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Learning at AASWelcome to the Anglo-American School of Moscow’s Grade 1 Team Blog. Here you will find what’s happening in Grade 1 classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spirit Day Friday! – No uniforms on Friday as the student council invites us to “Wear your favorite color” day.

Conference Sign-up – Our student-led conferences are on Wednesday, March 29. Thanks to all of the families who have signed up for their time already. This is a great opportunity for students to share their learning with you. If you haven’t signed up for a time, please do so.

How the World Works – Materials – Don’t be surprised if your first grader asks to do some “kitchen” chemistry in the coming weeks. We are looking closely at the properties of materials and trying to manipulate them by mixing, heating, freezing, etc. We keep asking ourselves, “I wonder what will happen if . . . ?” Just exploring with materials as simple as mixing water with flour and putting our hands in, is a possibility. What happens if I add more flour? More water? What happens when I mix oil and water? How does it look? What happens when I shake it? Please encourage your child to share any experiments done at home by sending photos, videos or their experiments themselves. Thank you!

Writing –   Our work continues on non-fiction information books. The kids are beginning to develop book sections with headings. Many are thinking about adding a table of contents, diagrams and pictures. Ask your child what non-fiction book he/she is currently working on in writing.

Math – It’s all about place value in math as we talk about and show two-digit numbers as tens and ones (or units). When students see numbers as tens and ones they can then begin adding and subtracting. More hands-on experience making these numbers, means fewer reversals and much greater understanding.

Home connection: Make some tens and ones to practice showing double-digit numbers at home. Put legos in stacks of ten with nine single ones to create numbers. (Show 35 – (three 10-stacks and 5 loose legos) Hook paper clips in rows of ten. Count beads by putting them in groups of ten. How many do you have? If your child can do this with ease, begin giving them basic addition and subtraction stories. “I used 46 legos to build a house, but I need 12 more to build the roof. How many legos will I use in all?” Show it with the tens and ones you have made.

Important Dates:

Friday, March 24 –  Spirit Day – Favorite Color Day – Student reports issued

Wednesday, March 29 – Student led conferences – formal uniform

Friday, March 31 – No School – staff Professional Development day

April 10-14 – No school – Spring Break

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Friday, March 10, 2017

How the World Works – Materials – We began our materials unit this week with a provocation using ice. The goal was to get students wondering about materials and how they can be manipulated. They made observations about changes in the ice as they applied, salt, food coloring, and water at various temperatures. Our next step will be to take a closer look at states of matter and their properties. Ask your child about the ice balls and what he/she tried.

Reading – How is your child’s daily reading? Are the books appropriate? Too hard? Too easy? Can your child make predictions about the story before you begin and as he/she is reading? Is there some variety in the text choices? Is it an enjoyable experience?

Writing –   We continue to read  non-fiction books and take notice of the text features that may be different from other types of writing. As we begin to see how writers do it, we are ready to try it out for ourselves. Help your child get ready to begin, by suggesting some topics he/she may know well and be able to write a non-fiction book about. (i.e. my family, spiders, dinosaurs, first grade, trees, space, winter, my home country, etc.)

Math – As we work on tens and ones in our place value study, we also continue to be problem solvers. Reading and making sense of problems is the first step in successful problem solving and development of self confidence in math. As we make sense of a problem, often by retelling, drawing, or using manipulatives, we begin to develop a variety of strategies to solve it.

Home connection: Ask your child to create and solve his/her own math problems – as is often one of the homework choices. Use toys to give the story meaning.  “Use these toy cars and tell a story with the number 8.” “ Make a subtraction problem with your stuffed animals with 6 as the answer.” “Make up a problem where the first number is not known.”  Making up our own problems, helps us to understand how math stories work.

Important Dates:

Friday, March 24 –  Spirit Day – Favorite Color Day – Student reports issued

Wednesday, March 29 – Student led conferences – formal uniform

Friday, March 31 – No School – staff Professional Development day

April 10-14 – No school – Spring Break

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Spirit Day! – Thanks for sending all of those sleepy heads in their pymamas today!

Happy Women’s Day! No school on Wednesday March 8. Thank you to all of our Moms and the women of our community for all they do for us.

