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First Grade News: 6/5-6/9

It’s hard to believe our school year is coming to a close. First graders have started to prepare to leave first grade by making their own suitcases filled with first grade memories. They even made passports to take on their journey to second grade. In Social Studies, we continue to work on going green. Last week, we learned about reducing energy consumption and made our own solar ovens out of pizza boxes. First graders enjoyed delicious nachos that were cooked using only the sun’s energy. On Thursday, we took a walk around the neighborhood and to Carroll Park. First grade...
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First Grade News: 5/22-5/26

First graders participating in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenge this week. Each first grader picked a STEAM task car and had to decide how to complete it. Tasks included “build a maze,” “build a chair,” and “build the tallest tower you can.” We talked about the importance of exercising our STEAM muscles to strengthen our problem solving skills. If their first attempt to complete the task didn’t work out, first graders had to persevere and try new solutions. We hope to do more STEAM challenges as we finish this year. First graders began writing poems this...
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First Grade News: 5/15-5/19

We’ve had another busy week in first grade! First grade mathematicians began exploring numbers 0 – 100 by using a one hundred chart. They noticed that when you go down the column on a one hundred chart, the numbers go up by 10. If you go up a column, the numbers go down by 10. In Science and Social Studies, we continued to learn about recycling! First graders explored composting. They’ve been composting in the lunch room all year, and now they are learning the process! First graders have been listening to poems by Shel Silverstein this week in preparation...
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First Grade News: 5/8-5/12

First graders enjoyed many fun events this week. They went on a field trip to the Watermark Factory and celebrated Lag B’Omer in the park on Friday. In Writer’s Workshop, we’re well underway with our animal reports. First graders put the finishing touches on their chapters and began to work on the table of contents and the cover. First grade mathematicians learned how to tell time this week! They can recognize the minute hand and the hour hand, as well as tell time on the hour and the half hour. We finished our class read aloud, Charlotte’s Web, this week!...
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First Grade News: 5/1-5/5

We had another jam packed week in first grade! In addition to our regular routines, we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut and went on a field trip to the Borough Hall Greenmarket! First grade mathematicians started to explore division! Their great sharing abilities came in hand as they learned to share objects in equal groups. First graders wrote the first chapter of their animal reports this week. They wrote about their animal’s appearance, and practiced using details in their writing. In Social Studies we made reusable bags in preparation for our Greenmarket trip. First graders got to experience first hand how we...
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First Grade News: 4/24-4/28

First Grade mathematicians have finished their unit on multiplication! This week they began writing their own multiplication sentences and learned about arrays. In preparation for our animal reports, we learned about non-fiction text features this week. First graders explored the non-fiction books in our classroom and noticed that they have certain features that most fiction books don’t have such as the glossary, captions, photographs, and maps. First graders each picked an animal to write a report on and started doing research using classroom books and iPads. Our field trip to the NYC aquarium was a blast! First graders learned more about...
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First Grade News: 4/19-4/21

We had an exciting first few days back from break. All the first graders came to school with smiles on their faces, excited to see their friends. We were so impressed with how they were able to jump right back into all their routines. We hit the ground running in the general studies classroom. First graders started learning about multiplication in Math, wrote about their passover breaks in Writing, and continued sharing books with their guided reading groups. In Science, we wrapped up our unit on organisms. First graders made a venn diagram about humans, plants, and animals. As part...
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First Grade News 4/3 – 4/7

First grade mathematicians finished up their unit on addition and subtraction with numbers 0 – 40 this week. We reviewed place value by playing some new games: place value memory and making our names out of place value rods and cubes. When we return from break, we will start multiplication!   First graders put the final touches on their book reviews this week. They decided to invite the Kindergarteners to our mini publishing party. We sent letters to the Kindergarteners inviting them to our party. First graders learned all the parts of a letter: heading (date), greeting, body, closing, and...
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First Grade News: 3/27-3/31

Our book reviews are almost finished! This week we talked about making our sentences “just right.” If a sentence if too long, shorten it and add punctuation. If a sentence is too short, use the words “and,” “but,” and “so” to add more. We learned a new punctuation mark: commas! First graders practiced using commas to separate three or more words written in a series. First grade mathematicians learned a new addition strategy this week: adding the ones first, and then the tens. We read another Irma Black Book Award nominee this week: “A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment...
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First Grade News: 3/13-3/24

Purim/Passover Sock Drive: Friday, March 10th – Friday, April 7th Our Senesh Sock Drive is the grassroots way to fulfill an unmet need of homeless men, women, and children. All sizes of new socks needed! The socks will be delivered to CAMBA’s Flagstone Family Center.  Collection box is outside of the library. First grade writers have been hard at work on their book reviews. This week they learned to hook the reader with a catchy introduction, and to conclude their piece by restating the main idea. First graders who have finished their reviews used revision checklists to make sure their...
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