1-1 Mrs. Gloria Asaro

Mrs. Asaro's 
First Grade Class!

Reminder...if your child goes to Aftercare on a half day, hot lunch is not available.  You must send in a lunch and drink from home.

Important Dates -

Monday, March 18 - Lenten Prayer Service 8:20am
Friday, March 22 - No school for students.
Monday, March 25 - Lenten Prayer Service 8:20am.
Wednesday, March 27 - Noon dismissal After-care is not available
Thursday, March 28 - Noon Dismissal After-care is available
Friday, March 29 - Buddy Fashion Show
Monday, April 1 - Lenten Prayer Service 8:20am
Friday, April 5 - 12:00 Noon Dismissal After-Care is available
Monday, April 8 - Lenten Prayer Service 8:20am
Monday, April 15 - Lenten Prayer Service 8:20am
Wednesday, April 17 - Shadow Stations of the Cross 1:15pm
Thursday, April18 - April 26 - Easter Recess
Tuesday, April 30 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
What We Are Learning in Class 1-1

Math - Chapter 7 Compare Numbers 

In this chapter, the students will begin to understand place value.  They will learn to compare numbers to find which one is greater using place value and the > symbol.  They will also learn the meaning of less than with the symbol < as well as learn the equal symbol = is used to express that two numbers are equal.  The students will expand on their knowledge of place value to mentally find 10 more or ten less than a number, without having to count.  They will observe that only the tens place changes when they find 10 more or 10 less.   

It is very important for the children to keep practicing their addition and subtraction facts within ten!  Knowing these facts will help them immensely. There are many math apps where the children can practice these facts or you can simple make flashcards for practice.  We have been playing many different games in school to help the students with fluency of addition facts within ten.   


Wonders - Unit 5 - Week 1

Essential Question - How can we classify and categorize things?

Books - "A Barn Full of Hats", "A Lost Button" and "Sort It Out"      

Genre - Fiction

Skills - Ar sound as in the word star, compound words and capitalize proper nouns.  

Comprehension Strategy - Point of View and Sequencing

Respond to Reading - 
It is so important that the first grade students are able to respond to their reading.  We have been working hard to pay attention to the details in each and every story we read as well as answer questions about the text.  In school, the children are always encouraged to go back in the story and find the answer to the question being asked.  You can support your child at home by always asking them questions after each story you read together.  They can also write and draw about a part of the story they liked, favorite character, story events...the ideas are endless!    

Writing - Students will become authors and illustrators! As always, they will continue to write stories using complete sentences that include a capital letter in the beginning, spaces between each word and punctuation at the end. At this time of the year, the students will begin to be encouraged to write three sentences on one topic.  This will help them build stamina during writing time! 

Religion - Chapter 5 - Jesus Teaches Us About Love

In this chapter, the students will learn that many people wanted to follow Jesus.  People followed Him because they needed Jesus to make them better, teach them to pray, tell the Good News about God's love and to tell them how to live a better life.  

The children will also learn that Jesus taught us the Great Commandment.  Commandments are laws or rules given to us by God.  The Great Commandment says “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37,39)  
Students will listen to the scripture story The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35).They will learn what it means to be a good neighbor.  We will discuss the good Samaritan cared for and helped the hurt man.  The students will learn that Jesus told this story to help us understand that all people are our neighbors and we are to be good neighbors to everyone.  

The students will learn that Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent lasts for forty days and it is an opportunity to change your daily lives and become closer to God.


We will begin Unit 9 in our science book All About Matter.  In this unit, the students will learn that all objects are matter and matter can change in different ways.   We will be observing different objects, learning about solids, liquids and gases and also discussing how matter changes.  

The first grade classes are looking forward to a video conference titled The Matter Box schedule for Monday morning at 8:30. 

Social Studies

We will begin a small unit on American symbols.  The students will learn that a symbol is an object that represents something and an American symbol is an object that represents America.  We will be discussing and learning about the Statue of Liberty, the American Flag, the liberty Bell, the Washington Monument, the White House and the American Eagle.

Please be sure that your child is reading each night.  It is so important that they practice reading each and every day to develop the skills learned in school.  Like anything else, mastery requires practice!! Please remember to complete your child's reading log each night.

Raz-Kids.com is an excellent resource for building reading skills.  Each student works at his/her level to read books and answer comprehension questions.  They can earn stars as incentives that they can use to build robots and rocket ships.  Please take some time to sit with your child and explore this great resource.  The children are all very excited about this! 

Please check your child's folder regularly as there are important notices going home with the children daily.

Please make sure to send a snack in to school each day. 

Students are to wear their gym uniform as well as white or black sneakers on gym days.  
Please make sure to write your child's name on the tag of his/her gym sweatshirts.  The students often take these off and mix them up!

If your child is absent, it is important that you send an absent note to school on the day he or she returns.  

Our Specials:  

Monday- Music and Italian
Tuesday- Gym
Wednesday- Library and Italian
Thursday-  Art
Friday- Technology

Students are to wear their Gym uniform as well as white or black sneakers on Gym days.

Please note:
*Please be sure to check your child's folder regularly as there are constantly important notices going home with the children
*Please clearly label all of your child's school supplies and clothing that comes to school.
*Please send in a note if there will be a change in your child's dismissal
*If you child is absent, please be sure to send a note with your child the following day. 
*Please provide your children with a 'light and healthy" snack for the morning.

I am always happy to hear from parents and can be reached through email or phone.  I will be sure to respond in a timely fashion and will be happy to meet with anyone who has any questions or concerns. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at gasaro7211@ndsnet.org

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