Room 2 - Mrs. Leboff


Updated: March 23, 2020


Welcome to First Grade

at St. Jane de Chantal!


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Hello First Grade families! We are introducing two new things this week that I think you and your children will love! Please look out for an email Monday morning with more details. Below is the schedule for Week 2 learning at home. 


Superkids Online Fun ( is going to be the best resource to keep your child on pace with our reading program. Click on “Link in to the Superkids Online Portal for schools and parents” on the bottom right. Your child should be very familiar with this program as we use it in school on the iPads and they should all know their picture passwords.  They are able to read current and past stories, play games, and watch the animations. Unit 12 Week 2 works on words with aw, descriptive writing, and cause and effect.


Check out the story Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg. Dot knows everything about electronic devices, but what will happen when her mother makes her play outside?



Spelling words are listed below. Follow the link for and play free games online.  Print the handwriting page and have your child use each word in a descriptive sentence, have your child put the words in ABC Order, and give the spelling test on Friday.



Have your child continue their Way of the Cross Books by completing one station each day.  They will need a blank piece of paper, a straightedge, and school supplies. This week your child should complete the rest of the book. When we are back together, we will combine their work completed at school and at home to “publish” their new books!


Last week’s stations:

Station VII: Jesus Falls a Second time - Jesus, thank you for carrying your cross for us.

Station VIII: The Women are Sorry for Jesus - Jesus, teach me to care for others and help them.

Station IX: Jesus Falls the Third Time - Jesus, help me to always try to be good.

Station X: Jesus’ Clothes are Taken Away - Jesus, thank you for suffering for us.


As we were wrapping up on Place Value, your children should be very familiar with numbers through 100.  We are continuing Chapter 11 on the order of numbers, comparing numbers, estimation, and making reasonable answers. 


If your child did not bring home their Math Homework book, or would like extra practice you can visit our Math textbook website. From this link choose Grade 1 and we are currently in Unit 4. The homework pages, enrichment pages and “leveled practice” pages are great supplements!


Math Websites: 

IXL: (username firstinitiallastname@dechantal password dukes)

Sumdog: (username and password on index card in front of red folders)


Khan Academy:

Houghton Mifflin Math:



  • Write and draw about your weekend

  • Keep a journal and draw a picture of what you do each day

  • There is a template of writing prompts and printable lined paper that your child can use. Google “First Grade lined paper” to find options.

  • Draw a picture and write about an area at home that you keep clean just like the Superkids cleaned up their bus in “Tex McGraw’s Visit!”

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about something fun you are doing! Have you baked cookies or made up a new game? Write about it!

    • Make a title and add details (What do you see, hear, smell, taste?)

    • Today, I am doing something fun! I am...


Writing Websites:

Typing Club:




The end of March is approaching! Have your child continue to track each day’s weather as lion and lamb days or create a graph to compare the weather patterns.  As we enter the Spring season, discuss the changing weather. Watch the BrainPop Jr. on Seasons (separate videos for each season are also available) and note the different weather patterns of each season. Create a thinking map for each season! Each day, think about a different season. Draw pictures or write words to describe the season. What does it feel/look like? What things can you do? What do you wear? On Friday, fold a blank paper into fourths and draw a picture of what a tree looks like for each of the four seasons. Add things around the tree to tell more about the seasons. What does it look like outside? Add yourself in the drawing and show what you would be wearing!


Science Websites: 

Mystery Doug:

National Geographic: 



We have been talking about United States Symbols. We just finished learning about our country’s flag and the meaning behind the Stars and Stripes. Can your child create their own flag on a piece of paper (or using fun materials around the house) and explain what they chose to represent their own personal flag?


Social Studies Websites:

History for Kids:


Recess Websites:

GoNoodle: *Children love the indoor recess dance breaks

YouTube: Search for “Just Dance Kids” for more dance breaks

YouTube: Search for “Cosmic Kids Yoga”


Additional Resources: 

Educational Videos - BrainPop JR.: (sign up for Free Family Access)

Suggested Daily Schedule March 23-27





  • Introduce letter-sound correspondence: aw makes the short /o/ sound

    • aw is sound, but also a word (ex: “Aw, shucks!”)

    • Come up with more words with aw (draw, awful, yawn, paw, straw, etc.)

