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First Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

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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First Grade News: Week of November 27th

Reminder: Our 1st grade publishing party is on Thursday, December 7th. Coffee with Karen will be from 8:15 to 8:45 and our Publishing Party begins at 8:45. We look forward to seeing you all there. First grade writers are hard at work getting ready for their publishing party next week. First graders worked with their writing partners to revise and edit their opinion writing pieces. Next week they will add the finishing touches!   Our sight words this week are we, when, your, can, and said. These are words that we put on our word wall. We expect first graders...
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First Grade: Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving week. First graders continued to strengthen their opinion writing skills, worked on their math facts, and learned about more school community helpers. We also got to celebrate Thanksgiving together as a class. We made cornbread and homemade butter to share with our fifth grade buddies. Check out our pictures from this week! In Hebrew, we learned the letter samech as well as a new vowel, which makes the “eh” sound. In Yahadut, we learned a new prayer from the amidah called harotze betshuva. We spoke about what or who reminds us to make good choices in our lives. This week’s Parasha is Vayetze, which is about Jacob...
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First Grade News: Week of November 13th

This week we learned five new sight words: but, not, all, what, and were.   First grade writers continued to work on their opinion writing. To learn more about opinion writing, we read the book Earrings by Judith Viorst. Earrings is about a young girl who is trying to convince her parents she should get her ears pierced. She uses many of the opinion writing strategies we learned about: using many reasons, adding details, and anticipating disagreement by talking back.   We also read The King of Little Things by Bil Lepp to learn about sparkly words. Sparkly words are...
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First Grade: Week of November 6th

First Graders started a new writing unit this week: opinion writing! To begin this unit, they all became judges of a polished rock competition. They picked their favorite rock and wrote about why it was the best. First graders learned about what it means to be a fair judge and how to convince someone using lots of reasons and adding details. First graders then began writing opinion pieces on some of their favorite things.   This week in Math we learned about fact families, and practiced using related facts to find the missing numbers in addition and subtraction sentences. We...
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First Grade: Week of October 30th

In preparation for our Hannah Senesh Tekes next week, first graders learned about the life of Hannah Senesh. In the general studies classroom, they learned about Hannah Senesh as a writer. We know a lot about her life because of the diary entries she kept. First graders listened to some of her diary entries and then wrote diary entries of their own.   As part of our study of our neighborhood, first graders will soon be interviewing community helpers to learn more about their jobs. This week we practiced our interview skills by interviewing each other.   First graders practiced...
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First Grade: Week of October 23rd

First graders published their first stories this week! They each chose their favorite small moment story to revise, edit and, finally, publish. On Thursday we had a mini publishing party to celebrate all of their hard work! Their published stories are now in our own classroom library.   First grade mathematicians worked on subtractions strategies this week. They learned how count up, count back, and use their knowledge of number bonds to subtract.   We started reading groups this week. Reading group are a chance to practice reading and share books with a small group of peers.   We read...
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First Grade: Week of October 16th

We had a fun and productive full week in first grade!   First grade writers are almost ready to publish their small moment stories. This week we studied the book “Night of the Veggie Monster” by George McClements to try and see how he makes his writing exciting. We noticed that he uses ellipses to build excitement and tells exact motions to help the reader make a movie in her mind. We also picked out stories to publish. We revised them on Thursday, and will start to edit on Monday.   In Math we are working on addition. First graders...
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First Grade News

First grade mathematicians reviewed number bonds this week. Number bonds help us think of different ways to break apart and put together numbers. First graders explored giant number bonds using hula hoops on the rug. They also made their own number bonds that are on display outside our classroom.   When we look at all the writing first graders have done so far, it’s hard to believe this is only the fourth week of school! This week we celebrated all of the writing we have done by having a museum walk. Each first grader picked his or her favorite story...
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First Grade News

It’s hard to believe this is only our second week of school! First graders have already written multiple stories, worked in their new math workbooks, and learned many of our classroom routines. We started handwriting this week. First graders have learned “magic c,” “o,” and “s.” We call the letter “c” magical because it can be turned into the letters o, d, a, g, and q. First grade writers are writing small moment stories: stories that zoom in on a particular moment in their lives. We’ve learned the first four steps of our writing process: think of an idea, plan,...
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