Week of October 25
Wednesday 10/27 – Chapel- parents are welcome to attend but mask required
Monday- Handwriting Test, Language Test
Tuesday- Reading Comprehension, Science Test
Wednesday-Math Tests (written and oral)
Math Speed Drills
Thursday- Phonics- written and oral
Friday- Bible Story Test
Bible Memory Verse Test
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– counting pennies and nickels; count by 10s; fill in before and after numbers by 10s, addition and subtraction facts Families 1-7; story problems with addition or subtraction; count by ones, fives and tens; oral-answer 5 addition problems, 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), write words with special sounds and spelling words; and oral test -practice reading one-syllable words with one or two vowels, and words with special sounds from Chart 6,7,8.
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: cuff, puff, stuff, sniff, cross, bless, will, well, bell, doll, you, of
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.
Bible: Bible verse: Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them from all their troubles.”
Bible story for this week is Jacob and Esau part B: Jacob steals the blessing (Gen 27:1-40) and Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 27:41- 28:22) I will try to upload a review guide with important things to know.
Language: We will have a test on Article Adjectives: A, An, The. We classify them with a capital A. We are classifying sentences with Article Adjective(A)- Adjective (Adj) -Subject Noun (SN)—Verb (V)—Adverb (Adv). Use worksheets to review.
We classify sentences in the same order EVERY time: 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.
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: Use bird booklet to review for Test on Tuesday
Accelerated Reading – We will start Accelerated Reading (AR) this week. 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 will not receive a grade for AR this 9-weeks, but AR generates reading excitement and greatly increases reading and comprehension progress. 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. After this 9-week period, I will assign a point goal for each student. Students will need to reach their point goal and have an accuracy percentage of 90% or above to get an A in AR. The AR grade is averaged into the reading grade. 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. You will know the scores your child is getting on the AR quizzes. Let me know if you have trouble signing up for Home Connect. Also, I will put their results from their Star Reading Test in their blue folders this week. This test gives the book level range that your child should be choosing books to read from.