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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, January 20, 2017

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys  What better way to investigate journeys than to take a journey. So this week the first graders got out on their own journeys. Some classes headed to the woods and others hiked along the canal. Before venturing out we talked and wrote about what we might see. Upon our return we wrote about what we found, what was unexpected, and what we might do differently in the future. Many drew maps of their journey. We are hoping to gain a perspective on how journeys expand our knowledge and understanding.  We are excited about next week’s journey to the . . .

Ice Sculptures! On Wednesday all of the first grade will be taking a field trip to Victory park to see the ice sculptures. Thank you to all families who have returned the permission slips or have volunteered to chaperone the trip. Your child will need: clothes for an extended time outside (waterproof gloves please), snack and lunch from home, water bottle.

Homework: Life is a Journey! As will be described on our homework page next week, 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 . . .”  Although we will send home an A3 size paper – 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! The timelines can be returned anytime the week of January 30 – February 3.

Spirit Day on Friday! – Give your uniform a rest! On Friday students are invited to choose the clothes they would like to wear to school. (with parent approval of course!)

Writing – Punctuation! It can be so exciting!! Don’t you think? In this open writing unit, we are learning how using punctuation marks can make our writing more interesting and readable. Some of our favorite stories are all about the punctuation. Ask your child about the books Moo! or The Book with No Pictures.

Math – This week we’ve been working on linear measurement. We began measuring with nonstandard units such as blocks, paper clips, hands, feet, etc. We are learning the importance of using the same unit to measure when comparing objects as well as how to line up our measuring units for accuracy.

Home connection – Just as was suggested in the homework this week, choose a unit and make some measurements around the house. How many steps from the front door to the kitchen? How many hands wide is the table? How many feet long is my bed? How many legos high is this cup?

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:

Wednesday, January 25 – Field Trip – all first graders are going to Victory Park

Friday, January 27 – Spirit Day! No uniform – students choose what to wear

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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Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to our new first graders and their families! And Welcome Back to all returning!

Where We Are in Place and Time – Our new unit has begun with a focus on Journeys. We have had a great start as many first graders have shared their recent journeys through an artifact, a holiday journal, or their classroom personal narrative writing. If your child has not had an opportunity to share something from the holiday, please encourage him/her to do so.  This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a shell, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. Thank you to families who have already sent in maps for the children to investigate.

Skating – Many of the first graders were able to get on the ice this week to begin our skating program. 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.

Here are the first grade skating days.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

Writing – The first graders resumed school full of writing ideas and many shared events of their holidays through the personal narratives they wrote. Next week we begin an investigation into how writers use punctuation to make their writing more interesting.

Math – We started off the new year with work on measurement, including beginning to measure time with clocks and calendars. An understanding of the concept of time is just as important as being able to tell the time. You can help your child develop this sense by talking about times during the day. “Eight o’clock is bed time, that is in ten minutes.” “How long is a minute? What can we do in one minute? One hour?”

Activities – We have a limited number of activities that begin next week and most will not go to the cafeteria for a snack. Ice skaters will be sent directly to the gym at 3:30. Swimmers should be picked up by parents at 3:20. Monday Irish dancers and Number Fun students will go to the cafeteria for a snack.

Homework – We eased back into school with only reading homework this week. Look for a return of our choice boards and word cards on Monday in your child’s homework notebooks. Thanks in advance for your help choosing and adapting assignments that you feel are appropriate for your child.

From the Elementary Office   – Math and Mindset for Students

At our ES Parent meeting in October we talked about math for the 21st Century. Several parents showed an interest in participating in conversations centered on math and student mind-set. We would like to invite you to join us for these conversations. Below is information about a free online course, which consists of 6 sessions, through Stanford University that was designed for students and parents. Each session is between 10 and 20 minutes. We will meet twice to discuss what we have learned through the course.

January 17th 9:30 (after the PTO meeting)  We will discuss Part 1 (sessions 1-3)

January 31st 8:45 – We will discuss Part 2 (sessions 1-3)

If you are interested please sign up for the course at this link. Please contact Jeff Hinton with questions. jeff.hinton@aas.ru

Important Dates:

Monday, January 16 – after school swimming and skating activities begin

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

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (A little early!)

Holiday Concert – Great to see so many of you at our holiday concert this morning! The kids enjoyed being on stage and getting everyone in the holiday spirit. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Friday is a spirit day! – The student council has declared no uniforms on Friday. Wear holiday colors or your favorite clothes on Friday.

Grade One Holiday Party – Thank you in advance to all of our first grade parents who helped to organize the holiday party and to those who are contributing items or time to help make our celebration a success. The party is at 14:30 on Friday – Parents are welcome to join us! 

Skating Begins in January! Here are the first grade skating days.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM (Bring your skates to school our first day back after the holiday)

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

How We Organize Ourselves – We are wrapping up our Organizations unit this week and are hoping you can help us as we look ahead to our Journeys unit that begins in January.

