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Look what this pair found! Out of 100, we found all but nine Skittles in the grass this morning. We graphed each color found. Purple was the most difficult to find.

Week of May 29-June 5

Week of May 29-June 5:


  • Reading Story: “Hi! Fly Guy”
  • Strategy and Skills: Understanding characters
  • Grammar: Adverbs
  • Phonics: suffixes -ful, -ly,-y
  • Writing- First Grade memory page, letter to Kinders



  • Practicing 2-digit addition
  • 2-digit addition with unknown partners
  • Unknown partners of a dollar
  • Making change for a dollar
  • Chapter test

Religion-  An introduction to the Seven Sacraments.  They are signs and celebrations that Jesus gave his Church.  The Sacraments allow us to share in the life and work of God.

Science-   Animal Group Test – Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish. Students will be able to use their study guide.

Social Studies- Students will explore how goods and services get to us.  We will look at producers, sellers and buyers.

Important Information:

**The children will be presenting the Power Point presentations that they made in computer on Wednesday.  If you would like to see it at home, your child may bring a flash drive.  Please label them in a plastic bag, so we can keep track of them.

Monday, May 28   Memorial Day-No School

Tuesday, June 5-Last day of school

Week of May 21st

The Week of May 21st, 2018


  • Reading Story- The Dot & Artists Create Art!
  • Strategy & Skill Focus and Details- Compare and Contrast, figurative language (idioms)
  • Grammar-Exclamations
  • Phonics- Base Words with -ed & -ing endings, long /e/ spelled with y and ie
  • Writing – Writing opinion sentences



  • Explore 2-digit addition using sticks (tens) and circles (ones) proof drawings
  • Explore 2-digit addition, with proof drawings, when regrouping is needed
  • Practice 2-digit addition with a partner and find errors when needed
  • Draw sticks (tens) and circles (ones) to represent 2-digit numbers
  • Practice Story problems involving 2-digit addition
  • Find the total of coin combinations with 2-digit values
  • Find unknown partners with 2-digit addition

Religion- Students will learn about Jesus as our Savior. We will read and discuss Adam and Eve’s choice to bring sin into the world. Even though we sin, God continues to love us.

Science-  Next week we will look at the basic characteristics of the amphibians and reptile animal groups. These two groups are confusing to first grade students. Basically, amphibians are frogs, toads and salamanders. We will use our comparing and contrasting skills with these two groups.

Social Studies We are continuing to look at why we have money.  An introduction to producers, sellers and buyers will be worked on this week.


* Friday, May 18th, Mrs. LaBounty’s class will lead the Mass.

 *Tuesday, May 22nd, Spirit Wear Day

*Thursday, May 24th, Band Concert during the day and at 7pm in the evening.

*Friday, May 25th, New Kinder Mass and Welcome Visit

*Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day, No school


Week of May 14-18

Week of May 14-18:


  • We have finished our fifth reading book, so this week will be Benchmark tests in comprehension, phonics, revising and editing and writing
  • Writing – narrative writing using sequence


  • Finding equivalent values of coins
  • Adding multi-digit money amounts
  • Introduce two-digit addition with re-grouping
  • Addition of tens and ones

Religion-  We will continue working on the concept of forgiveness that we started this week.

Science-   We will learn basic characteristics of birds, reptiles and amphibians. This will be done by reading books, looking at short video clips, sorting animal cards and through discussion.

Social Studies- Students will learn why we need money and how bartering can be used to pay for goods and services.


