1B Classroom Update

May 18, 2019

Parent Update

Although we are nearing the last month of school, things have not slowed down in 1B. There are many exciting upcoming dates below, including another field trip! Enjoy finding out what we have been doing in the class!

A special thanks for showering us teachers with appreciation last week during Teacher Appreciation Week! Your kindness does not go unnoticed. We are grateful and lucky to be a part of your child's learning experience.

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 27 | No School | Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 28 | PTSO General Body Meeting (date change) & Board Election
  • Wednesday, May 29 | PTSO Speakers Series Event
  • Thursday, June 6 | No School | Office Open
  • Friday, June 7 | 1B Field Trip to Brooklyn Grange (more info to come)
  • Thursday, June 13 | Anytime/Anywhere to Iran (date change)
  • Thursday, June 20 | Spring Curriculum Share (K-4th Grade Only)
  • Monday, June 24 | Whole School Field Day @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Tuesday, June 25 | Last Day of Afterschool Program
  • Wednesday, June 26 | Last Day of School | Half Day @ 12pm


As we concluded our unit on learning how characters in the texts help care for birds, our 1B friends have begun learning about the story of Pale Male; a red-tailed hawk that made his nest outside of an apartment building in NYC. We've also examined the different opinions that people have about the Pale Male's nest by reading an informational text. In the article we read, there were debates to take the nest down but there were also debates to keep the nest up. Using this text as evidence, our 1B friends will be writing an opinion piece on this topic. In their opinion piece, they will have an introduction to the topic, an opinion statement and reason to explain what they believe, as well as a conclusion to wrap up their idea. At home, ask your child whether they think the nest should be kept up or taken down, and ask them what their reason for their opinion is!
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In Math, our 1B friends have been experts at regrouping when adding 2-digit and 1-digit numbers as well as 2-digit and 2-digit numbers. Using "sticks and dots," 1B knows that when there are more than 10 ones, they can "regroup" that into a tens stick. Counting by tens is more efficient than counting all the ones one at a time. In the next few weeks, we will continue practicing and strengthening our addition skills as well as subtracting with bigger digits!


In Phonics, we continue to work with closed syllablies that have 5 sounds (e.g. slump) as well as additional vowel teams (oa, oe, ow, ou, oo, ue, ew, au, and aw). Moving forward, in addition to adding the suffix 's' to these five sound words, we will begin to add the suffix -ed and -ing to the end of these words. We remind our 1B friends that they should spell the baseword first, then add the suffix ending. For example, in the word "slumped," the baseword is slump and the suffix is -ed. At home, have conversations with your child about the difference between the -ed and -ing ending!
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IB (Celebrations and Traditions)

In IB, we have been learning about the traditions of celebrations such as Lunar New Year and Ramadan. We are also about to begin our project on building dioramas for specific celebrations that we have been learning about. To support us with this project, we ask that you please send in unwanted shoe boxes with your child to school. If you have any extras, please feel free to send in more than one to ensure that every student has 1 shoe box for this project. In addition, if you have any leftover fabrics, rags, construction papers, or materials connected to a specific celebration that you'd like to donate, we appreciate those as well! We cannot wait to share these projects with you soon!

Chinese Lunar New Year

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Mardi Gras / Carnival

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Specials Update in 1B

Greetings from ART!

Hope you all are enjoying the Spring flowers and trees!

In preparation for our trip on June 13th, Grade One is investigating animals that live in Iran. Using simple shapes they already know, artists have discovered they can draw things that seem complex (including Persian animals). At the moment they are adding fur (or feathers) to their animals by collaging them with torn paper. While that may sound simple, it requires a great deal of care, overlapping, and persistence! Great work Artists!

Wait til you see their creations on display in Iran!

Many thanks,

Ms. Walsh and Ms. Drew