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First Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

First Grade News: Week of February 12

We had a fun filled week in first grade. On Thursday we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar by wearing our pajamas to school!   First grade writers finished editing their teaching books this week. On Friday we had a classroom publishing party. First graders shared their books with each other and celebrated all of their hard work.   We learned about graphing this week. First graders learned how to record information using picture graphs, bar graphs, and tally charts. They worked in pairs to make their own graphs about their classmates. Some graphs include favorite olympic sport, how many siblings we...
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First Grade News

We had a blast on our trip to the National Museum of Mathematics this week! Check out our pictures below.   This week first grade writers picked a piece to be published next week. They learned how to use pictures to add more information to their teaching books, and started to edit their pieces. We also started to plan for our class publishing party. So far, we are thinking that we will share our stories and have a dance party!   As part of our Social Studies unit on mapping, first graders became cartographers and made maps of the first...
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First Grade News: Week of January 29

This week in Writing Workshop, students learned about including introductions in their information books. They studied different information texts in our classroom to see how different authors chose to start their books. They noticed that introductions can start with a question, an action, a story, or a big idea. On Thursday, each first grader shared a chapter of their book with a small group.   With the conclusion of our unit on length, first grade mathematicians finished their first math book this week! We will begin book two next week. We will also be going on our field trip to...
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First Grade News: Week of January 22nd

We had so much fun on our field trip to the Jewish Children Museum! The first graders learn about historical events throughout biblical times. Enjoy the pictures below!   First grade writers have been working hard on their information books and writing even more pages. We started writing chapter books and learned how to add a table of contents. We learned some challenging sight words this week: how, do, she, their, and number. We practiced using these words in sentences. We continued to learn new reading strategies in our reading groups. In Math we finished our unit on addition and...
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First Grade News: Week of January 15th

First grade writers have been working hard on their information books. This week they looked closely at their writing to discover how they can make it even better. We looked at a checklist of all the things they’ve learned so far, and first graders identified things they are doing really well and things they can work on. We challenged each first grader to make a goal for their writing. Some goals are to add more details or to make the beginning more exciting. We continued our study of information writing in our reading groups. Some groups read non-fictions books and...
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First Grade News: Week of January 8th

First grade writers have been diving into our new unit on nonfiction teaching books. This week we studied the book “Sharks” by Anne Schreiber and noticed how she uses pictures to add more information. She zooms in on important parts, and uses arrows and words to point out details.   In math we learned new strategies for addition with double digit numbers. We learned the “make 10” strategy and “doubles plus one.”   First grade scientists began a new unit on organisms. The discussed the differences and similarities between plants and animals.   Our Martin Luther King Tekes concluding our...
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First Grade News: 1/2 – 1/5

We were happy to see everyone back after the break!   This week we began learning about Dr. Martin Luther King. First graders shared what they already know about Dr. King and posed the questions they still have. We watched a brainpop video about his life and read “Martin’s Big Words” and “Young Martin’s Promise.” They learned about what segregation is and we discussion how Dr. King fought for what was right in a peaceful way. First graders will share some of the work they’ve done at our Martin Luther King Tekes next Friday, January 12th.    This week, we...
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First Grade: Week of December 18th

This week we learned about place value in math class. First graders practiced breaking down numbers into tens and ones. They also played two new math games: Race to 100 and Close to 20. We changed our reading groups this week, giving students a chance to read with new peers and new teachers. We also learned a new reading strategy: skip and return. If a word looks too tricky to read, sometimes it is helpful to skip it and and read the rest of the sentence first. We learned some challenging sight words this week: there, use, into, each, and...
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First Grade: Happy Hanukkah!

We’ve had a busy and festive week in first grade! First graders have been busy rehearsing for the Hebrew playing, attending school wide candle lighting, and having special Hanukkah time with their 5th grade buddies. Our lower school director, Shelley, came to read the first graders a special Hanukkah book. This week first graders focused on perfecting their lowercase handwriting. Students are expected to use lowercase and uppercase letters appropriately when writing.   In Math, first graders learned about ordinal numbers, practiced position words, and began exploring numbers 0 – 20. We noticed that when counting numbers greater than 10,...
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First Grade News: Week of December 4th

First graders had an awesome publishing party! They rehearsed their song and presentation all week and did a great job in their performance. The students worked so hard on their opinion writing about their favorite spot in the neighborhood and they were proud to share them!   In math, first graders continued learning about plane shapes and solid shapes. They used plane shapes to make their own designs of snowflakes. Their projects are hanging up outside of our classroom. They also learned about different patterns that we can make with shapes, sizes, and colors.   In Social Studies, we learned...
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