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, and important information about the school.

    Here is what we will be learning in September:


    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.  We have begun Unit 1 in which children work in an active collaborative environment to learn both mathematics content and mathematical practices.

    The concepts are:

    • 1-3   Tools for Doing Mathematics
    • 1-4   Open Response-Counting Strategies
    • 1-5   1 More, 1 Less
    • 1-6   Comparing Numbers
    • 1-7   Organizing Data in a Tally Chart
    • 1-8   More Organizing Data
    • 1-9   Explorations-Exploring Math Materials
    • 1-10 Number Stories
    • 1-11 Counting Larger Numbers
    • 1-12 Assessment-Unit 1 Progress Check

    We will then be introduced to Unit 2 Organizer.  In this unit, students work with addition and use it to model and solve number stories.

    The concepts will be:

    • 2-1   Introducing the Strategy Wall
    • 2-2   Decomposing Numbers within 10
    • 2-3   More Decomposing Numbers within 10
    • 2-4   Explorations-Exploring Subtraction, Pairs of Numbers that Add to 10, and Data

    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.

    In Unit 1 we will learn how to associate sh with /sh/ and ch, tch, with /ch/. We will decode words with sh, ch, and tch, and we will read and spell Memory Words "I, my, she, her, he, is".  We will also encode pattern words with sh, ch, and tch.  In Unit 2 we will associate th with /th/ and wh with /hw/. We will read and spell Memory Words "where, what, why, when, which, who" and we will encode pattern words with th. 


    We have begun Chapter 1 in our science books "Living and NonLiving". In this chapter, students are learning the basic needs of all living things and how to distinguish between living and nonliving things.

    The lessons will be:

    • What are living things?
    • What do plants need?
    • What do animals need?
    • What are nonliving things?
    • Chapter 1 Review
    • Chapter 1 Test 

    We will then move on to Chapter 2 "Habitats", where students will explore where animals live.  The lessons will be:

    • What is a forest habitat?
    • What is a wetland habitat?
    • What is an ocean habitat?
    • What is a desert habitat?
    • Chapter 2 Review
    • Chapter 2 Test

    We will also be learning about apples and who Johnny Applesed was.  They will create apple booklets, learn about the parts of the apple, how they are grown and what is made from apples.


    The unit that we will focus on is Good Citizenship.  The students will learn how to be good citizens, what are rules and laws, why they are important, and why we need to follow them. They will be asked if they could create a new law what would it be?


    We are in Unit 1 in our religion books.  Chapter 1, "God is our Father", students will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it. Also, that everything God made is good.  The key words that we will focus on are creation and bible.  Chapter 2, "We belieave in the Blessed Trinity", students will learn that God created the world and all people. Also, that God sent Jesus, his only Son, to us.  The key words in this chapter we will focus on are Blessed Trinity, prayer and Sign of the Cross.

    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.


    • September 3rd:   Labor Day-No School
    • September 7th:   Fall Picture Day. This is a dress up day for students.
    • September 8th:   7th/8th Grade Car Wash
    • September 11th: Special Lunch and Box Tops/$1.00 Out of Uniform
    • September 19th: K-8 Mandatory Parent Meeting 6:30pm
    • September 22nd: Summerfest
    • September 24th: Ladies Guild Meeting
    • September 27th: Spirit Day and Dine-Out Night 

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