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Friday, May 22, 2015

Sharing the Planet – Connections – Most of the classes visited the woods this week to take a first-hand look at life around us. As each of us investigates our chosen creature, we are beginning to build our understanding of how our actions affect living things.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: We are enjoying reading about and collecting facts for our informational books. After reading and noticing text features that are typical in non-fiction books, we are beginning to include these features in our own books.

Spelling/Word Study: Next week we continue to look at ‘ed’ endings and past tense. This time the words are all short vowel words which means we double the last consonant before adding ‘ed’. If we don’t double the last letter, the e will act like silent e and change the word to a long vowel sound (hop, hopped as opposed to hoped). Here are the words we will use as our focus: hop, hopped, plan, planned, skip, skipped, stop, stopped, shop, shopped, scrub, scrubbed     

Math Focus next week:  We will continue to review units of time: hours, minutes, seconds and practice telling time to the hour and half-hour.

Home Connection: Refer to the clock during the day. Compare analog (clocks with a face) to digital clocks. What does 10:15 mean? It is 15 minutes after ten o’clock. How many minutes in an hour? Half hour? Quarter hour? (remember that one fourth is the same as half of the half).

Important Dates:

Friday, May 29 – All materials due to library before summer check-out begins!

Week of June 1 and June 8 – Individual class field trips to the Darwin Museum

Friday, June 5 – last day of after school activities

Tuesday, June 9  – All first grade field trip to the Bee Apiary

Friday, June 12 – Summer Field Day

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Sharing the Planet – Connections We began exploring connections between living things in an introduction to food chains this week. Ask your child about the game we played and what he knows about food chains. Most of us have chosen a living thing to investigate further. Many have already begun reading about and collecting information about their creature.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: In connection with our unit, we will be learning how to read, take notes, and collect information for the non-fiction book we will be creating. Families can help by continuing to look for kid-friendly information and pictures about their living thing that can be printed from the internet and brought to school.

Spelling/Word Study: We will take a closer look at “ed” endings and past tense next week. When do we use “ed”?  (I can jump. Yesterday I jumped.)  Your child should be able to use these in a sentence first, then work on spelling them. Here are the words we will look at: jump, jumped, paint, painted, walk, walked, laugh, laughed, learn, learned or learnt, play, played

Math Focus next week:  We will continue to work on problem solving with 2-digit numbers as we review units of time: hours, minutes, seconds. We will also practice telling time to the hour and half-hour.

Home Connection: It is the concept of time that is important for most kids. What can you do in a minute? About how long does it take us to eat dinner? Walk to the park? etc. Just referring to the clock is helpful. “Oh look it is 5 minutes to 8. That means when the long hand moves to the 12 in five minutes it will be time for bed.?”

Important Dates:

Friday, May 29All materials due to library before summer check-out begins!

Week of June 1Individual class field trips to the Darwin Museum

Friday, June 5last day of after school activities

Tuesday, June 9  – All first grade field trip to the Bee Apiary

Friday, June 12Summer Field Day

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sharing the Planet – ConnectionsOur unit began with investigations into living and non-living things and discussing their characteristics. Next week we begin a look at connections between living things with an introduction to food chains. When we have an understanding of our connections, we begin to see how our actions affect living things – the central idea of our unit.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Each first grader is going to choose a living thing that is of interest to him/her. We will then begin researching our choice to find out where and how they live. We will be learning how to collect information for the non-fiction book we will be creating in the coming weeks. PLEASE HELP: Homework next week asks students to get help from their families looking for kid-friendly information and pictures about their living thing that can be printed from the internet and brought to school.

Spelling/Word Study: Next week we will focus on sh, ch and th sounds with these  eight words in mind: fish, shell, church, shop, tooth, three, thank you, with  

Math Focus next week:  We will begin to add a 1-digit to a 2-digit number and add two 2-digit numbers. We will do this by counting on, rather than the stacked addition that many of us adults learned in school. (36 + 21 = ?  Begin with the tens, 3 tens plus 2 tens is 5 tens or 50, 6 ones plus 1 one is 7, 50 and 7 is 57).

Home Connection: Many of us are just beginning to comprehend tens and ones when adding 2-digit numbers. The best way to see and understand  2-digit addition is to draw pictures or use ten- and one-ruble coins to show it..

