1B Family Update

March 31, 2017

Dear Families

Happy Spring. We have begun the last term of 1st grade as we encourage more independence and prepare students to be 2nd graders! See below for updates from the last two weeks.


In math, we finished our unit on measurement and data. Students measured objects in centimeters using ones cubes and rulers and compared the lengths of different objects. With data, students learned about two ways to organize data: tally marks and bar graphs. They analyzed data by answering questions such as, "How many more students like pizza than spaghetti?" As a final project, students selected their own research question, collected data from all their classmates using tally marks, organized the data into a bar graph, and analyzed the data by writing and answering questions such as "How many fewer students chose ____ than ____?" or "How many students answered your survey?" by adding up the total number of students. They seemed to really enjoy this project as it was very hands-on and based on their own interest.


We are becoming fairy tale experts! Recently, we learned that fairy tale characters often fall into two categories: good and evil. To identify those characteristics we use information from the text and pictures to identify whether their actions placed them into the good or into the evil category. After that, we explored how the problem and solution in fairy tales are unique because often times it is the evil character who causes a problem for the good character. If you have fairy tales at home, ask us to tell you what makes the characters, problem and solution unique to fairy tales.


Now that we know how to state reasons to support our opinion, we are working on next is persuading our reader to agree with our opinion. To do this, we start our writing with a “catchy intro” where we ask our reader a question to hook them into reading our writing. Also, we are working to add details as a way to explain our reasons and further support our opinion.

Amy Czaja and Kendra Thomas

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Thursday, March 30 | Art Night for Parents
  • Saturday, April 1-2 | Greenlight Bookstore Fundraiser
  • Thursday, April 6 | Third Grade Parent Coffee
  • Monday, April 10 - Tuesday, April 18 | Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 25 | Second Grade Parent Coffee
  • Wednesday, April 26 | PTSO General Body Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 02-04 | NYS Math Exam
  • Saturday, May 20 | Community Service, Fort Greene Park
  • Tuesday, June 20 | Field Day

Inquirer Student of the Week #1: Etcher

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Etcher has demonstrated our learner profile for March: inquirer. Inquirers are curious, ask questions and love to to learn. Here are examples from classmates of how Etcher showed that he is an inquirer:

  • You ask questions almost every time I see you.
  • At Math Block one time when we were learning about length, he said, "What does overlap mean?"
  • He raises his hand to participate a lot.
  • Everyday I see Etcher when we're reading a book he asks what something means.
  • When Etcher raises his hand, he's an inquirer. He answers questions, and he learns what he wanted to learn about. And he's always raising his hand to get information.
  • in writing, if there was a word that Etcher didn't know what it meant, instead of guessing what it meant, he would raise his hand and ask and that's being an inquirer.

Inquirer Student of the Week #2: Anjoola

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Anjoola has also demonstrated our learner profile for March: inquirer. Here are examples from classmates of how she showed that she is an inquirer:

  • Anjoola is an inquirer because when I look back on the rug, I see her hand shooting up.
  • How Anjoola is an inquirer is by asking questions like, "What does this this word mean?"
  • Say we were reading I, Amber Brown and there was a big word like a third grade word then she wouldn't just guess what it meant, she would raise her hand and ask.
  • She asked a question then when she got the answer, she was thinking about it more and made a comment.
  • At the table,when we have free time or writing and she does not know a word, she sometimes asks me or Maya or Jasper to tell her how to spell it.
  • Anjoola has been being an inquirer because she was raising her hand.

Inquirer Student of the Week #3: Gregory

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Gregory has also demonstrated our learner profile for March: inquirer. Here are examples from classmates of how he showed that she is an inquirer:

  • You have been an inquirer by learning to participate and giving other people a chance to ask a question.

  • This morning, during morning work, you were asking Ms. Czaja questions about telling time and didn't give up.

  • Gregory has been an inquirer because whenever I turn around, his hand is shooting up.

  • Gregory has one question after another.

  • Now you participate.
  • You have been asking questions a lot I noticed.
  • Not just at the rug, but he's at my table and he asks so many questions to me because I think he likes he likes to learn and also he wants to know what he's doing if he wasn't here.

Classroom Photos

Science Update

First Grade Scientists wrapped up their unit on States of Matter by exploring two very different mixtures: slime and ooblek. In our first week together we made slime (recipe below) by mixing school, water and liquid starch together. Once we combined the ingredients, we worked with the slime to explore the texture, if it held a shape, or did not. We classified slime as a viscous liquid, and listed other liquids that fit into this category, including maple syrup- yum!

Next we made ooblek. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” In the story, oobleck, a gooey green substance, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom.

Next we will investigate Weather and Seasons. We began with tracking weather and noticing trends. We will move on to how rotation and orbit of the Earth dictates seasons, temperature and other weather factors.

Liquid Starch Slime

  • 1/2 Cup of Elmer’s Washable Nontoxic Clear Glue or White Glue

  • 1/2 Cup of Liquid Starch

  • 1/2 Cup of Water

  • Measuring Cup

  • 2 bowls and a spoon

  • food coloring, confetti, glitter {optional}

Oobleck Ingredients

  • 1 cup water

  • 1.5 to 2 cups cornstarch

  • Small amount of food coloring (optional)

Photos from ART!!

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Photos from Calligraphy Performance with Taisan Tanaka!!

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Greetings First Grade Families!

Your dancers finished their Jazz dance unit where they explored smooth and sharp movements and worked with partners and small groups to teach and learn choreography. Please enjoy our video below.
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