Welcome to First Grade!

  • Teacher: Mrs. Krok




    Welcome to 1st grade at St. Barbara!  This year we will be learning so many new and wonderful things! Here you will find information   about our classroom, what we are learning each month, and important St. Barbara information. 

    Here is what we are learning in November:


    We are learning our math curriculum through the University of Chicago's Everyday Maath program.  Everyday Math provides our students with meaningful math activities that are also engaging and playful.  This month in Unit 3 we have been introduced to addition.

    The concepts are:

    • 3-10  Addition and Subtraction Application:Frames and Arrows
    • 3-11  Counting with Calculators
    • 3-12  Unit 3 Progress Test

    We will then be introduced to Unit 4-Length and Addition Facts.  In this unit, students measure lengths using nonstandard units and begin working on addition-fact fluency. The concepts will be: 

    • 4-1    Introducing Length Measurement
    • 4-2    Measuring Length
    • 4-3    More Length Measurement
    • 4-4    Open Response-Measuring a Marker
    • 4-5    Explorations-Exploring Data, Shapes, and Base 10 Blocks
    • 4-6    Representing Data with a Bar Graph
    • 4-7    Introducing Doubles
    • 4-8    Combinations of 10
    • 4-9    More Combinations of 10

    Our math homework will consist of a Home Link worksheet that you will do with your child to practice various skills in your home environment. Please complete the Home Link worksheet with your child each night. Also, students should practice their addition and subtraction facts nightly. 


    We are now using the third level of the Superkids: Adventures of the Superkids!  We will make great strides as readers as we accompany the Superkids on many new adventures.  We will learn how to read more complex words and longer stories.  We will learn new phonemes, structural analysis skills, and Memory Words.  We will practice the skills of making predictions using illustrations, visualizing, using context clues, summarizing and sequencing.  We will identify story elements of character, setting, and plot. We will read together in small guided reading groups, read leveled readers with partners and practice our reading skills individually.  During these 'Centers', we are also able to exomplore subject areas that we are learning about in science or social studies, practice our phonics, and enjoy math games with dice or grpahing.  Our parents will help us practice by blending in our SuperKids Big Book, singing with the SuperKids cds, writing them on our dry erase boards, and with letter cards.

    We are completing Unit 4 in "Adventures of the Superkids", and the students have really enjoyed reading the Superkids stories.  In this unit we are learning to associate er with /er/ and ed with /ed/,/d/ and /t/.  They will decode words with er and the ending -ed.  They will learn to spell the memory words-look, your,the was,are,for and pattern words that end with er and ed. Our test on these words will be on Nov.6th.  We will also be learning to write about a problem and solution and a sensory poem.

    We will then move on to Unit 5.  In this unit, students will decode words with endings -ing and -ed, and apply spelling rules for adding endings.  They will learn to read and spell the memory words-there, from, be, to, we, or and pattern words with -ing and -ed endings.  Our test on these words will be on Nov. 19th.  In this unit, students will also plan a character using a graphic organizer and write a simple story about a character.   


    We will begin Chapter 3 in our science books "How Plants and Animals Live".  The students will be introduced to the vocabulary words-antennae, camouflage, root, stem, leaf and flower. 

    The lessons will be:

    • What helps animals live in their habitats?
    • How do animals get food?
    • What can help protect animals?
    • What are some parts of plants?
    • What helps protect plants.
    • Chapter 3 Review
    • Chapter 3 Test 

    We will then move on to Chapter 4 "Life Cycles".  Students will discover how animals and plant change as they grow.  They will be introduced to the vocabulary words-life cycle, larva, pupa, seed coat and seedling. The lessons will be:

    • How does a frog grow?
    • How does a butterfly grow?
    • How do animals grow and change?
    • How does a daisy grow?
    • How do trees grow?
    • How do plants grow and change?
    • Chapter 4 Review
    • Chapter 4 Test


    The unit that we are focusing on is "The First Thanksgiving".  Students will learn about the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  We will discover how life was for the Pilgrim children including the chores they had to do to help their families and compare ourselves to children back then.  The children will share what they are thankful for and what the Pilgrims were thankful for.  They will learn about the Pilgrims and Native Americans harvest feast-especially what foods they ate. 


    We are beginning Chapter 5 "Jesus Teaches Us About Love" in our religion books.  In this chapter, students will learn about love and how Jesus wants us to live our daily lives. We will learn the Great Commandment and our key word we will focus on is commandments.  Next in Chapter 6, "The Church Year", the children will learn about the different seasons of the church year and that we will soon be entering Advent. 

    Together we will sing, pray, act out bible stories and ways to show God's love, and share ideas in discussion.  The first graders will show their love of God with their great behavior at Friday Mass.


    • Brown envelopes will be sent home every Monday and need to be sent back to school on Tuesday mornings signed.  If envelopes have to be sent home during the week for any reason, please send them back to school the next day.
    • Send any important papers, notes, etc. that you have during the week with your child in the morning to turn in to me.
    • If you are sending any money to school or a check, please place in an envelope labeled with your child's name and the purpose of the money.
    • Any money that you are able to donate to the Catholic Missions is greatly appreciated.
    • Please send a note to the office if anyone besides you will be picking your child up from school.
    • Homework folders go home every night and are due back every day. Remember, neatness counts on homework.  Please have your child write his first and last name on all homework.  Any pictures on homework must be colored in using 2-4 colors that make sense.
    • Please be mindful of the Saint Barbara rquirements for your child's hairstyle and clothing/uniform listed in the handbook.  It is a great time to practice tying shoes and tucking in our shirts at home.
    • We are scheduled to have gym class every Monday and Wednesday, so please send your child to school in his/her uniform.
    • We have library every Tuesday, so please send your child to school with his/her library book.  New library books may not be checked out until last week's book has been returned.


    • November 4th:    Athletic Teams Mass 9:30am
    • November 9th:    Parent-Teacher Conferences-11:30 Dismissal
    • November 13th:  Special Lunch/Box Top Day
    • November 21st:  No School
    • November 22nd: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
    • November 23rd:  No School 
    • November 26th:  Ladies Guild Meeting
    • November 29th:  Spirit Day-Dine Out Night


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