Mrs. Giangreco's First Grade
First Grade News
Reading/Phonics: We will finish up the alphabet this week. We will begin working with the short vowel sounds. I have noticed several first graders do not know the difference between our vowels and consonants! Yikes! We will do a few more reviews this week. This is such an important concept. Please keep practicing at home. We will begin our review of the letter sounds this week. We will discuss the letters Mm and Ss. We will continue reading some poems out loud and read our first folktale. We will begin to discuss a few of the story elements: characters and setting. Look for a few more little books coming home this week. Please have your child read them 3 times then sign and return them the next day.
Writing Workshop: We will begin the first few steps of the writing process. We will learn how to organize our thoughts by using some key words in our sentences. (First, next, then and last) They will begin their own stories of how to make their favorite foods.
Religion: This week we will discuss how much God loves us and what he did for us. We will read the story of Creation and discuss all the creatures God gave us. We will decorate our worship wall with pictures.
Math: We will begin our first story problems this week. We will work on following the steps for using a number sentence to help us solve the problems. We also begin to discover was to make the sums of 4/5, 6/7 and 8!
Social Studies: We will move on to our next unit about school. We will compare and contrast schools from all over the USA. We will meet the workers in our school and draw a map of our school.
There was some confusion about where spelling words are located. They are in the student’s FROG. They should be in the sheet protector located on the first page! We have short a words this week. Practice with the word families this week at home.
Important: Please work on spelling at home and read, read, rea d! This newsletter can also be found on my website! Spelling test will be Thursday. Keep practicing!
We are upgrading our report cards this year. We will change to a number scale for assessment purposes. I found this wonderful Marzano Scale that will help us as we transition to the new assessments. Please let me know if you have any questions but I will be sending more in-depth information home as we get closer to grade card and parent teacher conferences. Please keep in mind that our goal for almost all learning is a 3!
We want our children to move towards knowing the information and skills and be able to say "I GOT IT"! If your child is not understanding a skill, or they are on their way to "satisfactory", they will move from a 1 to a 2 and then hopefully on to a 3.
This is a very exciting change and I look forward to watching your children grow and change as we learn this year.
Marzano's scale taken from: Alma Almazan's web page