Important Dates to Remember:

Spring Concert-Tonight at 7:00-children need to be in the classroom at 6:45

Senior Saints Day (Grandparent’s Day)- Friday, May 11

Mrs. Mundy’s Class Mass-Friday, May 11

Culver’s Day, Caps for Community and No Uniform-Tuesday, May 15

Mrs. LaBounty’s Class Mass-Friday, May 18

**Please look around your house to see if you have any of the books that we’ve sent home this year to read.  We are missing some and it costs $6.00 a piece to replace them.  Thank you

Blog for Week of May 7th

The Week of May 7th, 2018


  • Reading Story- The New Friend and Symbols of our Country
  • Strategy & Skill Focus and Details- Understanding Characters and a Narrator, Summarizing
  • Grammar- Contractions
  • Phonics- Vowel digraph - /ou/ and /ow/ as in ouch and cow
  • Writing – Writing compound sentences, narrative about a garden



  • Unit 7 Review (we need more time)
  • Unit 7 Test - Tuesday
  • Review nickels, dimes and pennies
  • Show different, but equivalent, coin combinations
  • Draw sticks (tens) and circles (ones) to represent 2-digit numbers
  • Solve story problems by converting coins to cents
  • Use grouping to make new tens and find the total of mixed coin amounts

Religion- Making Choices – Students will continue with this chapter. We will define Free Will: the ability to choose whether to obey God or disobey God. We will look at consequences (good/bad) as a significant part of a decision-making process. This will be reinforced by the Ten Commandments.

Science-  Next week we will look at the basic characteristics of the mammal, bird, and reptile animal groups. We will read books, look at short videos and work with our animal cards to learn these characteristics.

Social Studies We are continuing to look at good and services.  We will be finding examples of them in magazines to put into our social studies notebook.


 *Tuesday, May 8th, May birthday celebration

*Wednesday, May 9th, both first grade classes will go to the Book Fair to browse or buy books. We will go at 1:30. If you send money, please put it in an envelope with your child’s name on it. 

*Thursday, May 10th, Spring Concert, 7 pm J

*If a “Senior Saint” (grandparent) is unable to come on Friday, please let us know and we will match your student up with a friend’s grandparent.

*Friday, May 11th, Senior Saints Day. Mrs. Mundy’s class will lead the Mass. Students will be with their Senior Saint for the morning. Watch for news from Mrs. Margarit.

*Next Friday, May 18th, Mrs. LaBounty’s class will lead the Mass.


Week of April 30-May 4

Week of April 30-May 4:


  • Reading Story- “A Tree is a Plant” and “Grow, Apples Grow”
  • Skill- sequence of events
  • Grammar- Indefinite pronouns that stand for people and things not named (ex, anyone, something)
  • Phonics-oo, ou and ew sounds like moon
  • Writing- Narrative writing about a magic seed
  • High Frequency Words- ready, country, soil, kinds, earth, almost, covers, warms


  • Time to the half hour
  • Graphing events with time
  • Calendars and knowing the months of the year
  • Review and unit 7 test


Religion-  The Ten Commandments are God’s laws to help us love Him and others.  God gives people the freedom to make choices

Science-   We will begin our animal unit by looking at and reading about mammals. We will list basic characteristics of mammals and identify mammals from animal cards.

Social Studies- Students will be finishing their end of unit project-a community map and beginning our next unit on economics.


Upcoming events to mark on your calendar:

Spring Concert-Thursday, May 10

Senior Saints Day (Grandparent’s Day)- Friday, May 11

Mrs. Mundy’s Class Mass-Friday, May 11

Mrs. LaBounty’s Class Mass-Friday, May 18

Week of April 23rd

The Week of April 23rd, 2018


  • Reading Story- Whistle for Willie & Pet Poems
  • Strategy & Skill Focus and Details- Cause and Effect, figurative language
  • Grammar- Possessive pronouns
  • Phonics- Vowel digraph - /oo/ as in book
  • Writing – Narrative writing – story summary and writing pet riddles



  • Introduction to circle graphs
  • Know terms: twice, half, and fourth
  • Make a circle graph showing halves and fourths of a dollar
  • Compare circle graphs
  • Convert information from a circle graph to a table or picture graph
  • Conduct a probability experiment and graph results
  • Review time to the hour and introduce time to the half hour.

