Room 212 News #20

January 31, 2016

Monday - No School for Students

Speed Trials

Last week we did speed trials for our Motion Science unit. We worked in the gym with lots of help from our PE teacher, Mr. Willard. Ask your student, were you faster at crawling, walking backward, or hopping? This was a great activity for practicing measurement over a long distance.

National African-American Parent Involvement Day

Monday, February 8 is NAAPID! All parents are welcome to visit Bryant and the classroom!

True and False Number Models

As you may have seen in the homework, students are comparing numbers and comparing number models (equations). We are using the > and < symbols and looking at both sides of the equal sign to see if a number model is true or false. This can be challenging, mainly because students are presented with equations in unfamiliar forms. For example:

10 = 4 + 6 (true)

2 + 5 = 3 + 4 (true)

4 - 1 = 1 + 1 (false)

Empty Paper Towel Rolls Needed

Soon we will begin an ongoing math activity called "Number Scroll." Students use blank grids to write numbers - some will make it to 1,000 before the year is over! This is an opportunity to better understand place value and see the patterns which emerge in the columns and rows of the scroll.

Comparing our Writing

Ask your student, how has your writing changed? Last week we put a current writing sample side-by-side with a piece of writing from the first week of school. Students filled out a checklist related mainly to readability - marking yes or no, for the old and the new samples. Some things we looked for:


  • spaces between words
  • best first grade spelling
  • punctuation
  • use of word walls
  • use of lowercase letters

Collecting and Examining Life

Our current science unit is the most exciting in 1st grade! We will be looking at the structure of various animals, as well as how they move and eat.


Our classroom should be receiving fish this week!

Field Trip to Wild Swan

On February 10, all Bryant first graders will visit the Wild Swan theater to see a performance of "Drum Me a Story - African Tales." We won't be taking chaperones on this trip due to limited seating. PTO is covering the cost of the tickets - thank you PTO! Please return your child's permission slip if you haven't done so yet.

Kensington Field Trip, February 24

This is a great trip taken by all first grade classes. This is a full day trip (9:30-2:00). We will spend most of the trip outside. Permission slip and more information coming next week.


Parents, if you are planning to attend, please let me know, and make sure you have completed a background check (sheet available in the office).

Volunteer During Centers

Currently we have help from college students or parents on Monday and Friday. We welcome help during Guided Reading/morning centers or Guided Math/afternoon centers, if you are available.


  • Tuesday, 10:15am or 1:15pm
  • Wednesday, 9:20am
  • Thursday, 10:25am or 1:40pm


Let me know if you are interested!

Future Field Trips...chaperones welcome.

May 5 - Hands On Museum

May 20 - Henry Ford Museum

Dates to Remember:

  • 2/1 No School for students
  • 2/8 NAAPID - parent involvement day
  • 2/10 Wild Swan trip
  • 2/15-2/19 - No School for mid-winter break