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 March:


    We are learning our math curriculum through the University of Chicago's Everyday Math program.  Everyday Math provides our students with meaningful math activities that are also engaging and playful.  This month in Unit 7-Subtraction Fact Strategies and Attributes of Shapes, children explore the relationship between addition and subtraction, and continue to work on math fluency.  They also explore the defining and nondefining attributes of 2-dimensional shapes and continue their work telling time to the nearest hour, using analog and digital clocks.  

    The concepts are:

    • 7-1.   Fact Families
    • 7-2.   More Fact Families
    • 7-3.   Relating Special Addition and Subtraction Facts
    • 7-4.   More Subtraction Fact Strategies
    • 7-5.   Attributes of Shapes
    • 7-6.   Exploring Attributes, Fractions, and Salute!
    • 7-7.   Defining and Nondefining Attributes
    • 7-8.   Finding Unknowns: "What's My Rule?"
    • 7-9.   Open Response: Desks and Chairs
    • 7-10. Addition Facts: "What's My Rule"?
    • 7-11  Digital Clocks
    • 7-12  Unit 7-Progress Test

    We will then be introduced to Unit 8-Geometry.  In this unit, children learn about attributes of shapes, compose and decompose shapes, and divide shapes into halves and fourths. Children continue to practice telling and writing time, work with bar graphs, and use their understanding of place value and properties of operations to add and subtract larger numbers.  

    The concepts will be: 

    • 8-1    Building Shapes with Defining Attributes
    • 8-2.   Halves
    • 8-3.   Fourths

    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 fourth level of the Superkids:More 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 graphing.  Our parents will help us practice our Memory and Pattern words at home.  At school we will 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 have begun Unit 1 in our second book "More Adventures of the Superkids", and the students have really enjoyed reading the Superkids stories.  In this unit, students are associating y with /i/ and /e/ and ay with /a/.  They will associate ords with pictures, recognize text structure and sequence steps.  They will learn to spell and read the memory words down, too, work, many, first and encode pattern words wi th y and ay.  Our test onthese words will be on March 7.  We will then move on to Unit 2.  In this unit, students will decode words ending in y, ier, iest, ied, ies and identify base words in words with endings.  They will also learn to read with expression.  They will learn to spell and read their, now, always, because, been end encode words with ier and iest.  Unit 2 test will be on March 18.  Please continue reading nightly with your child and to fill out your reading logs.



    We are ending Chapter 6, "Land, Water and Air".  Our test on this chapter will be on March 6.  Vocabulary words to know are: rocks, sand, natural resource, clay, humus, weathering, erosion and minerals.  

    The lessons are:     

    • Math in Science
    • Chapter 6 Review
    • Chapter 6 Test

    Next, we will begin Chapter 7 in our science books "Weather".  Students will discover what tools are used to measure weather and about the seasons.  They will be introduced to the vocabulary words-weather, thermometer, temperature, water vapor, clouds, sleet and season. 

    The lessons are:

    • How can you measure weather?
    • How do clouds form?
    • What are some kinds of wet weather?
    • What are the four seasons?
    • Math in Science
    • Chapter 7 Review
    • Chapter 7 Test


    The unit that we are focusing on is "American Symbols".  Students will learn and be able to recognize the Liberty Bell, American Flag, Mt. Rushmore, the White House, the Capitol, American Eagle And the Lincoln Memorial.



    We will begin Chapter 20, "Lent". as we prepare to enter this liturgical season.  Students will be introduced to the season of Lent and how this season prepares us for the Easter season.

    We will then continue with Chapter 10 "Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit". In this chapter, students will learn that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His followers.

    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.


    • March 6:    Ash Wednesday
    • March 8:    Spring Pictures
    • March 12:  Special Lunch and Box Tops
    • March 17:  HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
    • March 18:  St. Jude Math-A-Thon Begins
    • March 19:  FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH
    • March 22:  Third Quarter Ends
    • March 25:  Ladies Guild Meeting
    • March 28:  Spirit Day and Dine Out Night



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