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First Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

First Grade

We had a wonderful last week of first grade! We wrapped up units, reflected on the year, and had fun enjoying each other’s company. Check out the pictures from our water day below!   In Math we wrapped up our unit on money with a Parfait Cafe! First graders each had a pretend dollar to spend on toppings for a yogurt parfait. They had to add up the total and tell us how much change they should get.   In Writing Workshop, we reflected on all the different genres of writing we learned this year: small moment stories, opinion writing,...
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First Grade News: Week of June 4th

In Math, we finished our introduction into multiplication and division. First graders showed off their knowledge of multiplication by making skyscraper arrays! We then began to learn about money. This week we learned the value of coins, and practiced counting money. We played two new math games: race to one dollar, and money compare.   In Social Studies we learned about different ways to reduce our energy consumption. We reread a favorite book from Kindergarten, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” It’s the true story of a boy who lived in Malawi and taught himself to build a windmill. In...
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First Grade News

June 8th is Spirit Day! Students are invited to wear orange and white to school.   This week in First Grade we went on a field trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. We learned all about flowering plants and planted our own geraniums to take home!   In Social Studies, we made reusable bags out of old tshirts. First graders will use these bags at our Shuk next week.   In math we started exploring multiplication and division! They added groups of the same number to multiply, and practiced putting larger numbers into equal groups to divide.     We’re...
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First Grade News: Week of May 14th

We finished up our poetry unit this week by revising and editing our poems. First grade poets read their poems aloud and listened for line breaks. They rewrote their poems and used watercolor paints to make them look like poems out of our poetry books. First graders were excited to display these poems at their siddur ceremony!   First grade mathematicians continued to practice addition with regrouping and even started subtraction with regrouping. We remembered how to add or subtract the ones place first, and then the tens. First graders continued practicing adding using the vertical algorithm.   In Social...
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First Grade News: Week of May 7th

This week the first graders found out the winner of the Irma Black Awards. The winner is “7 ate 9” by Tara Lazar. We reread it to celebrate! In Science we used venn diagrams to compare and contrast aquariums and terrariums. Next week, first graders will create giant murals depicting our aquariums and terrariums. This week they sketched how it will look and brainstormed a list of materials. First grade mathematicians revisited addition with regrouping this week. We remembered how to add the ones place first, and then the tens. First graders continued practicing adding using the vertical algorithm. Our...
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First Grade News

We enjoyed a taste of warmth and sun this week! Please check out our photos of Lag B’Omer below.   This week we finished our class read aloud “Charlotte’s Web,” learned more about poetry, explored the 100 chart in Math, and observed millipedes and pill bugs in Science.     On Kesher Day, first graders showed off their math skills. They taught their special guests two different math games that explore place value.   In the Hebrew classroom, we spoke about Lag Ba’Omer. We learned that many years ago the Jewish people used bonfires to communicate with each other. The first graders...
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First Grade News

We had special visitors from Malawi this week, Chipaza and Rephael. Rephael has worked for Yamba Malawi for ten years and Chipaza is one of the farmers developing his business through Yamba Malawi’s programs. First graders interviewed Chipaza and Rephael about their lives and families in Malawi.   We started our poetry unit this week. First graders explored the poetry books in our classroom and learned new things about poetry. They noticed that not all poems rhyme, many poems have verses, some poems have patterns, and poems can be silly! We learned about seeing the world through a poet’s eyes....
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First Grade News

This week in first grade we learned numbers up to 120, reviewed place value, and practiced estimating. In Writing Workshop, students got their realistic fiction stories ready to be published! We will celebrate their stories at a mini publishing party next week.   Next week on Arbor Day, April 27th, first graders will welcome the new tree outside our building! As part of our social action, we take care of the trees outside our school. To get ready for this celebration we read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, and discussed cause and effect.   This week in our Hebrew classroom,...
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First Grade News

This week first grade writers got serious about series writing! They practiced “showing not telling,” including chapters, and adding patterns to elevate their writing. Each first grader has published at least one book in their series, and we look forward to reading the second and third installments!   In Math we learned to tell time to the hour and half hour. First graders practiced reading clocks, played “what time is it?” BINGO, and made their own practice clocks.   In Social Studies we have been preparing for Earth Day. We’ve learned all about neighborhoods and communities, and now it is...
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First Grade News

Thank you for sending in books for Malawi. They were delivered last week. This week got to see pictures of our books in their new home!   In Writing Workshop we revised and edited our first series books. To revise, we looked at the “Henry and Mudge” series and noticed what the author, Cynthia Rylant, put in her books to make them special. We noticed that she gave lots of details, made patterns, and made the action exciting. We will continue to add to our series after the break.   First grade mathematicians practiced using their most important math tool...
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