Newsworthy in November!

Miss Sachi's First Grade Stars!

Pink Oneg!

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First Grade Rocks!

Dear Parents,


Can you believe that we are already in our fourth month of school? We have had so many fun and exciting things happen to us here in 1st grade throughout the month of October!

We got to see our first theater production of Spot Goes to the Farm, visited the Aventura Firehouse and even got to check out the brand new Aventura Library!

We are working really hard during our Thanksgiving Show rehearsals and Know that it will be a show to remember! Please don’t forget that we perform at Oneg Shabbat, Friday 11/13 in the Main Sanctuary!


*Please remember to send your child in with at least two HEALTHY snacks every day. Three snacks a day is perfect for a growing 1st grader! Great ideas for healthy snacks could be fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cheese sticks, or cereal. Candy is not permitted for school. Please do not send your child with any type of candy for their snack.


*Please note that now that the weather is changing. Please send your child in with a sweater or a sweatshirt to keep in their backpacks. Make sure that they adhere to the school’s uniform policy and that the sweater is only navy blue.


*Please make sure to check our Shutterfly account for weekly adorable photo updates!


In Language Arts, we have been hard at work learning new skills while also strengthening the skills already learned. We have the “short a”, “long a”, “short e, “long e”, “short i”, “long i”, short “o” and long “o” spelling patterns under our belts! We are continuing to use the 5Ws when writing sentences. We have learned more about sentence structure and the different components of a correct sentence. This includes proper punctuation, proper capitalization and a complete subject and predicate.

Please continue to stress this at home! The more exposure they get to proper sentence structure, the better writers they become!


This month we loved visiting reading centers! Working in reading centers is not only educational, but they’re also fun and engaging! The best part of reading centers is that we can target so many crucial language arts skills all in one class. The centers may include our spelling center, our writing center, a fluency center, a center that focuses on our skill for that week and of course, everyone’s favorite, guided reading centers with our teachers!


Our main reading skill this month was Problem and Solution. We were exposed to various children’s books and fun texts to help us learn how to identify the problem and solution. We use our knowledge about problem and solution in a text, and are able to apply it to real-life situations. In the month of November we will be learning more reading comprehension skills, such as main idea & details and cause & effect.


Math:


In Math, we have built a strong foundation of number sense. We know how to read, write and model numbers from 0 to 120 in various ways! Our first math exam was a true success and we are so proud of all the wonderful results!


We are now knee deep in our addition unit. We have been working on creating a strong addition foundation. We have learned many different ways to show addition. We know the meanings of the words addend, equals and sum. We can create our own addition stories and solve the ones given to us! We know how to draw to solve, count to solve and even have begun to memorize facts up to 10. We also know how to properly read an addition sentence. We will finish up our addition unit soon and will notify you on the date of our second math exam! We are extremely excited to begin our second chapter, which is all about subtraction.


Please practice addition nightly with your child. You may use flash cards, dice, a deck of cards or create your own games at home. Having the facts of addition become automatic will really help your child here in class!


Social Studies


In Social Studies we continue to learn about the world around us! We are learning about geography and map skills. In class students are using maps to learn about a map key, cardinal directions, and symbols. During Social Studies we have talked about the holidays such as Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day. We read newspapers by Scholastic to learn why we celebrate these American holidays. We continue to talk about our roles as citizens, and what being a good citizen looks like. We will also learn about the Earth’s resources during a cross curricular unit in Science!


Our next unit in Social Studies is all about the United States. Students will learn about how the country began, important American symbols, holidays and heroes. This November, we will be holding conversations with common phrases used in a store. We will say “what do you like to drink?” and “I like to drink milk/water/soda/juice.” Students will also say “what do you like to eat?”, “I like to eat chocolate/candy/cracker”, and “I like it also”. Students will learn to write the characters “fruit, cow, water, eat, and also”. Hello China videos will be shown to better understand Chinese cultures. Students will also be participating in interactive educational games. We will have Thanksgiving activity as well.

We are very excited to learn about Thanksgiving this month! We cannot wait to celebrate Thanksgiving together. Stay tuned for more information about our Thanksgiving feast!

First Grade Visits the Aventura Firehouse!

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First Grade Visits the Aventura Library!

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Hebrew

Dear Parents,

Shalom! During the month of November our students will have conversations using the word "Todah," related to Thanksgiving. We will be thinking about the things we should be thankful for, and connecting them to our daily conversations and Tefillot to Hashem. In our Hebrew studies students will continue to learn about the Hebrew letters, vocabulary words and stories to strengthen their language skills. In our "Shalom" workbook we are learning to discuss "What do we have in the classroom?" "Mah Yesh BaKitah?" In class we conduct conversations on this topic, using singular and plural and integrating new vocabulary words and language skills into our discussion. Every week we continue to study the weekly Parasha and enjoy our Parasha Drama program on Wednesdays. We continue our discussion on the Parasha on Fridays and, as you know, we work together to write a d’var Torah each week. We focus on one main topic or idea from the Parasha and we hope you are enjoying this d’var Torah at home during

Shabbat!


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Morah Odelya and Morah Revital

Specials:


Music:

First Grade has been getting ready for their Thanksgiving presentation.

New songs that we have learned include “American All”, “Over the river” and “Turkey Tango”!


PE:

We finished off our Frisbee unit with ultimate frisbee games and will continue working on our catching,and throwing skills in Gatorball and Dodgeball games. We are using our teamwork and communication social skills in these games as well. We will finish off November with Fitness and Jump Rope units.


Art:

This month, the class, is learning about Printmaking, by using a piece of cardboard and black paint, they are creating a city that is going to be filled out with patterns and colors.


Chinese:

This November, we will be holding conversations with common phrases used in a store. We will say “what do you like to drink?” and “I like to drink milk/water/soda/juice.” Students will also say “what do you like to eat?”, “I like to eat chocolate/candy/cracker”, and “I like it also”. Students will learn to write the characters “fruit, cow, water, eat, and also”. Hello China videos will be shown to better understand Chinese cultures. Students will also be participating in interactive educational games. We will have Thanksgiving activity as well.


Spanish:

During the month of November students will begin learning all about the vowels. In Spanish the sounds of these letters differ from the English ones, so they will be identifying, recognizing, and sounding out these letters correctly. We will begin with the letter “a”. They will also work on fun and thoughtful activities for el Día de Acción de Gracias – Thanksgiving.

Wishing you and your family a meaningful Día de Acción de Gracias.