1B Family Update
April 28, 2017
We've had a fun two weeks, including a field trip to see a bilingual play of The Three Little Pigs with Ms. Rosado and 1A. This was our school's first spanish field trip, and we thought it was a great success. The students loved the comical play with an alternative ending to the fairy tale we studied in class, and they even were able to meet one of the actresses after the play who went to school with Ms. Rosado! Please see below for updates.
We also started our final Inquiry unit on Celebrations and Traditions. See the photo below to see what students said they already knew about these topics. They explored artifacts and identified celebrations they wanted to learn more about. Many kids in the class wanted to learn more about Chinese New Year so we spent this past week learning about it from books, students who celebrate the holiday and an art project.
In math, we finished our unit on measurement and returned to exploring place value up to 120, introducing the hundreds. Students learned to identify the number of hundreds, tens and ones in a number and recognize that 10 tens = 100. For example, in the number 114, students should identify that there is 1 hundred, 1 ten and 4 ones or that there are 11 tens and 4 ones in the number. They also worked on writing numbers in expanded form. For example, if we know there are 8 tens in 89 and 9 ones, we can also express 89 as 80 + 9 and compared numbers up to 120 using the symbols < (less than), > (greater than) and = (equal to). This work will help students when we start adding and subtracting larger numbers next week.
Reading & Writing
Our reading unit on fairy tales and opinion writing unit is coming to an end as we start publishing our final pieces. Next up in literacy, we will explore the genre of poetry both through reading and writing. A way to support us at home is to read poems with us or discuss rhyme in song lyrics.
Amy Czaja and Kendra Thomas
Anytime, Anywhere: Mexico City
We will be traveling back in time to Mexico City in the year 400 BCE on Friday, June 2. That is just six weeks away.
Here is our goal: We will need to read 330,000 pages for our time machine to work! That means each student will need to read 31 pages a day - including Saturdays and Sundays - to secure the trip!
As we prepare for this trip, we have come up with a few projects that we would love for YOU to take the lead on. Below are the installations and interactive stations we have in mind, as well as some materials that we need. Please let us know if you are interested in leading a project or have some extra materials that you would be willing to donate or lend by using the link below:
Thank you for all you have done thus far to make our trips so magical!
Balanced Student of the Week #1: Trixie
Trixie has demonstrated our learner profile for April: balanced. Balanced students take care of their minds, bodies and feelings..Here are examples from classmates of how Trixie showed that she is balanced:
- Trixie is balanced when it's something really exciting, like when we just did the special activity in Inquiry, she didn't get too excited and stays calm. That helps the class because if everyone is silly, we won't be able to do the special activity.
- When some kids are being silly, she's focused on the teacher and ready to go outside.
- If we're going to recess or have something really exciting going on like extra choice time, she doesn't get too excited. She does happy hands.
- Trixie was being balanced because in P.E. Coach M said that she was running really fast in running in place and every P.E. time she does it really fast. She does it so fast but still has control.
- After running time, she's balanced by standing still and then when it's time to do something, she's ready.
- Every morning I usually look over at Trixie's seat and not only she looks calm and doing an activity, even her expression looks calm--sort of smiling but not jumping up and down.
- Trixie was being balanced by controlling her feelings when she was happy then she calmed down, and the strategy she uses is belly breathing.
Balanced Student of the Week #2: Azali
Azali has also demonstrated our learner profile for April: balanced. Here are examples from classmates of how she showed that she is balanced:
- I think Azali is balanced because whenever I look at her, I never heard a sign of her being upset this month.
- Azali has been balanced by asking the teacher for help with the morning work. She didn't know what a symbol meant and Ms. Czaja explained it to her.
- Sometimes when she's hurt, she tells the teacher. Lately, she has been telling the person that her feelings are hurt.
- Whenever I look at Azali at recess, if it looks like someone is upsetting, she tries to figure out the problem.
- She always asks three friends before asking the teacher.
- Azali is balanced because she controls her body on the rug.
Balanced Student of the Week #3: Ruby
- When we were reading the books about Chinese New Year, you helped say the names.
- Ruby is balanced because if someone hurt her feelings, she would tap that person and say you hurt my feelings.
- When the teacher says to do something, Ruby tries to do it right away.
- If someone is asking her to fix something like stop touching, she just says okay and stops doing what she was doing.
- Ruby was being balanced because in snack when Alice was reading a Chinese New Year book, she asked Ruby for help in Chinese and Ruby helped.
- Every time I look at Ruby, she's showing 5 and thinking about what we are learning and trying not to be distracted.
- Ruby was being balanced during Spanish she was listening and doing what she was suppose to do.
Dimes and Pennies Game
A partner dropped pennies and dimes into a cup. HIs or her partner used mental math to keep track of the total.
Students continue to work on telling time.
Students counted coins to help with their addition.
Students edited their writing and then rewrote their pieces for publishing.
Max's Magic Stick
Students continue to bring in items to share or stories to tell with the class.
Students sorted quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. Students could do this at home to practice identifying the coins and their value.
We started a new unit on Celebrations and Traditions.
Students explored artifacts from different holidays.
Students asked: What celebrations or traditions do we know about? What do we want to learn about? so that we can learn from each other throughout the unit.
Family read alouds
Family members have been visiting on Friday mornings for read alouds.
Gregory and Etcher made a pool. Gregory specifically requested a photo and for it to be featured in the SMORE :)
Max leading morning meeting
Students continue to have classroom jobs and take more ownership over the classroom.
Announcements and Reminders
ANYTIME ANYWHERE (MEXICO CITY) SIGN UP!
Below are the (SECRET) installations and interactive stations we have in mind. Please let us know if you are interested in leading a project or have some extra materials that you would be willing to donate or lend by using the link below:
Thank you for all you have done thus far to make our trips so magical!
MAY 2, 2017
We will be starting up park trips on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:00. We are looking for parent volunteers to help us chaperone the students while we are at the park. Thank you!
¡Me gusta 1B en Español!
1B explored sus cinco sentidos (five senses). We used: oído, vista, olfato, gusto y tacto to identify objects in our world. We created a 5 senses “spin the wheel” and used it to play and tell our friends what to do. We are starting the new IB Unit: Celebraciones by learning about food (La comida) in different Spanish speaking countries — mainly in México. 1B students express likes and dislikes using the phrases: Me gusta y no me gusta. ¿Qué te gusta comer? Check out the pictures and, please, continue to practicing our songs and phrases at home.
Last week First Grade saw Los tres cerditos y la loba feroz/ The 3 Pigettes and the Big Bad Lady Wolf at Teatro Sea. Students voted 5 stars, Best bilingual experience ever!!! Please check out the pictures and play review located on the 10th-floor bulletin board. Big thanks to all the parents/volunteers who joined us on this adventure!
PPS. Our next Anytime Anywhere Trip, México City (in the time of the Olmec) is scheduled for June 2nd, 400 BCE. Please help us make this adventure magical again. Sign up here or contact me directly email@example.com.
Maestra Rosado y Maestra Nivia