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Welcome 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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Goodbye! Best wishes to all of our first grade families who are moving on to new countries, new jobs, new schools, and new adventures!

Safe journeys everyone!

Reports – Your child’s final report will be issued at 16:00 today on netclassroom. Please see the email from the office sent earlier this week to access them.

Parties! Thank you to all the first grade parents who organized and contributed to class parties this week. The kids had a great time! Special thanks to our room parents for taking a leadership role once again.

Parents, Thank you all for chaperoning class trips, tying ice skates, daily reading, sharing your culture, drying hair after swimming, helping with homework, sending birthday treats, and the many more things you have done to help your child in his/her first grade experience. We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education.

Tips for maintaining skills over the summer holiday.

Reading – 10 minutes a day (listen when you can). Read with/to your child in his first language too!

Writing – Keeping a journal is the best way to maintain skills and interest in writing. Glue/tape in pictures or souvenirs from the day, with a few sentences and drawings about the event. Draw a cartoon with speech bubbles about an event, write stories, poems, songs, etc.

Math – Games with playing cards, dice or dominoes are a great way to help build number sense. Using coins in any currency is good practice. Make up prices and have your child “buy” his dinner wherever you are.

More – The AAS website has links to many online sites that can provide interesting and educational experiences for your child.

Don’t forget to get outside and just have fun!

Enjoy the summer holiday!

 

 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two and a half days! It doesn’t seem possible that the end is here, but it is! Here’s what’s happening next week:

Monday – Class parties will begin at 2:00. Thank you to parents for organizing our end-of-year celebrations!

Wednesday:

8:25  School begins at 8:25! Not late start like usual on Wednesday.

11:00 Whole school closing ceremony – parents are welcome.

12:00 Dismissal – Goodbye!

Field trips – Sharing the Planet – We’ve had some great trips to the Darwin museum and the bee apiary. Thank you to our parent volunteers for chaperoning! The students have really made significant connections in our sharing the planet unit.

Field day was a great success! Thank you to our PE teachers for organizing this and to all the specialists for running all of those stations. Thanks to the parents and PTO who organized and ran water stations as well as providing the ice cream!

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Many first graders shared their non-fiction books with friends from other first grade classes today. We’ve learned a great deal from our friends. Please take some time to have your child share his/her informational book with your family.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 15  – class parties begin at 2:00

Wednesday, June 17 – Last day of classes, school starts at 8:25 (not regular late start), closing ceremony at 11:00, dismissal at 12:00

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Thank you PTO! It has been an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week – breakfast, snacks, treats, letters,  gifts – all very thoughtful and very much appreciated. The first grade teachers and TAs wish to thank the PTO for their very generous attention.

Thank You First Grade Parents – Thank you for contributing desserts to the support staff appreciation luncheon today. All those who keep our school running smoothly were grateful for your efforts.

Monday – Sharing the Planet T-shirts – Each of the first graders has designed his/her own “Sharing the Planet” T-shirt and we will wear these instead of school uniform shirts on Monday. We will keep the shirts here at school and change into them when we get to school on Monday. Look for your child to come home in a colorful T-shirt with his/her thoughts on how we should share the planet. 

Tuesday – Bee Apiary Field Trip! Tuesday all first grade classes are off to visit the bee apiary. This is a great way for us to see our connections to living things as well as to enjoy a day out of beeswax candle-making, learning about beekeeping, playing games, exploring the forest trees, and tasting honey. Thank you in advance to our parent chaperones! All first graders will need to bring a snack, water bottle, and lunch from home on Tuesday. 

Spirit Day on Thursday! – No uniform on Thursday. It’s dress for the beach day!

Friday Field Day!  – Students should come to school ready for activities on the field – hat, sunscreen, shoes for running, water bottle

Sharing the Planet – Connections – Most of the classes visited the Darwin Museum this week with 1FJ scheduled for Thursday, June 11. It is a great opportunity to see insects up close and personal. Ask your child about holding a cockroach or having a butterfly perched on his/her finger – a memorable experience!  Our field trips are a terrific way to help us gain an appreciation for other living things and see how our actions can affect the planet. 

Last Day of Activities Today – Please let nannies and drivers know your child’s schedule changes for next week.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Many students are finishing up and proudly sharing their informational books about a chosen creature. Much of the remaining writing time will be students choosing their own writing topics and formats. Some classes will do a review of opinion writing as students attempt to persuade peers of ways they believe we should be “Sharing the Planet”. 

Math Focus next week: We will continue to build an understanding of multiplication as repeated addition and be introduced to division as its inverse. Students will recognize multiples of 2, 5, and 10 and begin learning their multiplication facts. We will also use drawings and manipulatives to gain an understanding of halves and quarters. Did you know that half of the half is a quarter?

Home Connection: Coins are a great way to make connections between multiplication and repeated addition. Six 2-ruble coins is 6 sets of 2, or 6 X 2 or 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 +2 + 2  which is the same as two 6s or 2 X 6 or 6 + 6. Make your own multiplication problems using one, two, five and ten ruble coins. 

Important Dates: 

Friday, June 5 – Activities finished today

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

Thursday, June 11 – 1FJ field trip to the Darwin Museum

Thursday, June 11 – Spirit Day – It’s beach day – No uniforms

Friday, June 12 – Summer Field Day – dress for the weather

Friday, June 12 – school closes at 4:00 – no late buses or activities – all students must be off campus at 16:00

Monday and Tuesday, June 15 and 16 – class parties

Wednesday, June 17 – Last day of classes, school starts at 8:25 (not regular late start), closing ceremony at 11:00, dismissal at 12:00

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Support Staff Appreciation Lunch is Friday – First grade families are asked to contribute sweet treats to thank our teaching assistants, office staff, and support staff at school. We know that AAS depends greatly on these people and we wish to let them know that we appreciate all they do!.

Sharing the Planet – Connections – Most of the classes visited the woods again this week to take a first-hand look at life around us. What a difference a week makes – last week we needed jackets, this week the trees provided a pleasantly cool place to explore. As each of us investigates our chosen creature, we are beginning to build our understanding of how our actions affect living things. Ask your child about his/her chosen creature and how it might fit in a food chain or web. What would life be like without it?

Language Arts Focus Next Week: We continue to read and write informational books about living things. We are enjoying sharing the facts that we learn during our investigations.    

Math Focus next week: We will build an understanding of multiplication as repeated addition and be introduced to division as its inverse. Students will recognize multiples of 2, 5, and 10 and begin to count on and see patterns in multiplication facts. Do you see any patterns when multiplying by 10? 5? 2?

Home Connection: Coins are a great way to make connections between multiplication and repeated addition. Six 2-ruble coins is 6 sets of 2, or 6 X 2 or 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 +2 + 2  which is the same as two 6s or 2 X 6 or 6 + 6. Make your own multiplication problems using one, two, five and ten ruble coins.

Important Dates:

Tuesday June 2 – 1MA field trip to the Darwin Museum

Wednesday, June 3 – 1DC field trip to the Darwin Museum

Thursday, June 4 –  1HM field trip to the Darwin Museum

Friday, June 5 1WL field trip 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

Thursday, June 11 1FJ field trip to the Darwin Museum

Friday, June 12 – Summer Field Day

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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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