  • Week 2 Spelling Words: Unit 12 memory words and pattern words

    • Spelling Words for Unit 12 Week 2: come, coming, they, our, put, law, saw, dawn, lawn, crawl

  • Read Backpack page 29 “Up at Dawn” with fluency and expression

  • Extra practice: differentiate between words with aw and words with all



  • Special intentions and prayers

  • Station XI: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross - Jesus, teach me to forgive others who hurt me.



  • 11.5 Use Symbols to Compare: Watch the Brainpop Jr on Comparing Numbers

  • We use the greater than/less than symbols by drawing alligator teeth and telling the children that the alligator likes to open up its teeth and eat the bigger number. Encourage children to practice by drawing little teeth on the symbols to show greater than.

  • Complete page 79




  • Read “Tex McGraw’s Visit” online in Reader More Adventures of the Superkids

    • Read the title and make predictions: Who is Tex McGraw? What kind of exciting event do you think will happen in this story?

    • Ask questions while your child reads/listens - What is Tex McGraw’s show about? Why is he coming to the Superkids’ town? What do people do to win the contest? Why does Golly jump up to kiss Tex? How do the Superkids feel at the end of the story? Does Tex mind when Golly kisses him and how can you tell?

  • Complete Backpage page 30



  • Special intentions and prayers

  • Station XII: Jesus Dies on the Cross - Jesus, you died so we can live with God in Heaven. Thank you for loving us so much.


  • 11.6 Problem Solving: Making a Reasonable Answer

  • Discuss the word reasonable as “making sense”

  • Complete page 80





  • Watch the Brainpop Jr. on Cause and Effect

  • Discuss cause and effect relationships in the story “Tex McGraw’s Visit”

    • Often one action will cause another event to happen: Make a chart with the headings “What happened in the story?” and “Why did it happen?”

For example:

What happened?

Why did it happen?

The Superkids picked up litter and fixed up the bus.

(They wanted to win the Grand Land Contest.)

The bus looked like new.

The Superkids won the contest.

Golly jumped on Tex and kissed him.


  • Complete Backpack page 31



  • Special intentions and prayers

  • Station XIII: Jesus is Taken Down - Mary, help me to love Jesus as you love Him.


  • Chapter 11 Review




  • Watch the Brainpop Jr. on Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Practice antonyms (words that have opposite meanings): Fix the sentences to tell what really happened in the story “Tex McGraw’s Visit.”

    • Tex McGraw is leaving.

    • The Superkids mess up their bus.

    • Sal and Hot Rod take down the awning.

    • Cass and Tic put a bench over the awning.

    • Then the bus looks awful!

  • Pick one (or both!) of the other Unit 12 short Library Books online by clicking Read, then Books. Ask questions while your child reads!

    • “Skippy’s New Friends”

      • Why did the skinny kid ask if Skippy was O.K.?

      • Why was Skippy the happiest kid in the park?

    • “Winter Camping” 

      • Look at the cover. What is the weather like and what is the girl wearing?

      • Did the girl have fun? How do you know?

  • Complete Backpack page 32



  • Special intentions and prayers

  • Station XIV: Jesus is Buried - Jesus, you died to save us. You rose to bring us new life.


  • Chapter 11 Test





  • Give the spelling test. Use the sentences your child wrote!

  • Read Super Duper: “America’s Parks” and match the national park to its description.

    • Parks: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mammoth Cave, Cape Cod

    • Descriptions:

      • This park has lots of beaches where you can swim and play in the sand.

      • This park has lots of wild animals, hot springs, and geysers.

      • This park is full of steep, rocky cliffs and there is a river at the bottom.

      • This park is underground and has miles and miles of tunnels.



  • Special intentions and prayers

  • Station XV: Jesus Rises from the Dead - You gave God’s life to us. Thank you, Jesus!


  • Math Games!



  • Math, Religion, Phonics, Reading, Handwriting, Spelling, and Language Arts

  • We switch for Social Studies (Rm.1) and Science (Rm.2) twice a week

  • We have Music, Computers, P.E., Art, and Library once a week





WEDNESDAY: Church Music; Computers









FRIDAY:  Have a good weekend! :)

**Trade Books are now a part of daily homework. Your child will bring home a different school library book in a plastic envelope each day. Please read the book with/to your child, sign your name next to your child's name on the list and return to school the following day. If you do not have time to complete the reading, please send back the book so that it can be passed to the next person. The children are so excited to have a new book every night- enjoy!

