November 26, 2018

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK

RELIGION – This week we learned how Jesus started the church and he wants us to be a good example of a Christian. The children heard and discussed the story of Bartholomew. We also discussed being thankful for all that we have. The children remembered to be thankful for Jesus as well.

VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: Courtesy – being thoughtful of others

SAINT OF THE MONTH: Saint Martin de Porres

MATH –We identified, classified, and described plane shapes. Vocabulary this week included: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, side, corner, sort, color, alike, different, shape, and size.

LANGUAGE ARTS – In Unit 4, Lesson 1 we isolated sounds in words and generated words that contain the sound of er, spelled er, ir, ur and ear. We also learned to blend, spell and read words that contain the sound of ng, spelled ng. Our Read Aloud stories this week were Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and Me and My Shadow by Amy Too. Reading skills that we worked on included: visualizing and summarizing. We learned that an exclamatory sentence tells about a person who is surprised or shows excitement. This kind of sentence ends with an exclamation point. We read decodable books 49-53 and they went home on Friday. I hope they continue to read them to you at home!

SCIENCE – We began Chapter 3: All About Animals. We talked about all kinds of animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects). We learned about what animals need to live (shelter, gills, lungs). We learned how animals eat food (herbivore or carnivore). We learned how animals grow and change (hatch, tadpole).

THANKSGIVING – We enjoyed many Thanksgiving crafts this week. The children also reviewed the basic story of Thanksgiving and what it would have been like to be a passenger on the Mayflower.

OTHER NEWS and NOTES

POLAR EXPRESS DAY:  We will be celebrating Polar Express Day on December 21.  The school calendar says we will be dismissing at 10:30 that day.  This has been changed to fit in all the fun activities.  Our dismissal on this day is now 12:00.  If your child won’t attend that day or will need to leave early, please let me know.  Thanks!

 SPELLING WORDS: For this week’s spelling words, please go to https://www.spellingcity.com/users/STM1stgrade.

I hope your child is enjoying this site while learning their spelling words at the same time!