As you are travelling . . .  Our next unit of inquiry is Where We Are in Place and Time –  with a focus on Journeys. Although it doesn’t  begin until January, we are thinking about it as many of us are preparing to travel over the holidays. We request that each child bring an artifact from his/her journey.  This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a shell, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. We are also collecting maps of any kind – could be a city map, park map, zoo map, mall map. As we tend to rely on electronic maps these days, if you have some paper maps that you don’t need back, we would love to have them. Encourage your child to keep a travel diary or journal. (Or course this is optional) You can begin with an empty notebook and a glue stick. Glue in ticket stubs or souvenirs. Write stories or poems. Put in photos or drawings of experiences. This can be in electronic form if you like using apps such as Book Creator, Storykit, etc. We would love to share these when we return to school. They would serve as a great jumping off point for our inquiry into journeys.

Math – Enjoy family time over the holidays and help your child continue to develop number sense and confidence by playing board games or using cards, dominoes, dice, coins, etc.

Enjoy the holidays everyone! Safe journeys to all who are travelling!

Important Dates:

Thursday, December 15 – Last day of after school activities

Friday, December 16 – Class holiday parties at 2:30 – Holiday begins at 3:30!

Monday, January 9 – School resumes

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Spirit Day! Aaargh! It was a pirate-y kind of day. Thanks for helping them show their school spirit by dressing up today.

Holiday Concert – Hope to see you next week! – Wednesday, December 14  9:30am for the grade 1-4 holiday concert.

Getting Ready to hit the ice! – First grade skate check is Monday and Tuesday.
ALL STUDENTS are required to bring in their ice skates and a hat with no tassle that will fit under the skate helmet.
We will NOT be skating. Students will be fitted for helmets and practice putting on skates. We will check the sharpness of blades. Please have new skates ready with laces in eyelets ready for lacing up. We will be on the ice when school begins in January! (Weather permitting)

Here are the first grade skate-check days next week (our actual skating days may differ):

Monday – 1WL, 1HM, 1HA bring skates and hats

Tuesday – 1AO, 1DC bring skates and hats

How We Organize Ourselves – The students participated in group building projects and soon discovered the importance of working cooperatively and having everyone fulfill his/her role. They are making connections between this work and the roles and responsibilities necessary for organizations, like our school, to function effectively.

Looking Ahead – Our next unit of inquiry is Where We Are in Place and Time –  with a focus on Journeys. Although it doesn’t  begin until January, we are thinking about it as many of us are preparing to travel over the holidays. We request that each child bring an artifact from their journey.  This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. We are also collecting maps of any kind – could be a city map, park map, zoo map, mall map. As we tend to rely on electronic maps these days, if you have some paper maps that you don’t need back, we would love to have them. Encourage your child to keep a travel diary or journal of souvenirs, ticket stubs, stories, poems, photos or drawings of his/her experiences. This can be in electronic form if you like using apps such as Book Creator, Storykit, etc. We would love to share these when we return to school. They would serve as a great jumping off point for our inquiry into journeys.

Writing – As we wrap up our ‘How to’ writing next week, many students will be bringing home their work to share with their families. We hope you get a chance to read and enjoy your child’s ‘how to’ writing.

Math – Enjoy family time over the holidays and help your child continue to develop number sense confidence by playing games with cards, dominoes, dice, coins, etc.

Leaving early? – Please let the teacher know if your child will miss any of our final week of school or be late returning in January. Also, if your family is moving and your child will not be returning to AAS in January, please let the office and teacher know. We would like to say goodbye to our classmates who are leaving.

Taganka gift bags –  Thank you to all of the first grade families who have filled and returned their Taganka gift bags already. Our Elementary Student Council are hoping more will take the time to help those in need. Thank you for your time and efforts. Bags must be returned by Tuesday.

Important Dates:

December 12-15 – Bring ice skates to school for a skate check and practice putting them on (Skating begins January 9)

Tuesday, December 13 – Taganka gift bags returned on or before this date

Wednesday, December 14 – Holiday Concert gr 1-4  9:30am

Thursday, December 15 – Last day of after school activities

Friday, December 16 – Class holiday parties – Holiday begins at 3:30!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Spirit Day Friday! Aaargh! Ahoy matey! It’s a pirate spirit day! No uniforms on Friday, instead come dressed like a pirate.

Holiday Concert – The students have been busy preparing for the holiday concert. Please keep this date and time free – Wednesday, December 14  9:30am for the grade 1-4 holiday concert.

Getting Ready to hit the ice! – DECEMBER 12th -15th  (Monday– Thursday)
ALL STUDENTS are required to bring in their ice skates to PE class for a skate check.
We will NOT be skating. Students will practice putting on skates, and we will check the sharpness of blades. Please have new skates ready with laces in eyelets ready for lacing up. We will be on the ice when school begins in January! (Weather permitting)

Bring your skates for a skate check:

Monday, December 12 – 1WL, 1HM, 1HA

Tuesday, December 13 – 1AO, 1DC

How We Organize Ourselves – The students are thinking about groups they belong to and how they are organized. What is the purpose? What are the different roles in the group? One of the homework assignments this week was designed to get students thinking about their roles and responsibilities at home. We are beginning to look more closely at our school organization and the roles and responsibilities of the people who make up our school community.