SPELLING: Test on Friday, March 20th

Tests will be every Friday (or Thursday if there is no school on Friday). We work with these words every day in our spelling unit, but they should also be studied at home. The bonus word is just for fun, it does not count for or against the grade.  

**Visit for practice. Our weekly lists can be found here.  Spelling List # and date of test will appear.   There are many fun activities to play! Please note- Room 1 also uses "eleboff"


call              mall

small            stall

wall              baseball

basketball    hallway

fallen            taller

Bonus word (just for fun!):



Kindergarten review - i, a, the, for, you, like, to, of, no, was, said, put

Unit 1 - I, my, she, her, he, his 

Unit 2 - where, when, what, which, why, who

Unit 3 - a, me, do, how, show, have

Unit 4 - look, your, the, was, are, for

Unit 5 - there, from, be, we, or, to

Unit 6 - said, only, you, out, of, here

Unit 7 - oh, any, day, good, very, want

Unit 8 - would, could, some, one, new, were

Unit 9 - boy, girl, two, four, about, over, before

Unit 10 - down, too, work, many, first

Unit 11 - their, now, always, because, been

Unit 12 - come, coming, they, our, put

Students make reading word cards that they keep in their desk in an index card box for practice as we learn them. You can practice at home by making word cards, playing memory, or creating simple sentences.



Things to Know:

Room 2 has P.E. every Tuesday. First Graders do not wear their P.E. uniforms to school. Students will bring untied sneakers in his/her backpack or a separate P.E. bag.  Students will not be changing out of their fall/spring uniform for P.E. – they will only be changing into sneakers. In the winter, your child comes to school in their regular winter uniform and must wear the P.E. t-shirt and shorts under their uniform.  They should bring deC sweatpants and sweatshirts to school in the winter.  Be sure to label your child’s name in all clothing, including shoes, belts, and ties. Thank you!

* Please make sure your child has a snack every day with a cloth place mat and a bag for the lunch box trash (ex: newspaper sleeve).

* Please note that we are PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE in the classroom.  Snacks are eaten in the classroom and must be nut free.  Nut free birthday treats should be sent in with your child in the morning and we will celebrate at snack time. Please be sure birthday treats are labeled "Peanut/Tree Nut Free".  Thank you! 

* Homework pages will be circled in the Math and Superkids workbooks.  Please do not go ahead.  Sometimes a loose Math sheet or other worksheet may also be included as homework.  There is no homework on Fridays!  Please use any extra time to practice reading words and I Can Read Books, as well as memorizing math facts.

* The red folders go home daily with notes and graded work.  If you have any questions for me or the office, please e-mail or write a note and send it in your child’s red folder.

* First Grade goes to mass on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Parents are welcome to join!

* Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to be Lunch Angels.  I truly appreciate the break. Please arrive at 12:05 Monday-Friday.  First Grade goes out to recess first. They come inside and go to the cafeteria for lunch at 12:25. A teacher will come down to pick up both first grade classes at 12:50, and lunch angels leave from the cafeteria. 

* All school volunteers must be VIRTUS certified.

* The First Grade supports the Christ Child Society's Layette Program by supplying diapers. We have talked about this with the students in religion.  We encourage the children to find chores around the house that they can do to earn the money to pay for the diapers. We want them to feel invested in the giving.  You may send in diapers at any time throughout the year. There will be several pick-ups throughout the year.  Thank you for your help!

*De Chantal follows Montgomery County Public Schools for decisions regarding inclement weather closings, delays and early release. If there is a delayed opening, there is no "Morning Care". If there is an early school closure, there will be no "Extended Day". If school closes at the normal time, but Montgomery County cancels after school activities, Extended Day will be open. 

*Play fun games online at home! Just for fun :) (username and passwords are in the front of red take home folders) (username is child's first initial and last name @dechantal - For example: agrant@dechantal; password is dukes)



  • April 8: Noon dismissal; Start of Easter break
  • May 30: Casino Night Gala


Have a wonderful week!

Love, Mrs. Leboff