Religion- Disciples Serve – Jesus’ words and actions teach us that we are to love and serve God and others. Students will learn that a disciple is a follower of Jesus who believes in him and lives by his teaching. Students will review some ways to follow Jesus by serving others.

Science-  On Monday students will choose a rock (provided) and write down it’s characteristics (texture, color, luster and length).  We will conclude our rock unit this Tuesday by having a rock share class. See the note below.

Social Studies The students will finish labeling how our location affects the way we live.  We will wrap up our geography unit by making a community map.


 *Tuesday, April 24th, Spirit Day

*Tuesday, April 24th, “Share a Favorite Rock”--bring in a rock or something made of rock to share for science

Week of April 16-20

Week of April 16-20:


  • Reading Story- “Amazing Animals” and “The Ugly Duckling”
  • Skill- conclusions, using context to figure out words
  • Grammar- Pronouns I and Me
  • Phonics-er, ir and ur sounds
  • Writing- Narrative writing on an animal from the story
  • High Frequency Words- baby, begins, eight, follow, learning, until, years, young


  • Fractions ½ and ¼
  • Halves and fourths of a dollar
  • Introduction to circle graphs and probability


Religion-  Saints are heroes of the Church who can show us how to live.  We are called to live holy lives, as Mary and the Saints did.

Science-   We will conclude are rock unit by sorting by the color, size, sheen and texture. Students will also examine rocks and choose one to describe.

Social Studies- We are coming back to reading Me on the Map and doing a project to show the different communities we belong to on the planet.  We were going to do this on the week we had the snow day. 😊

Important Dates:

Tuesday, April 17-Out of Uniform Day, Culvers and Caps for Community

Saturday, April 21-Spring Gala

Mrs. LaBounty will be at an accreditation in Bloomington.  She will be gone April 13, and 16-18.  If you need to get a message to the substitute teacher, please send a note. 


Blog for Week of April 9th

The Week of April 9th, 2018


  • Reading Story- Frog and Toad Together & Garden Good Guys
  • Strategy & Skill Focus and Details- Story structure – Setting, characters, problem, beginning, middle and end
  • Grammar- Subject pronouns
  • Phonics- r-controlled vowels /ar/, /or & ore/, phonograms -ar, -ore
  • Writing – Narrative writing with dialogue



  • Know doubles of 1-digit numbers
  • Solve story problems involving doubles
  • Learn the doubles plus one strategy (if 6+6=12, then 6+7=13)
  • Find half of a set
  • Solve story problems involving halves
  • Apply the concept of half to the area of a shaper
  • Discover the concept of symmetry

Religion- Students will focus on The Church’s Guide. The Holy Spirit is given to us to guide us, and he lives within us.

Science-  Students will be introduced to rocks through books, discussion, short video clips etc. We will sort by size, color, texture, sheen.

Social Studies We will look at how the location of where you live affects your needs.


 *Tuesday, April 10th, April Birthday Treats

*Friday, April 13th, PTO Movie Night, 6 PM-8:30 PM -Wonder

Blog for the week of April 3-6

Week of April 3-6:


  • We will be giving our benchmark test since we are at the end of Unit 4.
  • Writing- Students will think about a problem they have had and how they solved it.


  • Review of unit 6 and test
  • Introduction to doubles
  • Problem solving with doubles
  • If your child doesn’t know the doubles answers, this is good to practice for homework because it helps with understanding of other math concepts.


Religion-  We will celebrate the Easter season by bringing back the Alleluia by uncovering our Easter banners.  We will do some Easter activities that celebrate the joy of the Easter season.

Science-   Students completed their study of soil. I will introduce rocks. We will start by sorting different rocks – size, shape, color, sheen and texture this week.

Social Studies- The book Me on the Map will be read and we will do an activity to show the different parts of our world.

