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 information about our classroom, what we are learning each month, and important information about the school.

    Here is what we are learning in May:


    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 9-Organizer, children focus on adding and subtracting with 2-digit numbers.  They also review other topics learned. They will also continue to work on math fluency. The concepts are:

    • 9-1   Review:Measurement
    • 9-2   Two-Digit Number Stories
    • 9-3   Open Response-Shopping at the School Store
    • 9-4   Explorations-Exploring Broken Calculators, Fractions, 
    • 9-5   Vending Machine Addition and Subtraction
    • 9-6   Two-Digit Comparison Number Stories
    • 9-7   Efficient Strategies for 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction
    • 9-8   Review:Relations and Equivalence
    • 9-9   Review:Place Value 
    • 9-10 Review:3-Dimensional Geometry
    • 9-11 Review:Equal Shapes
    • 9-12 Day 1-Unit 9 Progress Check
    •         Day 2-Open Response Assessment   


    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.

    • Reading and Writing:
      We are now using the third level of the Superkids program: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 explore 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 will begin Unit 6 in our second book "More Adventures of the Superkids."  The students have really enjoyed reading the Superkids stories.  In this unit, students are associating oi, oy with /oiand will decode words with oi and oy. They will recognize plot: beginning, middle and end and the homophones by and buy. They will learn to spell and read the memory words-kind, buy, find, right, wash and light and encode pattern words with oi and oy. We will then move on to Unit 7. In this unit, students will associate ar,or,ear with /er/ and decode trickers with ar, or,ear /er/. Students will sequence words, story words, idioms, and synonyms.They will learn to spell and read memory and pattern words-collar, dollar,forward, backward,word, worm, world, earn, earth and early. Our next unit will be Unit 8. In this unit students will associate ou with /ou/ and ow with /ou/,/o/ and decode words with ow and ou. They will identify lessons that a story teaches, understand characters and determine cause and effect. Students will learn to spell and read the memory words-warm, walk, give, once, done and encode pattern words with ow and ou.  Please continue reading nightly with your child and to fill out your reading logs.

      We are beginning Chapter 9-" Movement and Sound" in our science books. Students will understand that different things move at different speeds, and that there is a relationship between force and motion.  They will be introduced to the vocabulary words: force, gravity, speed, magnet, attract, pole, repel, and vibrate. 
      The lessons are:
    • What makes things move?
    • What is speed?
    • How do things move?
    • What do magnets do?
    • How are sounds made?
    • What sounds are around us?
    • Chapter 9 Review
    • Chapter 9 Test                                                                                                                                                                                                          

      Next, we will begin Chapte 10 in our science books "Learning about Energy."  Students will know tht the Sun supplies heat and light energy to Earth. They will be introduced to the vocabulary words:heat, energy, shadow, fuel, electricity and battery.  The lessons will be:
    • What gives off heat?
    • What can energy do?
    • What makes light and shadows?
    • What uses energy around us?
    • How do you get energy?
    • Chapter 10 Review
    • Chapter 10 Test

    Social Studies:

    The unit that we are focusing on is Community.  Students will learn what a community is, people and jobs in a community and what their part is in a community. They will learn the difference between a rural, urban and suburban community. Students will also learn about Memorial Day and why we celebrate this holiday.


    We will begin Chapter 18 "We Are Followers of Jesus."  In this chapter, students learn ways members of the Church follow Jesus and share the light of His love. The key word is: peacemaker.  We will then move on to Chapter 19 "We Celebrate God's Forgiveness." In this chapter the children will learn about God's forgiveness. The key words to know: are penance and reconciliation. In Chapter 22 "Jesus Gives Us the Eucharist," students will learn that in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  Key words to know are: Eucharist and Mass.  

    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 mornings 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 for the money.
    • Any money that you are able to donate to the Catholic Missions is greatly appreciated.  Each dollar your child sends home will be eligible for a raffle ticket and each raffle ticket is eligible to win a prize at the end of the month!
    • Please send a note to the office if anyone besides you will be picking up your child 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 or her first and last name on all homework.  Any pictures must be colored with 2-4 colors that make sense.
    • Please be mindful of the St. Barbara requirements for your child’s hairstyle and clothing/uniform listed in the handbook.  It’s a great time to practice 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 or her gym uniform. 
    • We have library every Tuesday, so please send your child to school with his or her library book.  New library books may not be checked out until last week’s book has been returned. 

      May Important Days
    • May 7th:   4rd Quarter Progress Reports
    • May 8th: Special Lunch
    • May 10th: Barb-A-Thon
    • May 18th: 11:30am  Dismissal
    • May 21st: Ladies'Guild Meeting
    • May 28th: Memorial Day-No School
    • May 31st: Spirit Day    

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