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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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First Grade News: 3/6-3/10

We had an exciting week leading up to our school’s Purim celebration on Friday. In preparation for our visit to an elderly community in Chinatown on Monday, first graders learned a little bit about New York City’s Chinatown. We shared experiences of visits to Chinatown, read the book Chinatown by William Low, and compared the neighborhood of Chinatown to our own neighborhood. First grade mathematicians continue to explore place value and its use in solving addition and subtraction problems with larger numbers. In Writer’s Workshop, first graders continue to hone their persuasive writing skills with book reviews. This week we...
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First Grade News: 2/27- 3/3

Reminders Please join our school psychologist, Karen Brody, for her next first grade Coffee with Karen on Monday, March 6th from 8:15 – 9:15. Read-a-Thon pledges are due next week. Please collect pledges and send money in an envelope with your child before Friday, March 10. Purim Celebrated in School: Friday, March 10th Parents are invited to a student-led Megillah reading from 8:30-9:30am followed by a costume parade at 9:30-9:45am. Come to school in costume! Please keep in mind that weapons and group costumes are not allowed. We began the week with our 100th Day of School celebration. First Graders...
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First Grade News: 2/13-2/17

We spent this week getting pumped up for the Read-a-Thon! Remind your child to log his or her minutes spent reading over the break. On Thursday, we had dress up like a character day. First grade mathematicians wrapped up our unit on graphing this week. They learned about using tallies to keep track of large numbers, and how to turn a tally chart into a bar graph. Then they used their knowledge about graphing to learn more about each other. First graders worked in partners to make graphs about our class. Graph titles include “How Many Siblings do you Have?”...
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First Grade News: 2/6-2/10

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the 2017 seconds of reading on Tuesday. The next event to kick off the Read-a-Thon is dress like your favorite character day next Thursday, Februrary 16th. First graders have the option of dressing like a character from one of their favorite stories. We started our new math workbooks this week! We reviewed comparing numbers, and began a graphing unit. First graders are starting to read and interpret the data presented by graphs. First grade writers are readying their fiction stories for our mini publishing party next week. They used a revision checklist to...
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First Grade News: 1/30-2/3

This week we kicked off the Read-a-Thon! Over the next few weeks, we will be doing a number of fun reading activities to get excited to log minutes over the break. On Tuesday, February 7th at 8:45AM, parents, grandparents, siblings, and, nannies are invited to our gym for 2017 seconds of reading.   First grade fiction writers learned about adding dialogue to their stories. First graders learned that dialogue is when their characters talk to each other. We noticed that there are always quotation marks around what a character said. First graders made a list of words we can use...
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First Grade News: 1/23-1/27

Construction of our classroom neighborhood has begun! First graders used their great creativity and building skills to start making buildings out of the recycled materials they had brought in. They’ve started making grocery stores, schools, football stadiums, and so much more! We will continue working on this project of the next couple of weeks. We can’t wait to see how it turns out! First grade mathematicians have been comparing and measuring length. They learned to measure objects using non standard units of measurement, such as paper clips, snap cubes, and even their bodies! Our realistic fictions stories are well underway!...
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First Grade News: 1/17-1/20

We started an exciting new writing unit this week: realistic fiction. First graders used their great imaginations to make up characters, give them names, and imagine adventures for them. In Math we learned about the different properties and characteristics of shapes. First graders worked on grouping shapes according to different attributes. They ended this unit by playing shape sudoku. In Social Studies we started preparations for our recycled neighborhood project. We made a blueprint of our future neighborhood and decide what we want to be in the neighborhood. Drawing on their prior knowledge of the needs and wants of a...
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First Grade News: 1/9-1/13

First graders continued learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week. We learned about his “I Have a Dream” speech, and wrote our own dreams for the world today. Some first graders read their dream at Friday’s tekes. You can watch their performance here. All of their dreams are on display on the bulletin board outside the classroom. We finished our unit on double digit addition and subtraction. First graders showed great perseverance during this challenging unit. We will come back to this topic later in the spring. We also began learning about the properties and characteristics of shapes. First...
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First Grade News 1/3 – 1/6

We started the New Year with new academic groups: the Red Panthers and the Blue Whales. Each group worked together to pick their new names. As new groups, we also too the opportunity to set New Year’s goals for our group and for ourselves. In Social Studies, we began learning about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We read “Happy Birthday Martin Luther King,” which gave an overview of his life and explained why we celebrate his birthday each year. First graders learned the word segregation and discussed how they would feel if they were not...
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