Welcome to AAS Grade 1!

Featured

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.

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

 The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications.

 

 

 

 

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

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications

 

 

 

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

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications.

 

 

 

.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Reports were issued electronically today. Please let the ES office know if you cannot access your child’s report. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

Coming Soon! Student-Led Conferences! – Wednesday, April 8 is our student-led conference day. No school for elementary students, just come in for your scheduled time to share your learning with your parents. If you haven’t signed up for your time yet, please do so.

Who We Are – Culture – Thank you parents! Our hallway family culture displays have already started changing. Stop by and have a look at the first grade inquiry area as different families have been adding to and changing our display. Of course, you are invited to share culturally relevant information about your family, too! This does not have to be a country specific display, as many of our families come from varied backgrounds and have picked up family traditions and routines from new places we have lived. You could help us understand your family’s culture through a display for the hall or a visit to talk to your child’s class. Come in and tell us about a tradition that is important to your family, teach us a dance, share a game, tell us about a celebration. There are many possibilities. Let your child’s teacher know if you are interested in sharing your family’s culture.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Next week we continue with . . .  “!,?.–”!?. That’s right! You guessed it . . . it’s punctuation!! Just having a look at how authors use punctuation has inspired many first grade writers to think more about it and put it to good use in their own stories – terrific! When we see what a little punctuation can do, how could we leave it out of our own writing??!!

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: We now begin a focus on sight words. Often these words don’t follow phonetic spelling rules, but are words your child will come across frequently in his reading and writing. When you see these first six words, you will understand what we mean. The goal, of course, is for your child to read and spell these words correctly in his own writing: talk, said, have, all, your, saw

Math Focus for Next Week: We will continue with our introduction to multiplication as children begin to think of  and demonstrate “3 sets of 4” as “4 + 4 + 4” and “3 X 4”. Students will also look at beginning division as grouping of objects. “If we have 8 stickers and we want to share them equally between 4 kids, how many does each child get?” A great way for students to build their understanding of division is for them to use counters or objects and share them out – “One for you, one for you, one for me . . .” How many do we each get?”

Home Connection: Divide up counters among a few stuffed toys. Can 11 counters be divided equally for 3 toys? What number might work?

Important Dates:

TODAY!  Friday, March 27  – Elementary Reports are issued electronically

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences – Have you scheduled your time?

April 13-17 – No School – Spring Break

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications.

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thanks for sending them in their sports clothes today!

Who We Are – CultureCheck out the first grade inquiry area in our hallway! Our parents have done a terrific job creating displays to share their family’s culture and traditions. If you have not had a chance to see them, please stop by and take a look. We would like to invite you to share culturally relevant information about your family, too! This does not have to be a country specific display, as many of our families come from varied backgrounds and have picked up family traditions and routines from new places we have lived. You could help us understand your family’s culture through a display for the hall or a visit to talk to your child’s class. Come in and tell us about a tradition that is important to your family, teach us a dance, share a game, tell us about a celebration.There are many possibilities. Let your child’s teacher know if you are interested in sharing your family’s culture.

Each of the teachers shared a celebration or tradition with the classes this week. Ask your child about it.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: The students will spend the next few weeks exploring texts and looking more closely at punctuation. Did you ever try to read without it? We’re learning that much of what we read aloud is enjoyable because of the expression that comes through punctuation. When we see what a little punctuation can do, how could we leave it out of our own writing??!!

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: We will be noticing r-controlled vowels with ar like far, or like for, and er, ir, ur like bird. Here are the words that will help drive this focus next week: for, are, car, girl, turn, her

Math Focus for Next Week: Many were excited to share their wrapped shapes this week. Thanks for helping with this! We will have an introduction to multiplication beginning with something the kids are already familiar with – skip counting. Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Introduce multiplication as “sets of” by making and drawing sets (Use the cubes to show 3 sets of 4). See the sets as repeated addition and then multiplication (the 3 sets of 4 is the same as 4 + 4 + 4 which is also 3 X 4)

Home Connection: Counting practice is always a great way to pass some time on the drive or walk to school. Try counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Use objects to make sets at home and tell how much it is. Make sets with your Legos. How many are in each set? How many sets did you make? How many is it all together?

Important Dates:

Friday, March 27  – Elementary Reports are issued electronically

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications.

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Welcome Mrs. Rusciano! Karen Rusciano has stepped in to complete the school year with 1FJ. She  comes to us with 27 years of teaching experience. She has 2 daughters here at AAS one in fifth grade and one in grade eight. This is her family’s third year in Moscow. The first grade teachers and students would like to say welcome to the team Mrs. Rusciano!

