Friday, September 7, 2018
Today, your children received the first workbook of the school year. You will find the ELA workbook in your child’s backpack. Will you kindly cover the workbook with clear contact paper which can be found at Raindew. Kindly return the ELA notebook with your child on Monday, September 10, 2018.
Your children wrote this information down in the notebook which they will be using for homework. They did a wonderful job copying the information from the blackboard.
Next week they will be receiving additional workbooks. Please cover them and return them the next day as we will begin to use them.
Thank you for entrusting your precious children into my care. They are so joyful and sweet.
I feel blessed that I have this opportunity to be with them.
It was wondering meeting you during these three days.
First grade has been busy learning about how to make graphs and charts in math to show information. They have been working with tally marks with their classmates to show information about a topic. In ELA first graders have been writing their opinions about their favorite seasons and giving reasons to support their opinion. We have also begun to talk about the different sacraments in Religion. First graders continue to work hard in Science and Social Studies by learning about weather, the water cycle and how to earn and save money.
First Grade Scientists
First grade has been hard at work in writing. They have been practicing writing informational pieces in which they tell their readers facts or how to do something in real life. They have been working very hard in math as they practice showing numbers in more complex ways such as tens and ones, using different manipulatives to help them. In science, we have begun learning about states and properties (solids, liquids and gases). They can’t wait to get in to the makerspace to show these properties using everyday real objects!
First grade has been very busy this September! Our class has been learning all about addition in math and we are beginning our narrative writing unit, in which students write to tell a story. First graders are becoming great readers as they read to partners or a small group. First grade is also continuing to practice their prayers and we are learning all about creation. We look forward to learning more about animals in science and to start conducting experiments!
First grade has been very busy this spring! We recently took a trip to the movie theater where we saw “Born in China” for Earth Day. The first graders loved the movie and getting comfy in the big movie theater chairs!
First grade has begun a unit in math all about collecting and representing data. Students work in groups to analyze different types of data. They love seeing who gets the most and what is the most liked when they make their graphs. The class has also begun narrative writing in which they write a story about themselves or made up characters — they love creating these stories and sharing them with their classmates!
Fabulous First Grade!
First grade has been very busy! The students are learning how to make inferences and predictions when they read a story in ELA. They are getting used to using these strategies to help them understand what they are reading. First graders work together in groups to collaborate and share their predictions with peers. In Science, first grade just began learning about properties of matter. They have learned that matter is all around us and can come as a solid, liquid and gas. They are excited to get in the school’s Makerspace to start working with solids, liquids and gases!
Throughout the month of September, first grade has been learning a lot of new and exciting things! The first graders have been transitioning very nicely from kindergartners to first graders. We have been learning a lot in math since the start of school. We have been practicing addition concepts and learning different strategies to add numbers together. Students love using manipluatives, such as counters and connecting cubes to show their math problems. First grade has also been learning how to be bucket fillers — which means being kind to one another, in school, at home and in our community. It has been an exciting and busy month for first grade!
The first grade students are enjoying spring and celebrating the new life it brings. They planted seeds and are anxiously watching their plants grow. The children are recording their plants’ weekly growth on a chart by measuring the height of their plants and then illustrating them. The plants are being grown in the Makerspace.
The children are learning about the seven sacraments and that God shares His life and love with us. They are focusing on Baptism, and have created their own Baptism booklets. The students have learned more about their own Baptism and the new life they received from God.
The first grade students of St. Mel’s Catholic Academy are learning that Jesus teaches us how to treat everyone with kindness and respect. They shared the many ways they can be kind to one another and their families by creating a classroom chain of kindness. The children have also made holiday cards for the Citymeals-on-Wheels program. Their cards are delivered with a holiday meal to homebound seniors.
The first graders are continuing to develop their Reading, Writing and Math skills. They are learning to use Science tools to observe living and nonliving things. They are also focusing on safety at school and at home by creating a rules poster. The students are excited about celebrating Catholic Schools Week and participating in an author study of Dr. Seuss.