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First Grade Overview

April 22, 2014


BIBLE:  John 4:7 “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” Verse test will be on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.


Phonics: We will be working on trigraph tch and dge, spelling with final ch, tch, dge and ge, spelling with ch and j and digraph ie.

Reading Skill Test: Assessment 23 - “action verbs” Test- Friday, April 25, 2014

Spelling: List 21 Test – Friday, April 25, 2014

how, round, dishes, blue, argue, diver, enjoy, overpay, afternoon, vacation, early, learn


1.Braden found four spiders in the corner of the dark barn.

2. The soil there was moist and cool.

3. His cat wanted to sniff them.

4. He didn’t want the spiders to bite his cat on the mouth.


Foundations and Frameworks: 

Dahlke - Predicting and Justifying, Payne: Cause and Effect, Williams: Story Structure


MATH: We will be working on subtraction and regrouping.

Assessment: No assessment this week.


Test will cover the materials/worksheets sent home in your students folders the previous week.

Science and Social Studies:  We will continue to study the continent of South America



April 23rd – Animal Project Written Report Due

May 2nd – Field Day

May 5th – Animal Project and Oral Report Due

May 13th – Knoxville Zoo (rain date May 15th)

May 20th – End of Year Party – BX field – 8:00-12:00


Dress code reminder: As the weather gets warmer, please be mindful of shorts and skirt lengths for girls. We have seen a lot of growth spurts this year, so be sure to check lengths before you come to school.


Animal Project

First grade has been traveling around the world learning and discovering about the people, animals, and habitats of each continent.  As a culminating project for the world study, your child will make an animal that lives on one of the continents; no extinct animals please.  This will be a family project, so get the whole family involved!  You can use any medium to construct your animal (paper mache, wood, yarn, styrofoam, mops, etc.)  Please stay away from all craft kits and pre-made animals-these will not be accepted.  Make it small, make it large, make it life size, but make it fit through the door!!! Your child will turn in a written report on the form provided by your teacher and give an oral report telling what continent the animal can be found, what the animal eats, about the animal’s habitat, and any special characteristics of the animal (what makes the animal unique). 

Your child may already have a favorite animal in mind!  It would be great to choose an animal early and watch videos about the animal on line, check out books about the animal, and if the animal is at the Knoxville Zoo, be ready to take pictures of the animal during our field trip.


April 23rd - Written Report Due

May 5th - Animal Project and Oral Report Due

Start planning and preparing now!


First Grade Teachers