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1st August 27 2017


We had a successful first full week of school! It has been wonderful getting to know your children.  This quarter your child will learn what seating style works best for them and how to become an independent, responsible member of our classroom, school and society. 

1st May 21 2017

Last Week of School

It has been a blessing this year to work with you and your child.  Please continue to work with your child over the summer.  I hope that you all have a safe and fun summer.

This week we will reflect on our year and all that we have learned.

Friday is an 11am dismissal.

1st May 14 2017

Week of May 15th

Field Day is May 19th. This is a noon dismissal.

Reading: We will finish reading Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!).

Phonics: We will review diphthongs, trigraphs, and final stables.

Writing and Grammar: We will write a character poem and students will write a narrative. We will identify and use quotation marks when writing.

Math: Students will combine two or more three-dimensional shapes to create a composite shape.  We will take our Ch. 10 test on Wednesday. 

Religion: We will say the Rosary with the Mysteries.

Science: Students will sort, compare and contrast insects and spiders.  We will have our Entomology test on Wednesday.

Sight Words: across, large, near, different, always, toward

There are no more spelling tests.


Monday: Phonics 136, Math

Tuesday: Study for Science Test

Wednesday: Phonics 137


1st May 07 2017

Week of May 8th

Field Day is May 19th.  This is a noon dismissal.

Reading: We will read Junie B. First Grader (as last!).  Students will use context clues to determine the main characters feelings.  We will identify the story elements of characters, setting, problem and solution.

Phonics: We will review digraphs, combinations, suffix, and prefix.

Writing and Grammar: We will write a quatrain poem and an autobiography poem.  Students will identify and write similes.

Math: Students will look at attributes to identify cubes, rectangular prisms, cylinders, and cones.  We will use patterns to solve problems.

Religion: Father Blessing will be visiting on Monday to say the Rosary with us.  We will explore the luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries of the Rosary.  We will create a decade Rosary.

Science: Students will identify the life cycle of the ladybug.  We will describe the characteristics and life cycle of grasshoppers and spiders.  We will identify and describe the parts of an insects body.   

Sight Words: party, please, above, bear, even, beautiful

Spelling Words                                     Sentence Dictation

before    seven                        The wind made the trees sway.

large       write                          A bad storm came upon the fishermen.

know       hopped                     Rafts were needed to rescue them.

hoped      trading

chipped    playground

again        country


Monday: Phonics 131, Math715-716

Tuesday: Phonics 132

Wednesday: Phonics 133, Math 721-722

Thursday: Phonics 134



1st April 29 2017

Week of May 1st

May Crowning is May 3rd.

Spirit Day and noon dismissal on May 5th.

Reading: We will read Whistle for Willie.  Students will ask and answer questions.  We will identify the relationship between cause and effect.  Students will identify the setting, problem, and solution.

Phonics: Students will code, read, and spelling using suffix -er, -est, and -ful.  We will also code, read, and spell using prefix un-, pre- and dis-.

Writing and Grammar: Students will write the final copy of their letter.  We will write a cinquain and quatrain poem.  We will create contraction caterpillars.  We will use contractions in our writing.

Math: Students will read and write time to the hour and half hour on an analog and digital clock.  We will complete the Ch. 8 test on Wednesday.  We will review two-dimensional shapes.

Religion: We will review Ch. 12 and take our test on Tuesday.  We will start our study of the Rosary this week.k

Science: We will identify the characteristics and life cycle of butterflies and moths.   Students will create a model of a butterfly's life cycle.  We will identify the characteristics of lady bugs.

Sight Words: myself, city, family, warms, buy, listen

Spelling Words                             Sentence Dictation

pages       hold                     Can we swim in the lake at the park?

kind          draw                     We should invite Beth to come along.

about       over

yellow       foundation

mention    fantastic

tody          once


Monday:  Study for Ch. 12 Religion Test

Tuesday: Phonics 127

Wednesday: Phonics 128

Thursday: Phonics 129,

1st April 21 2017

Week of April 24th

Flat Stanley Projects are due on Tuesday.

Reading: We will read Amazing Animals. We will use text evidence and prior knowledge to draw conclusions.  We will analyze the text.

Phonics: We will code, read, and spell using digraph ei (veil, receipt) and ew (cashew).  Students will practice spelling words using their rule book.

Writing and Grammar: Students will identify the parts of a letter.  We will write a draft for a friendly letter.  Students will revise and edit their drafts.  Students will be given objects and they will have to create a list of adjectives describing the object.  Students will sort words as nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  We will write sentences using adjectives to help bring our writing to life.

Math: Students will read and write time to the hour and half hour on an analog and digital clock. 

Religion: We will discuss the different ways that we can pray.  We will describe the ways and places that Jesus prayed.  We will learn the 4 steps to praying using a Gospel story. The Ch. 12 review will go home on Friday. 

Science:  We will identify the function of the brain and discuss how nerves work.  We will also identify ways to keep our bodies healthy.  We will have our Anatomy test on Thursday.  The booklet and review pages will go home on Monday to study. 

Sight Words: often, enough, rough, tough, through, idea

Spelling Words:                          Sentence Dictation:

old      find                   The kind old man told me some tales.

taking   fault                  The little lost kitten was both blind and cold.

saw      plastic

now      shouted

joining   starvation

word     four


Monday: Phonics 123, Math 593-594

Tuesday: Math 599-600

Wednesday: Study for Anatomy Test

Thursday: Phonics 124, Math 611-612


1st April 08 2017

Week of April 10th

Field Trip: We will be attending our field trip on Tuesday. Thank you for all who have agreed to attend with us.  Your help and support is greatly appreciated and we can't wait to attend with you. Please arrive no at school no later than 8:15am.  Students will need to wear a St. Paul t-shirt, jeans, and tennis.  Please pack a lunch. We will be eating at school, but it will be later than our normal lunch time.

