St. Valentine’s Day with pajamas, heart artwork, and exchanging cards.  They continued to learn different subtraction strategies like doubles and make 10 to subtract.  They experimented with flashlights to find out what objects are opaque, translucent, or transparent.  Then they experimented with reflections using light beams (flashlight) and objects. The first graders learned about Mary’s appearance in Lourdes, France.  She appeared to St. Bernadette (our saint of the month).

Homework Note:  There is a homework packet for an exciting project to conclude our Sound and Light unit. There is no spelling due to the short week.  Remember to bring your 100_word poster on Wednesday, February 19.

 

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 Owen (1) and Vinnie (1), and Max (1).

-Jordan will be Star Dolphin on the week of February 24.

– No school Friday, 2/14 – Tuesday, 2/18 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

-100th Day of School is Tuesday, February 19

-Ash Wednesday All School Mass (parents are welcome to join us!) is February 26

 

Did you Know…

7 year olds are anxious to do well and can be extremely sensitive.

 

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

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

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

1.PS4.2 – make observations to construct and evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.

1.PS4.3 – plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

Happy first week of February! The first graders began learning about the Beatitudes by making a book of flowers to help them remember.  For example, the mourning glory flower blooms and dies in a day to help them remember “Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.”  Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of February is Love/Charity. They talked about how they can be loving this month.  We had a great discussion where they shared that they can pray, be kind, make sacrifices, share, care, and be a good friend, In math, students continued to learn different strategies to subtract like counting back, using a number line (they made their own), and using doubles.  In science, they experimented with sound vibrations by making “guitars” with cups and rubber bands. They watched how loud sounds made the glitter jump from the bowl wrapped in plastic. Next the first graders will experiment how light helps us see in the dark.

 

100th Day of School:

Please bring your 100-word poster and 100 word grd project to school on the 19th.

 

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 encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible because of the multiple allergies in our class. We will have a popcorn party on February 13 at 2:15. Please let me know if you can bring Skinny Pop bags of popcorn for this day.  Thank you!

 

Lost and Found

We are working with the first and second grade students to take care of the hallway.  If a teacher finds a coat, backpack, or lunch bag on floor, it goes into the tub by my door.  The first time they can get it back for free.  The second offense they can get it back but they need to wash the kindergarten tables for one day at lunch.  If your child is missing a coat, I have a lot in the tub.  Please come and check it out.

 

Did you Know…

Kids at this age love to color, paint, read, and write; experience an artistic explosion; learn the most when teacher value their efforts and encourage risk-taking

 

Questions to Ask

– How do you find 18-4 using a number line?

-Explain how you made your “guitar” with a cup and rubber bands.

-How will you be loving this month?

 

Special Notes

– Owen is Star Dolphin for the week of February 10.

– Dress Uniform for St. Valentine’s Mass this Wednesday, 2/12

– St. Valentine’s Day will be celebrated this Thursday, 2/13

-Pajama Day will be Thursday, 2/13

– No school Friday, 2/14 – Tuesday, 2/18 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

NGSS

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