Book Swap – Thursday students will be going to the used book sale. Books can be purchased for 100 rubles each or with PTO swap coupons.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys –  We wrapped up our investigation into journeys this week. We enjoyed several journeys during our study and took a look at our life journeys through our timelines. We also discussed some of our learning journeys. What was it like for you learning how to ride a bike or to swim? Many students saw evidence of their writing journeys as they took a look at their writing at the beginning of first grade compared to what they are writing now. Wow! we’ve really grown on our writing journey!

How the World Works – Materials – Next week we are excited to begin our materials unit which has more of a hands-on science focus. We will begin by investigating the properties of materials. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and dig in!

Writing –   We are beginning to look at non-fiction books and take notice of the text features that we might include in our own writing. Talk with your child about something he/she knows about that could be material for a non-fiction book. (i.e. my family, spiders, dinosaurs, first grade, trees, dogs, winter, etc.)

Math – We began working on place value this week in math. One of the most important concepts we work on is that 35 really means 3 tens and 5 ones (or units). We will spend time showing and adding two-digit numbers with tens and ones blocks, coins, and drawings.

Home connection: Ask your child if he/she can show a 2-digit number several different ways. (24, 2 tens and 4 ones, drawing of tens and ones, using ten-ruble and one-ruble coins, etc.) If this is 24, then what does 42 look like? How are they different?

Important Dates:

Wednesday, March 8 – No school – Women’s Day

Thursday, March 9 – Book swap, bring coupons or 100 rubles/book

Friday, March 24 – Student reports issued

Wednesday, March 29 – Student led conferences – formal uniform

Friday, March 31 – No school – staff professional development day

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Enjoy the week off! Safe journeys to all who are traveling! Happy Maslenitsa!

Field Day! – Thank you to our PE teachers for organizing all the great activities today. We loved having some extra time in the snow!

Field Trip Chaperones – Thank you field trip chaperones. We enjoyed yet another journey this week as we ventured to the puppet theater. We saw Pinocchio come to life!

Spirit Day – Pajama Day! – Friday, March 3 is pajama day!

New Activities! – Our next session of activities begins our first day back after the holiday. Please ensure that students, drivers, nannies, bus monitors and bus companies are aware of changes to your child’s schedule.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys –  We will have one more week in our journeys unit when we return. As many families are traveling it will give us an opportunity to share some of our family journeys when we are back in school. Students are welcome to share souvenirs, artifacts, maps or journals when they return. Happy adventures everyone!

Friendship cards – The students really enjoyed giving and receiving the Friendship cards this week. We appreciate all the efforts that families put into creating them. Thank you for making it a special day for all.

Writing –  We had a “Punctuation Celebration” today!?!!!?? The first graders got together to share some of their favorite writing pieces and show their friends how they could use punctuation to make their work more interesting.

Math – After work on measurement, time and data collection, the students will go back to focus on place value and operations after the break. As always, we encourage the children to play or create games with dice, cards, dominoes etc to continue building number sense in play.

Important Dates:

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

Monday, February 27 – New Activities begin our first day back

Friday, March 3 – Pajama Day

Wednesday, March 8 – No school – Women’s Day

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

No School tomorrow. Enjoy the long weekend!

Field Trip Thursday – Next week all of the first grade classes are off on another journey. This time we are headed to a puppet theater on Thursday, February 16. If you have not returned your child’s permission slip, please do so. Thank you in advance to our parent chaperones.

Field Day! Friday is our Winter Field Day! – Our PE teachers have organized some great activities for fun in the snow. Students should be dressed for an extended time outside. This might include a second pair of gloves or socks.

Maslenitsa – Friday we will also celebrate Maslenitsa. It is a school spirit day and students are invited to wear spring colors instead of their uniforms. When selecting clothes, please keep in mind that they will be on the field for an extended time in the morning.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys – We continue to think about journeys and how they change us. After sharing our fantastic timelines, many are seeing that journeys do not always involve going from one place to another. We are taking a closer look at some of our learning journeys. What did my writing look like in August? How has it changed? Talk to your child about a learning journey that you recall. Were there any struggles, difficulties, any sense of accomplishment? We will continue with journeys after the week off and students are welcome to share artifacts, journals or souvenirs from their travels or activities when we return.

Homework – Friendship cards – Many students are talking about their work on their friendship cards and we appreciate your assistance with this. They are excited to get and receive cards from each of their classmates. Thank you so much for helping your child with this. Please send the cards in on Monday or Tuesday for our friendship celebration on Tuesday.