Important Dates:

Week of June 1Individual class field trips to the Darwin Museum

Tuesday, June 9  – All first grade field trip to the Bee Apiary

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Friday, May 1, 2015

No School Thursday and Friday!  May 7 is a staff professional development day and May 8 is in observation of Victory Day.

1WL will be swimming on MONDAY!  Because of the holiday, we will run a Thursday schedule on Monday. So 1WL bring your swimming gear on Monday!

1FJ and 1HM will be going to the library MONDAY!   Bring your books to change.

Sharing the Planet – ConnectionsMany of the classes worked with middle school students this week in their initial investigation of living and non-living things. Ask your child how we know if something is alive. Talk about connections between living things with your child. Where does our family dinner come from?

Language Arts Focus Next Week: We are reading lots of non-fiction books and investigating features of informational writing that we might begin to incorporate into our own writing.

Math Focus next week: Review of pairs that make 10 and compare that with multiples of 10 that make 100 (3 + 7 = 10, so 3 tens and 7 tens make 10 tens, so 30 + 70 = 100). Review of halves and quarters of objects and groups.

Home Connection: Play Tens Go Fish  with cards. If this is easy for your child, use multiples of 10 to make 100s. (If you have a 3 in your hand, think of it as 30 and ask another player for a 70). Make pizzas, pies, and sandwiches out of clay (or make real ones!) and cut them in half or in quarters to play with fractions. Collect a group of objects. Can you show half of the group? Divided for 4 kids and show what a quarter of the group would be? Can all groups of objects be divided fairly into halves and quarters?

Important Dates:

Thursday, Friday May 7, 8  – No school

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Thank you to all who helped organize and work at the Eco Fair today!

New Activities begin Monday! – Please make sure students, drivers, nannies, and bus monitors know about schedule changes.

Who We Are – Culture –  We wish to thank parents for all their support during our culture unit. To all those who planned, organized and contributed to the displays  in the first grade inquiry area, came into classrooms to share a part of their family’s culture, or sent food so that we could have a taste of their culture – THANK YOU!!   (If you have items that you wished returned to your family in the hall, you may take them home next week.)

Sharing the Planet – Connections – Earth day and the Eco Fair have been a great starting point for our new unit about how our actions affect living things. We will begin with an investigation into living and nonliving things and how we know if something is living.

Language Arts Focus After the Break: We will be taking a close look at informational writing this week as we investigate some brochures, pamphlets, non-fiction books, newspapers, websites, etc. We will be reading lots of non-fiction books as we begin our inquiries about the living world.

Spelling/Word Study: Next week we will be looking at question words. As we have just worked on the use of question marks in our reading and writing, these words will be very familiar, but can we spell them?: what, when, where, why, who, how (These last 2 are often confused!)

Math Focus next week: We will begin to recognize halves and quarters of shapes and numbers of objects (Draw a pizza. Can you color one quarter of it? Here are 10 blocks. Can you show me half of the blocks?)

Home Connection: Make pizzas, pies, and sandwiches out of clay (or make real ones!) and cut them in half or in quarters to play with fractions.

Important Dates:

Monday, April 27 – New session of After School Activities Begins

Friday, May 1 – Grade 3 Market Day – First Graders can shop! – see info in the Elementary Express: Elementary Express_ April 22

Thursday, Friday May 7, 8  – No school

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Easter to all who are celebrating this weekend!

Have a great Spring Break! Safe journeys to all who are traveling.

Student-Led Conferences – Great to see so many families at our conferences on Wednesday. Thank you for being here so your child could share his/her learning.

Spirit Day  – We enjoyed dressing up today. Thanks for helping your first grader participate in spirit day.

Traveling over the Spring Break?

Students, How about sharing your journey with the class by keeping a journal of some of the events of your trip. A trip diary is a great place to glue in boarding passes, train tickets, souvenirs and photos of your experiences.

Parents, Please check out our language arts focus below and see if you can collect some informational writing materials during your travels.

Who We Are – Culture –  As we wrap up our culture unit, we wish to thank all of the parents who planned, organized and contributed to the displays in the first grade inquiry area or who came into classrooms to share a part of their family’s culture. When we requested help, you really stepped up and did a great job. THANK YOU ALL!  