Writing – We continue with our ‘How to’ writing. Aside from sequencing the steps of a task, many students are also including an introduction and ending sentence. Ask your child about some of the ‘How to’ pieces he/she has been working on.

Math – We continue to develop our strategies for addition and subtraction. “Show how you know” or “explain your thinking” are commonly heard during our math times. Students learn there are a number of ways to solve problems and they are beginning to find strategies that work well for them.

Home Connection – Give children a problem to solve and ask them to show or tell you what strategy they used. “How would you solve 16 – 7 = ?

Leaving early? – The holiday is fast approaching! Will your child be in school through our last day, Friday, December 16? Please let the teacher know if your child will miss any of our final week of school. This will help teachers to plan activities and assist our room parents as they organize our holiday party on the last day. Also, if your family is moving and your child will not be returning to AAS in January, please let the office and teacher know.

Taganka gift bags –  Thank you to all of the first grade families who have filled and returned their Taganka gift bags already. Our Elementary Student Council are hoping more will take the time to help those in need. The list of items we hope you will include is on the bag. Thank you for your time and efforts. Bags can be returned any time through December 13th.

Important Dates:

December 12-13 – Bring ice skates to school for a skate check and practice putting them on (Skating begins January 9)

Tuesday, December 13 – Taganka gift bags returned on or before this date

Wednesday, December 14 – Holiday Concert gr 1-4  9:30am

Thursday, December 15 – Last day of after school activities

Friday, December 16 – Class holiday parties

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Conferences – It was great to meet and talk to first grade families this week about student progress and goals. Thank you!

Sharing the Planet – resources – Although we wrapped up our resources unit this week, this is a unit we will keep in mind and refer to throughout the year. Taking care of the planet is a continuing job and we want to keep thinking about reducing, reusing and recycling.

Writing – We are moving forward with our ‘How to’ writing as we think about using sequence words (first, next, then, last) as we organize our steps.

Math – As we are becoming familiar with the ways to make 10, the students are encouraged to apply what they know in solving other problems. Will thinking about ten help you to solve problems with 9 or 8?

Home Connection – Play “Card War” with your child. Split the deck. Each player turns over 2 cards and adds them. The highest number wins the cards. What strategies does your child use for adding the numbers? (Put the greatest number in your head and count on, when adding 9 think of 10, counting all of the spots)

Ready for Skating – December 12-15 all first graders will be bringing their ice skates to PE to check and practice putting them on. Your classroom teacher will let you know which day your child needs to have his/her skates at school. We will be on the ice our first week back in January!

Morning Drop off – There is supervision on the playground after 8:00 each day. We wish to avoid unsupervised students in classrooms, so please drop children off on the playground or wait with them in the cafeteria / student lounge until 8:25. Thank you.

We are very fortunate – can we help someone who isn’t? Taganka gift bags came home today. Our Elementary Student Council are hoping you will take the time to assist your child in being a globally aware citizen by helping those who are in need. More information and the list of items we hope you will include is on the bag. Thank you for your time and effort. Filled bags can be returned any time through December 13th.

Important Dates:

December 12-15 – Bring ice skates to school for a skate check and practice putting them on (Skating begins January 9)

Tuesday, December 13 – Taganka gift bags returned on or before this date

Wednesday, December 14 – Holiday Concert gr 1-5  9:30am

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending them in their PJs today. Hmmmm. . . somehow it didn’t make them sleepy.

Reports – Your child’s report was issued electronically today. If you have any difficulties accessing it, please contact the elementary office.

Conferences – Your child’s report will be a great starting point for our conferences this week. We look forward to meeting with families on Thursday for our Parent/Teacher/Student conferences. If you have not signed up for a time or cannot be there for any reason, please contact your child’s teacher. See you on Thursday!  Formal uniform – get those ties out!

Sharing the Planet – Earth’s resources –  As part of our resources unit wrap-up, some of the first graders shared their learning in our assembly today. Each child created a poster about the choices we can make to help support Earth’s resources. Several shared their posters and encouraged their prek-grade 2 audience to think about what they can do to save the planet.

Writing – Most of the classes began working on “How to” writing this week. We started by reading several “how to” stories. After initial brainstorming we learned that  there are many things we can do and teach to others.

Math – We continually work on our problem-solving skills. Many of the math stories we are currently working on have 3 numbers or multiple steps. Reading and understanding these stories is the only way to solve them. It is valuable to build understanding by illustrating the problem with drawings or manipulatives first and then representing the process with numbers and equations.

Home Connection – Ask your child to create his/her own math problems with a simple parameter. “Make up a math story where the answer is 11.”  or “Tell a math story with a missing addend – more came, but we don’t know how many.” or “Use 3 numbers in your math story.” When students create and solve their own problems they have a better understanding of the process.

Important Dates:

Thursday, November 24 – No School  – 3-way conferences – formal uniforms  

Wednesday, December 14 – Holiday Concert gr 1-5  9:30am

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