Theme Verse

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Scholastic Code: GYCG9

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

April 2020

Hello, First Grade Families and Happy Spring!

We have been getting to know a new way of learning and communicating with each other. There have been some 'growing pains' as we all adjusted to the new routine, but overall I think it's going well. I'm proud of our first graders for the wonderful work that they've been doing.

Next week, we will be on Easter break from Thursday, April 9-Monday, April 13. There will be no lessons posted and no work due on those days.
In Bible, you should be checking out the Easter story on the Bible App for Kids. I will be reading some Easter Bible story lessons on video in the coming days as well. Our memory verse is due on Wednesday, April 8. The memory verse is Matthew 28:6 - "He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay." You will submit this as a video; I will create an assignment folder on Monday and you may add your submission when you feel that you are prepared to recite your verse.

We're going to be starting Unit 5 in Language Arts this month. Unit 5 is titled "Making Melody" and we will be learning about music and musicians in this unit, as well as learning new sounds and language rules. I hope you're all enjoying the video lessons, but I really miss our Language lessons together!

I am sending reading assignments in private messages on Dojo every day. I will ask at least once per week for a video submission of your child orally reading at least one page from the reading assignment. This way I can keep my running records of your child's reading progress. When listening to your child read, please remember that we do not want to immediately supply them with a word when they don't know how to read it right away. I know it is tempting, but we want them to struggle a bit to sound out difficult words. This helps them to use the phonics tools to help in decoding and gives them confidence that they CAN do it and that they don't need an adult to save them from tough words.

We will not be doing a proper spelling class during this time outside of the classroom. It's much too difficult to 'test' spelling. My suggestion is to keep practicing your spelling words and introduce new words using new sounds that you learn in your language lessons. ABC Mouse and Spelling City are good websites to check out for spelling practice as well, but I will not be requiring any extra time on these sites.

For math, please remember to log on to Khan Academy daily to see your assignments for the day. We are working on measurement this week. Also, try to use Happy Numbers a little bit each day to keep practicing your math facts and skills. 

For Science and Social Studies, you will have a weekly Scholastic News article to read. You can also check out and listen to each article on using our class password bcsfabfirst. I'll send a file with Skill Sheets for each article on Monday. Your child only needs to choose 1 of the Skill Sheets each week and submit it by Friday. You are welcome to do more than one, but only one is required.

If the weather is nice, I hope you're spending time outside getting fresh air and exercise. You could even practice math and sight word spelling using sidewalk chalk on your driveway! 

Everyone has been doing a great job submitting work on Class Dojo. A few of you have also sent videos telling me what's been going on with you since we last saw each other and I love those! I will try to post an optional assignment at least once a week where you can submit a video response.

First graders - I may have brought an Easter book about Gilbert home to read for you sometime next week! 

I miss you all and pray that God will bring us back together soon!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jackie McClure :)

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