Language Arts Focus After the Break: Help us prepare for the informational writing we will work on next in grade one. Collect examples of informational writing over the break that your child can share with the class. This could be: brochures, pamphlets, books, newspapers, website links, posters, etc.

Spelling/Word Study: Once again, these are words that often don’t follow phonetic spelling rules and are used frequently in first grade reading and writing. Here are the words we will work on after the break: can’t, cannot, where, pretty, because, brother

Math Focus when we return: We will begin to add by bridging a multiple of ten.(36 + 8 can be thought of as 36 + 4 to get to 40 and then 40 + 4). We will also be finding the difference between 2 numbers by counting on. (42 – 37, count from 37 up to 40, then to 42 to solve).

Home Connection: It is very important to have mastered the number pairs that make ten to apply them when adding and crossing a ten on the number line. Play Tens Go Fish  – Use regular playing cards (ace – 9). Each player begins with 5 cards and tries to collect pairs that make ten. First player chooses another player to ask for a card he needs to make ten. If I have a 4, then I might say, “Dad do you have a 6?” Dad hands it over or says “Sorry, go fish.” I draw another card from the pile and the next player asks.

Important Dates:

April 13-17 – No School – Spring Break

Monday, April 20School resumes

Monday, April 27New session of After School Activities Begins

Thursday, Friday May 7, 8  – No school

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

A joyous Easter and Passover to all who are celebrating!

Student-Led Conferences – Wednesday, April 8 is our student-led conference day. No school for elementary students. Instead, children come in formal uniforms (white shirts and ties) at their scheduled time to share their learning with parents. If you haven’t signed up for your time yet, please do so. If you have specific questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher directly to arrange another time. See you Wednesday!

Spirit Day Friday  – Friday is dress as your favorite movie star/character/author/job. So Super heroes are welcome as is most anything else your child can justify.

Traveling over the Spring Break? How about sharing your journey with the class by keeping a journal of some of the events of your trip. A trip diary is a great place to glue in boarding passes, train tickets, souvenirs and photos of your experiences. Students are welcome to ask their teachers for a blank notebook to draw and write about their holiday events.

Who We Are – Culture –  Currently showing in the first grade inquiry area are displays from these cultures: Russia, China, South Korea, Denmark, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands. Thank you parents! Come and take a look at our constantly changing family culture displays. Would you like to share part of your family’s culture? Create a display or set up a time with your child’s teacher to come into the class and tell us about something you value from your culture.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: With our exploration of punctuation the children are getting lots of opportunities for free-writing. For some it can be more difficult to come up with writing ideas. You can help by reminding your child about daily events that could be a subject of writing. “We looked all over for your boot this morning – hey that would make a good small moment story.”  or “Remember that warm, sunny day at Grandma’s house? You could write about how it felt to be there.” Or send in photos of family members, trips, pets, or events to keep in your child’s writing folder for inspiration.

Spelling/Word Study: Can your child recognize these words from last week without trying to sound them out?  talk, said, have, all, your, saw  Can he spell them in his own writing?

Next week we continue with sight words. Again, these are words that don’t follow phonetic spelling rules and are used frequently in first grade reading and writing. Here are the words for next week: there, from, thing, they, want, went (can he hear the difference in these last two words?)

Math Focus for Next Week: We will begin to partition 3-digit numbers into hundreds, tens and units, like this:  257 is 200 + 50 + 7 or 2 hundreds and 5 tens and 7 ones. We will also begin work on rounding numbers to the closest ten.

Home Connection: Using one and ten ruble coins and 100 ruble notes works great for this. Give your child a mix of bills and coins and ask them to find out how much it is. How many hundreds, tens, and ones is it? How much is it altogether? Can you write that amount? How much will it be if I add 2 hundred-ruble notes to it? How much if I add 3 ten-ruble coins to it. Can you represent it another way? Draw what it would look like with our hundreds, tens and ones blocks. For rounding – use a number line (a tape measure works great for this). Ask your child to find the multiples of ten. Choose a number less than 100 and ask your child which multiple of ten it is closest to. Practice several times, then remove the number line and try it again.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led Conferences

Friday, April 10Spirit Day Dress as your favorite movie star/character/author/job

Friday, April 10Last day of activities

April 13-17 – No School – Spring Break

Monday, April 27New session of After School Activities Begins

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