Week of March 14


Wednesday – Chapel

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Kids’ Club – We have to cancel Kids’ Club this month because it conflicts with the Elementary Track Meet.

March 23- our class will be leading Chapel. We will be telling the Bible story Jesus calms the storm. I have sent home the script with your child’s part highlighted. Please help your child learn his or her lines.  

Test Schedule:

Monday- Handwriting Test

Tuesday- Reading Comprehension

Wednesday- Math Test

Math Speed Drills

Thursday- Phonics- written and oral


Friday- Language Quiz


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 quizYour 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.

Mathwritten-subtracting and adding 2-digit numbers, adding 3 numbers, fractions, identifying greatest and least of 3 numbers, telling time; addition and subtraction facts Families 1-11; 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, 7,8,9,10), 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 6,7,8,9,10,11.

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 22- happy, pretty, penny, puppy, lady, baby, tiny, little, puddle, saddle, bottle, middle, Bible, your, here

Because we will be practicing for our Chapel this week, we will not have a Bible verse or story test this week. Please help your child learn his or her lines at home.

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:  we will continue Chapter 11 this week- matching subject part to a predicate part to make a complete sentence.

We classify sentences in the same way EVERY time by asking these questions: First, find the Subject noun SN (which answers the question What or Who); then Verb V (Action – what did the subject DO?); then Adverb Adv (which answers questions How? When? Where?) and Adjective Adj (which answers what kind? Which one? How many?). There are no questions to find the Article Adjectives (A), we just know that we must look for A, An, The. To find the Preposition (P), 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 (OP), ask Who or What after the preposition and the noun that answers is the object of the preposition. Then we underline the complete subject once and complete predicate twice. Complete subject is the SN and everything that tells about the SN. Complete predicate is the V and all the words that tell about the V.

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 be learning about Chapter 7: Seasons and matter

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