Class News 3/11/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 3/11/21

We had a lovely week together! Your children are working hard and learning so much every day. Take a look at what else we were up to this week!

Sight Words: This week we learned the words how and their. Next week will be if and will. 

Phonics:  Word families –ip –ig, and –ill. Can you find these word families in stories you read at home?

Literacy Centers: We were busy and productive at literacy centers this week! At the library center students read picture books and drew their favorite part in the book. At the sight word center, students continued to work on their “know it all rings” and played various sight word and phonics games. At the iPad center, students worked on reading and spelling words. In our guided reading center, we worked in story comprehension, reading CVC words, and sight words. Some students read their decodable books, while others read mini books and highlighted important details!


Writer’s Workshop: To get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day, we discussed what we would do if we found a pot of gold! Then, we wrote and shared our responses. Some students would buy more stuffies, and some would share with people who are less fortunate! We also wrote a final draft for our “how-to” stories! Check out your child’s story in their Friday folder!


We continue to focus on including 4 things in our sentences while writing stories in our journals using our “Fab 4 checklist.”

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: We continue working on decomposing numbers 11-20 this week by using tens frames to decompose numbers into groups of tens and ones. We continue to work on mastery of addition and subtraction within 10. Keep working on math facts at home!

Religion: We continue to reflect on our Lenten journey by learning about the Stations of the Cross in class. As a class, we discuss each station while we listen to how Jesus was feeling and doing during that time. We have also been learning the three pillars of Lent – Prayer, Fast, Give. We learned that we do these three things so that we can be more like Jesus! We learned that an extra prayer could mean saying an extra “Hail Mary”, but it also means spending time in quiet prayer and just listening to Jesus talk to you! We discussed that we fast from things we don’t need to free up space in our hearts and minds for Jesus. We discussed ways that we can give to others – give others our prayers, time, love, food or belongings.

Ms. Shaw joined our class for another Kelso’s Choice lesson! This week students learned about how to talk it out. We can use this problem solving strategy when we need to let someone know how we feel and what we need from them in order to move on. Students learned that often times people do things that bother us, and they don’t realize how it’s made us feel. We learned 3 steps in order to successfully talk it out! It goes, “I feel…when you…could you please?” Students use a describing word to explain how they feel, tell the other person what they did that was upsetting and ask them to do something differently next time! Give your child a situation and ask them to use the talk it out strategy with you!

 Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 12th – Teacher In-Service, No School
  • Friday, March 19th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 5th – 9th – Easter Break, No School