Important Dates:

Friday, March 23-No School-In service day

Monday, April 2-No School

Wednesday, April 4-Spring Pictures-Students getting spring pictures may be out of uniform


**We wish you and your family a Blessed Easter!


Week of March 19th BLOG

The Week of March 19th, 2018


  • Reading Story- Little Rabbit’s Tale & Silly Poems
  • Strategy & Skill Focus and Details- Cause/Effect, story lesson, Infer/Predict
  • Grammar- Introduce prepositional phrases
  • Phonics- Short /e/ spelled /ea/ and compound words
  • Writing – Personal Narrative



  • Growing patterns
  • Knowing solid shapes – cone, sphere, cube, rectangular prism, cylinder
  • Test review
  • Test on Unit 6
  • Investigate doubles and doubles plus one

Religion- Students will focus on Holy Week. We will look at Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Resurrection eggs and the story of Easter will be presented.

Science-  Students continue to learn about soil. They have examined sand but will continue to compare topsoil and clay. What does it look like? What’s in it? How does it feel?

Social Studies We have an introduction to globes and will identify the seven continents.


 *Tuesday, March 20th, Out of uniform/Caps for community/Culvers

*Thursday, March 22nd, Variety Show

*Friday, March 23rd, No School – Staff In-service

Spring Break – March 26-April 2

Week of March 12-16

Week of March 12-16:


  • Reading Story- “Tomas Rivera Biography” and “Life Then and Now”
  • Skill- sequence of events, using context
  • Grammar- Future tense verbs
  • Phonics-vowel pairs -oa and -ow, have and are contractions
  • Writing- Writing a friendly letter (didn’t get to this yet)
  • High Frequency Words- done, great, laugh, paper, soon, talk, were and work


  • Comparisons of shapes (parallelograms, trapezoids, hexagons)
  • Introducing congruent shapes
  • Exploring common solid shapes


Religion-  We will be continuing to work on our chapter about God, the Third Divine Person of the Holy Spirit that we started before Lent.  We will continue to work on our Lenten chain of good deeds each day.

Science-   Soil will be introduced. We will learn about sand, top soil, clay and silt. This unit will last about 2 weeks.

Social Studies- Since we only met 1 time this week, we listened to a book called Mapping Penny’s World and then made a map of part of our world, our bedroom.  We incorporated a map key, compass rose, title and symbols.  Next week we will look at political maps (that include borders) and physical maps that show landforms and water.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, March 13-March birthday celebration, March birthdays may be out of uniform

Thursday, March 15-Spirit Day

Thursday, March 15-Report cards will be available to view on Educate

Friday, March 16-Living Stations of the Cross-1:00 in the Church


Week of March 5th

The Week of March 5th, 2018


  • Reading Story- Where Does Food Come From? & Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Strategy & Skill Focus and Details- Summarize, Author’s Purpose & Conclusions
  • Grammar- Names of months, days and holidays
  • Phonics- Long /a/ spelled /ai/ and /ay/, contractions using ll and d
  • Writing – Friendly Letter



  • Practice measuring with inches
  • Measure with an inch ruler, record measurements in a table, and compare lengths
  • Find, measure and record items from the classroom that are a given length
  • Rotate and compare shapes, predict and draw the next shape (1/4 turns)
  • Combine triangles to create more complex shapes – identify and compare shapes

Religion- Students continue to complete a Stations of the Cross booklet during the season of Lent. As a class, we are working on shortening a 40-link chain as Easter grows near.  We take off one link off each day. On each link there is something to work on for that day.

Science-  Students will be introduced to different kinds of soil: clay, sand, topsoil and silt. We will start to learn about what is in soil.

Social Studies We have an introduction to pollical maps (that show boundaries) and physical maps (which show the landforms and water).  We will continue sharing the biographies we typed.


 *Tuesday, March 6th, STEM Fair – 5:30-7:30, see our school website for details

*Wednesday, March 7th, Lakeville morning drive day

*Thursday, March 8th, Farmington afternoon drive day, end of second trimester

*Friday, March 9th, No School – Staff In-service