First Grade... Summer on the Way

Miss Binder May 2015

A Fabulous Year in First Grade

The school year is winding down, but new learning is keeping us excited every day. In Reading, the classes are finishing up their novels while practicing skills such as problem and solution, facts and opinions, cause and effect, and retelling orally and summarizing in writing. We are all sharpening our spelling skills, and writing great paragraphs with all the vivid verbs we have learned. First graders love math. We all spent time working on measurement, money, time, and now 2D and 3D shapes. We will wrap up with learning to read and organize data in charts, graphs, and tables. 2-digit addition will have us working until the very end! Math time is amazing.

All of the first graders studied the importance of protecting our environment. They worked in the greenhouse with Mr. Zito and promoted the 3 Rs by making posters that are hanging up around school, reminding everyone to save water, pick up trash, turn off lights, and recycle. Our trip to Highland Oaks Park was a great way to help the planet Earth. The students picked up trash and made the park cleaner and safer. We also studied living things as well as the 6 categories of animals including mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. The students were fascinated by the idea that all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects. A spider is an arachnid, not an insect, but still a bug.

Social studies time continues to help everyone make sense of the world we live in. Connecting what they already know with the new information learned has allowed our students to understand what it means to be a citizen in this country. Through reading, writing, technology, and geography, and real life experiences celebrating holidays, doing mitzvot, and becoming a community of learners is what kept social studies alive for the students all year.

Earth Day Clean Up

We Love Learning in the Exploratorium!

First grade Lego exploration this month will connect simple machines and models for students to design sail boats and bridges. Students will construct and discuss ways machines angle, tilt, and balance forces.


A Message from the Team

Dear Parents and Families,

Wow, what a year! To better state that- what a GREAT year! We have learned a lot this year and participated in many fun and exciting projects. We have developed our language skills and prepared our students with the knowledge and skills needed for next year in their Hebrew reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities. We started to learn how to write in cursive and our students are excited to learn this new skill! Please make sure that your child completes their homework to reinforce the skills and content learned in class. We still have much to do before school ends in our Hebrew, Torah, and Holiday studies. We continue to count the Omer, the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. Shavuot is one of the main three holidays of the Torah; it is also called Chag Matan Torah, Chag Habikurim and Chag Hakatzir. In class we’ll be singing and learning about the customs of the holiday, like dressing in white and eating dairy foods.

Have a wonderful and safe summer. We hope to see you all next year!
Morah Revital, Morah Lilach and Morah Odelya

Yom Haatzmaut

P.E. with Coach Andy

Our students set their own goals for fitness this month and have shown dramatic improvement from their 1st Presidential Physical Fitness test to tests at the end of the month. What seemed like the impossible endurance run is now like a warm up, Most students that can barely do a sit up are now in top 10% of the country in this area and their upper body strength and flexibility results are way above average as well. Almost every student is now surpassing the goals they set for themselves for the end of the year already!


Learning Languages....


The beginning of May will find students talking and celebrating “CINCO DE MAYO”; this holiday commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862. It is celebrated in Mexico and many parts of the United States. They will then create a special card to honor their mom’s on Mother’s Day.To end the month, the students will work on a “summer” unit in preparation for the end of the 2014-2015 school year.


This May, we will learn different locations such as school, bus station, park, supermarket, post office, and library. Students will be speaking to each other with phrases such as “Do you go to school?” and “Yes/No, I do/do not.” They will learn how to write the character “no” in Chinese. From there we will move on to saying the locations within the house of different family members, such as “Where is mom?” and “Mom is in the park/living room/balcony/study/bathroom..” Family members include little/big brother, sisters, mom and dad. They will also be writing the character “book”.


Eric Carle Inspirations

First Grade is learning about the art of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of many many books that are very familiar with the kids.

Lag B'Omer at the JCC

Have an Awesome Summer!

This has been a truly special year for me. These 11 children are forever in my heart. I wish them continued friendship, fun, and a forever of learning. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are all doing. I would love to hear about the successes that happen for them. I am also always here for all of you if you ever need anything!!! Have a terrific summer.


Ms. Binder