Flat Stanley project is due April 25th.

Reading: Students will come up with solutions to solve a character's problem in a story.  Students will describe a character by his/her words and actions.

Phonics: Students will code, read, and spell using combination wh (whale) and vowel a that makes the short o sound (wallet).

Writing: Students will revise and edit their animal research paper.  They will write a clean copy and type their final draft.

Math: We will measure the length of objects using non-standard units.  We will use guess, check, and revise to problem solve.

Religion: We will attend Stations of the Cross on Monday.  We will create an Easter Wreath to tell about Jesus' journey.

Science: We will identify the function and parts of the respiratory system and circulatory system.

No sight words or spelling test this week.


Monday: Phonics 121, Math 579-580


Wednesday: Phonics 122, Math 585-586

1st April 01 2017

Week of April 3rd

Important Notes:

- Sign and return report cards

- Field trip forms due Tuesday

-Flat Stanley project due April 25th.

Reading: We will read The Garden.  Students will identify the story elements of characters, setting, and plot.  Students will evaluate the text using evidence from the story.  Students will describe which character they are more alike and give support.

Phonics: We will practice spelling words using dge, ge, ch, tch, and j.  Students will use their spelling rule book to determine the correct spelling of a word.  We will read, code, and spell using digraph ie.

Writing and Grammar: Students will gather information on sharks or penguins to write a research paper.  We will sort verbs as past, present, or future and identify irregular verbs.

Math: We will have our ch. 7 test on Tuesday.  We will compare and order the lengths of objects using cubes. 

Religion: We will have Stations of the Cross on Monday and Adoration on Thursday.  Students will understand that Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week.  We will learn about how we celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Science: Identify the function of the skeletal system, bones, joints, muscles, and skin.  We will examine our fingerprints.

Sight Words: begins, almost, covers, kinds, ready, soil

Spelling Words                          Sentence Dictation

how       round                 Braden found four spiders in the dark corner of the barn.

blue       dishes               The soil there was moist and cool.

argue     diver

enjoy      overpay

afternoon  vacation

early       learn


Monday: reading passage

Tuesday: Math facts

Wednesday: Phonics 118

Thursday: Phonics 119, math 563-568



1st March 25 2017

Week of March 27

Important News

1. Our Zoology test will be on Tuesday.  Study the science review pages coming home in the Wednesday folder, today.
2. Look at your child's report card, sign and return.
3. Field Trip forms are due April 4th.  If you would like to attend with your child please mark it on the form.  Make sure that you have taken Protecting God's Children and have a background check on file in the Parish Center.
4. Grandparents' Day: NO BOOK BAGS. Your child needs to be in the back of church at 7:35am.  Please drop them off at church or have their grandparent.  We have the first 5 pews reserved on the right side (Joseph side) of church.  It is imperative that their grandparent(s) sits in this reserved section.  Siblings are welcome to sit here as well.  Please let me know either by note or email who your child will be going home with on this day.  That way we get him/her to the appropriate place.  
Reading: We will finish reading Flat Stanley.  Students will identify the problem/solution, and analyze the lesson the characters learned.  We will write a review for the book.
Phonics: We will code, read, and spell using trigraph tch(patch) and dge(bridge).
Writing and Grammar: We will create a video for Grandparents' Day.  Students will identify and use proper nouns when writing.
Math: Students will make and read picture graphs.  We will analyze and interpret the data gathered in different graphs.  We will use data to make and read a bar graph.
Religion: We will practice for Grandparents' Day Mass.
Science: We will start our unit on Anatomy.  Students will identify parts of the human body and their functions.
Sight Words: baby, began, along, house, nothing, minute
There is no spelling test this week.
Monday: Study for Zoology test
Tuesday: Phonics116, math 531-532
Wednesday: phonics 117, math 539-540
Thursday: none
1st March 16 2017

Week of March 21st

Important Information

- Donuts with Dad March 22nd.  Drop bookbags off in the classroom before Mass.  Any students whose father cannot attend will come to the classroom and then I will take them to Mass.

- Grandparent's Day Mass March 31st.  First grade is in charge of this Mass.  Every child will have a role.  The first 5 pews on the right side of church will be reserved for 1st grade Grandparent's and all their grandkids.  It is important that they sit here.

- Field Trip permission slip due April 4th.


Reading: We will start reading Flat Stanley.  We will ask and answer comprehension questions.  Students will discuss the relationship between Stanley and his brother.  We will make inferences.  The Flat Stanley packet will come home no later than March 30th.  Please discuss with your child who Stanley is going to visit.

Phonics: Students will practice spelling with the doubling rule and dropping rule.  We will code words with the vcv pattern.

Writing and Grammar: We will use the information we gathered about rabbits to write an outline of our research paper.  Students will choose to create a poster, Google Slide, or write a paper to share their research.  Students will identify and use proper nouns when writing.

Math: We will read and create tally and picture graphs.

Religion: We will practice for our upcoming Masses.

Science: We will identify what animals need to live.  We will classify them as herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.  We will identify how animals adapt to seasonal changes.  We will describes the characteristics of mammals.

Sight Words: change, strange, danger, stranger, second

Spelling Words                 Sentence Dictation

by      say            Please eat after you clean your jeans.

for     even          The meat and beans are getting cool.

point   nation

portion  sliding

only     answer




Tuesday: Phonics 113,

Wednesday: Phonics 114, math 513-514

Thursday: Math 518-519