Week of January 31
Just a reminder that according to the handbook uniform policy, students should wear solid black or white athletic shoes, please.
Monday- Handwriting Test
Tuesday- Reading Comprehension
Wednesday- Math Test
Math Speed Drills
Thursday- Phonics- written and oral
Friday- Bible Story and Memory Verse Tests
Accelerated Reading: This 9-weeks, students will receive a reading grade for AR. Students will need to reach their point goal of 6 points and have an accuracy percentage of 90% or above to get an A in AR. Part of the grade will be based on students reaching the point goal and part on accuracy percentage. The AR grade is averaged into the reading grade. We have D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time every day after lunch, and we have our own set of I-pads in class for students to take AR quizzes on books they read. Students read a book and take a short reading comprehension quiz on the I-pad. First Grade books are short, so they must get 100% on 2 quizzes to earn a whole point. Look on the FBCS webpage under library, click on the AR Home Connect Link, and sign up so that you can receive an email every time your child takes an AR quiz. Your child’s username is the first letter of his/her first name and the first four letters of his/her last name. The password is abc.
Homework (material to review and practice for tests)
Seatwork- Each week, I will send home any unfinished worksheets that students have not finished in class for homework. If your child has a lot of pages, I encourage them to do only a page or two a night. Please use these pages to review and practice the concepts we are learning. Also, I will send home checked seatwork to use to review.
Math– written-telling time to quarter past and quarter till, count by 2s, identify temperature, adding 2 digit numbers, identify measures such as 1 pound=16 ounces, 1 yard=36 inches or 3 feet, 1 foot=12 inches; addition and subtraction facts Families 1-10; story problems with addition or subtraction; and Speed Drill – students have 1and half minutes to complete 12 addition and subtraction problems (4 sets of these)
PHONICS: For written test– write letter sounds, write special sounds in words (study Chart 6, 7,8,9), write words with special sounds and spelling words, identify and circle special sounds in words; and oral test -practice reading one-syllable words with one or two vowels, and words with special sounds from Chart 6,7,8,9,10.
The Handbook for Reading (apple book) is your “Phonics Bible”. Have your child read letter sounds, blends with long and short vowel sounds, and words to you. You could also dictate sounds, blends, and clue words for special sounds to your child for him/her to write. Your child should be memorizing the special sounds and clue words for Charts 6 and 7. We learn these so that students can use this when sounding out new words. They should read each special sound and clue word and then spell them (example: “ck in duck, c – k”). You could make a matching game with the clue words on one type of card and the special sounds on another, mix them up, and have your child match the clue word with the special sound. Note: blends should be read as one sound, not sounding out each letter (example: “la”, not “l – a”).
Spelling: For homework, I sent home a Spelling Bee sheet. Students need to write their words 3 times by Thursday and return in their red folder on Thursday for extra points. Each day students should study their words.
For the test this week, study these words: List 17 – pink, drink, think, honk, sung, sang, king, string, thing, trunk, thank, bank, strong, where, I’m
Bible: Bible verse: Matthew 18:4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child–this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Bible stories for this week are Jesus heals the paralyzed man (Mark 2:1-12), and Jesus heals man at Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
HANDWRITING: As a motivation to write neatly on handwriting tests, I am allowing any student who earns an A on the handwriting does not have to do one seatwork page for handwriting.
If your child is not getting A’s on the Writing tests, he/she should practice writing at home using lined paper that we use at school (with dotted lines in the middle). You could have your child write the spelling words, his/her name (which is also graded on the writing tests). Using the Manuscript Guide (copy in your Orientation packet), have your child practice writing the alphabet and numbers, and words. Make sure that they are holding their pencils correctly.
Language: This week we will continue Chapter 9- learning to identify Prepositions and Object of Prepositions. Quiz will be labeling sentences with prepositions and object of prepositions
We classify sentences in the same way EVERY time by asking these questions: First, find the Subject noun (which answers the question What or Who); then Verb (Action – what did the subject DO?); then Adverb (which answers questions How? When? Where?) and Adjective (which answers what kind? Which one? How many?). There are no questions to find the Article Adjectives, we just know that we must look for A, An, The. To find the Preposition, look for a word that connects 2 words in the sentence and ask Whom or What after the Prep and if the answer is a noun, then it is the Preposition. To find the Object of the Preposition, ask Who or What after the preposition and the noun that answers is the object of the preposition.
Reading: Comprehension Test will include a short story and questions about the story. Please read the assigned pages each day from the reading calendar and initial the date on the calendar after reading. The reading calendar can be folded and kept in the reader or in the red folder.
Science We will finish Ch. 6 on machines on Monday and will have a test on Wednesday. Ch 6 packet will be sent home on Monday that students may use to review.