Writing –  Punctuation focus continues!! Many of the first graders are experimenting with dialogue and quotation marks. “Wow!” he shouted.  What is your child writing about?

Math – We are busy surveying our classmates and representing the data in our own graphs. Students are also interpreting the information from their classmates graphs and making statements about them. “More kids in our class like dogs than cats.” “Five fewer kids like vanilla than chocolate ice cream.” “Most of the kids in our class like Batman.” Ask your child about his/her survey and graph.

Important Dates:

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff professional development

Thursday, February 16 – Puppet Theater Field trip – all first grades

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day and Maslenitsa celebration – wear spring colors

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Friday, February 3, 2017

No School Friday – Staff professional development

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys – Many students have enjoyed sharing their timelines this week. It is a great joy to see how much we have grown and changed. We look forward to sharing more as they come in next week. Thank you to families for all of your help in gathering photos and putting together these terrific visuals of our life journeys. As we reflect about our journeys thus far, we have been creating maps and sculptures that represent some of the things we have seen. When you are here in school, check out our hallway space and displays about our journeys.

Homework – Friendship cards – In first grade we would like to continue a tradition of creating friendship cards for our classmates. We ask families to help their first graders create a card for each of their classmates and send them to school on Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. Details came home today in your child’s folder. No regular homework boxes next week as we hope students will work on a few friendship cards each day instead. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

Reading – How has your child been doing with his/her daily reading? Do you feel that the books selected have been appropriate for his/her level? Feel free to let the teacher know if you feel books have been too difficult or if your child needs a greater challenge with his/her selections. As always, daily reading should be an enjoyable experience for both of you!

Writing –  As we continue our focus on punctuation, many of the students are taking advantage of this open writing unit to experiment with different genres of writing. Although some continue to create the familiar personal narratives, some are trying comic books, stories of imagination, ‘how to’ books, etc. Ask your child what he/she has been writing in class lately.

Math – This week students began looking at data collection and graphing. This will continue next week as students will be generating questions, surveying their classmates and creating and interpreting graphs of their results.

Home connection – Your child can tally information about your family favorites and then create statements about what he/she has learned. “Two more family members like sushi than lasagne.” “Most of my family chose football as their favorite sport.”

Important Dates:

Thursday, February 9 – Train Depot field trip 1AO, 1HA, 1DC

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Thursday, February 16 – Puppet Theater Field trip – all first grades

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday is Peace Day – Elementary students are asked to wear white on Monday as they join in with Middle School’s peace day activity.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys – Our investigation into journeys and how they change us is well underway. Next week we will journey closer to home. We will be exploring the Prokrovsky neighborhood Monday morning. If your family lives in Prokrovsky Hills, we invite your child to put a sign on your house so that others can find it as classes look for landmarks for mapping. 

Ice Sculptures! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who braved the cold and joined us on our field trip on Wednesday! It was a slippy, slidey, windy, wonderful day!

Homework: Life is a Journey! Thank you to families who have completed timelines. Your work has been an inspiration to others. As was described on our homework page, families are asked to help children develop a timeline of their lives. Please include any events that are significant to your child. “Losing a first tooth, learning to swim, moving to a new place…”  Any format can be used for this. Perhaps you could discuss/list significant events, provide photos or encourage drawings for some of these events, and let your child decide how to put the information together for sharing with the class. Thanks to all our families for your help with this! Timelines may be returned anytime in the next couple of weeks.

Writing –  “What are we doing in writing?” you ask. Hmmm . . . our punctuation focus continues! Woohoo!!!

Math – As we continue our work in measurement, we will also begin working on data collection. The students will be gathering information, graphing and interpreting graphs in the next few weeks.

Home connection – Your child can begin thinking about data collection by surveying the family about favorites – ice cream, movie, sport, etc. Help them develop a range of questions that they can ask their classmates.

Reminder of skating days – Please assume your child will need skates on his assigned day as decisions to cancel skating will not be made until after the school day begins.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

Important Dates:

Monday, January 30 – Peace day – wear white

Tuesday, January 31 – photos for new students and those who were absent (formal uniform)

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Thursday, February 16 – Field Trip  – details coming soon!

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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