Friday is Sports Jersey Day! Dress in your favorite team shirt/colors or dress like you will be participating in your favorite sport.

Who We Are – Culture – The first grade classes are beginning their unit on culture. Gradually, we will be talking about and building a definition of culture as we share our backgrounds, traditions and celebrations. It is all about what makes you, you? Some of our first grade room parents have “volunteered” to share what is important in their families’ lives by creating displays for our hallway. Please stop in and have a look in the coming weeks. We hope it will inspire other families to create a display or schedule a time to come to your child’s class and share something your family values from your culture (for example: celebration, holiday, tradition, artifacts, music/dance, food, etc.)

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Many of the first graders are finding that stories are everywhere, meaning almost any event, feeling, opinion or knowledge about a topic can be put into our own writing. We will be reviewing story ideas and where writers get their ideas in the next few weeks to help give us a fresh bank of writing inspiration. Parents can help by sending in photos that will remind your child of events such as holidays, trips, time spent with Grandparents, family members, pets, etc. to be kept in our writing folders. As we have more free-choice writing sessions, we will also begin an exploration of writing conventions driven by student interest. We are hoping to see a lot more of !?””.,: and maybe some of . . . in our writing soon.

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: Its letter o again! This time it is teamed up with i and y for the oy/oi sound as in toy and coin. Here are the words that will help drive this focus next week: join, boy, annoy, enjoy, noise, soil

Math Focus for Next Week: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Introduce multiplication as “sets of” by making and drawing sets (Use the cubes to show 3 sets of 4). See the sets as repeated addition and then multiplication (the 3 sets of 4 is the same as 4 + 4 + 4 which is also 3 X 4).

Home Connection: Counting practice is always a great way to pass some time on the drive or walk to school. Try counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Use objects to make sets at home and tell how much it is. Make sets with your Legos. How many are in each set? How many sets did you make? How many is it all together?

Important Dates:

Friday, March 20 – Spirit Day! Sports jersey day

Friday, March 27  – Elementary Reports are issued electronically

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Goodbye Ms. Jayne! The first grade teachers and students are very sorry to say goodbye to Ms. Jayne today – after 9 years of dedicated service to the children of AAS! We will really miss her and wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Enjoy the Four Day Weekend! See you Tuesday!

Happy Women’s Day to all of our Mums! We know how important you are and appreciate all you do for us!  No school Monday, March 9.

110th DayWe celebrated our 110th day on Monday, March 2 (100th days are kindergarten stuff!). We visited all of the other first grade classrooms and participated in several different 110th day activities. Ask your child about making paper chains, stamping, stringing necklaces, etc. About how high is 110 cm? How long is a 110 meter walk?

Homework – As these first two weeks in March are 4-day weeks, we will continue using the same homework choice board next week.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys Most of the classes are wrapping up our Journeys unit this week. Can your child tell you about a holiday journey or a learning journey he/she has experienced? What journey would he/she like to embark on next? Is there a place you would like to visit? Or something new you would like to learn?

Who We Are – CultureNext week many of the classes will begin our unit on culture. Gradually, we will begin talking about and defining culture as we share our backgrounds, traditions and celebrations. It is all about what makes you, you?

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Many of the first graders are showing a good understanding of opinion writing. In fact, we are finding this to be an opinionated bunch! In the coming weeks, students will have more opportunities to experiment with the writing forms that interest them most. As we have more free-choice writing sessions, we will also begin an exploration of writing conventions driven by student interest. We are hoping to see a lot more of !?””.,: and maybe some of . . . in our writing soon.

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: More work with letter o. So we have learned that letter o can have the short sound (like hot, stop) or long sound (like home, soap), or put two together (for zoo, cool, or good, took). Now we will put o with u and w (for now and out) and sometimes with w for the long sound (snow and grow). Hmmm . . . there are so many possibilities – it can be very confusing. Here are the words we will continue with next week: out, down, house, how, snow, slow

Math Focus for Next Week: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Use 10 and 20 to add 9 and 19. Now that we are good at adding 10, can we use it to add 9 and 11. (If 26 and 10 is 36, what is 26 and 9? 26 add 10 and take-away 1)

Home Connection: Counting practice is always a great way to pass some time on the drive or walk to school. Try counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Practice adding 10 to 2-digit numbers. If this is difficult at first, ask your child to show it by drawing tens and ones or using tens and ones coins. Soon he/she should be able to visualize the tens and ones and be able to mentally take-away or add a ten. When he/she is feeling comfortable with that, begin adding 9 (add 10 and take-away 1).

Important Dates:

Friday, March 6 – No School  – staff professional development day

Monday, March 9 – No School – Women’s Day

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences

 

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications.