1B Update #7

January 15, 2016

What's happening in 1B

It has been an exciting two weeks in 1B! We've had our first armory day, an assembly about safety during an emergency, a field trip to the NY Hall of Science, and the start of our Lit Block Swap. Read below to find out and check out the notes section below for important updates.


Our inquiry unit kicked off with a strong start. We began by just describing three objects we saw -- a wooden block, a bottle of water, and an inflated balloon -- and came to name them as a solid, liquid, and gas. Then we discovered that matter is everywhere! During our field trip to the NY Hall of Science, we were scientists on the hunt to find out about the different types of matter that exists in bubbles. We learned that the bubbles we made had the liquids water and soap as well as air -- a gas -- trapped inside. Up next we will start our own experiments! A way to encourage us to be scientists at home is to select two states of matter -- either a solid, a liquid or a gas -- and find a way to combine or change them.


In reading, we have continued to work on our retelling of a story. This time, we worked to identify the problem in the story and use evidence from the story to explain why it is the main problem. A way to support us at home is to ask use to retell a story that we have read together and then ask us questions about the problem.

Questions may be:

  • What is the main problem in the story?

  • Why do you think this is the main problem in the story?

  • What evidence in the book can you show me that proves why it is the main problem?


In writing, we've explored editing our stories by looking at where we needed a punctuation mark or a capital letter. To do this, we re-read our stories out loud to find when we paused or when we thought an idea ended. We then used a purple writing pen to write either a period, exclamation mark, or question mark. To edit for capital letters, we discussed many ways a capital letter is used and added them to our writing with a red writing pen. A way to support us at home is to have us write a sentence explaining a picture we've drawn. Then ask us if our writing has all the things a sentence needs: capital letters for the beginning and names, punctuation, and spaces between words.


Your Mathematicians have been working hard on remembering our Facts of Ten. We are learning how to solve problems with 3 addends in them like this one: 9+1+6=16. We are learning to work more efficiently when solving and showing our work. If we can recognize a ten in a problem then we can solve the problem quickly. For example in the previously mentioned problem, knowing that the 9 and 1 make 10 allows us to quickly add 6 more to find the total, which is 16. Working with us at home on our Facts of Ten (9+1, 8+2, 7+3, 6+4, 5+5, etc.) helps to improve our quick solving skills. A game we enjoy in class that builds our fluency with tens is Make a Ten Go Fish. A pair in Make a Ten Go Fish is 2 numbers that make a ten when added. For example, Ms. Thomas might have a 2 in her hand and ask Ms. Vandehey, "Do you have an 8?" If Ms. Vandehey does, she gives the card to Ms. Thomas and Ms. Thomas can put down her pair. If she does not, she tells Ms. Thomas to "go fish!" and Ms. Thomas pulls a card. This is a game that can be played at home together with a deck of playing cards.

Math Block has been so much fun lately. We've been working on shapes and other math games on our school iPads. Parents if there are any educational apps that you use at home with your kids, please send us an email with a list of free apps we can use in class and we will look into adding them to our school's account.

New York Hall of Science Field Trip

School Assembly: Ready New York

The NYC Emergency Management agency came to our school to present to students how they could prepare for an emergency situation, such as a hurricane. They discussed "Go Bags," supplies that you keep available to take with you if you need to leave your home. They also discussed having an "Emergency Kit" at home with items to help when you have to stay inside your home. Materials were provided and sent home today but if you are interested in learning more please visit the Ready New York page.
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Parent Notes

Backpack Books Program

The “Backpack Books” Home Program is a way for your child to have more opportunities to read at their independent reading level. The school will provide a book for your child to read at least two times to you before returning it in their yellow Take Home Folder. Please return the book and the folder together. The check out and return schedule is below.

“Backpack Books” Home Program Schedule

Friday: Book goes home.

Sat - Tuesday: Child reads at least two times. Please mark on the Reading Log that your child read the book.

Wednesday: Book is returned in yellow Take Home Folder with the Reading Log.

Friday: New book goes home if previous book was returned.

We thank you in advance for your support in helping us to ensure that these books are returned in the folders each Wednesday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The school will be closed Monday. We hope you enjoy your time with your family!

A Science Update From Ms. Rosabal!

The first grade has been rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty! Well, not dirty, but definitely wet. We're learning all about the properties of matter with lots and lots of hands-on exploration in Science class. Building on our prior knowledge about how Scientists observe using their five senses, they've used their senses of sight and touch to manipulate balloons, water balloons, and frozen water balloons. They've made some excellent observations and taken descriptive notes, which we're recording on a giant sheet of mural paper! Next up for first grade Scientists: Properties of Liquid: A Deep Dive (tee hee).

A Physical Education Update from Coach M&M

Check out what we have started in Physical Education!

Winter OLYMPICS!!! in inspiration with the upcoming summer games we are doing some indoor winter olympic activities :)

We are currently building our "Curling" skills and moving onto downhill skiing IN OUR GYM!!!! although we wish we were on the ski slopes we are modifying our games for indoor fun competitions


1B Artists Work on Self Portraits

Check out 1B's self portraits — in progress!! They've been observing details using mirrors and taking big risks with how they draw themselves! A M A Z I N G !!

Happy New Year from the Studio Lab!

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