1A Classroom Update 7
Happy New Year!
Welcoming in the New Year!
Our 1A friends continue to make strides in Readers Workshop. They have continued to delve in deeper into the world of retelling by identifying the main characters, setting, and main events. In these past couple of weeks, 1A has focused on finding the problem in the story. Here we have students read through their books and place the letter P to show that is where the problem is in their story. Once this happens students must explain why it is a problem and how do they know this. The example given in the mini – lesson was through Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Students expressed what the problems in the story were (eating porridge, broken chair, and sleeping in baby bears bed) and then explained how it was a problem since Goldilocks used their things without asking permission. Next week, we will be learning how to identify the solution once we have discovered the problem. In order for our wonderful readers to keep practicing these new concepts, have them continue to look for the beginning, middle, and end of the story read and now look for the problem. Have them explain to you what the problem is and how do they know!
In this new year, our 1A authors have been working really hard on making their writing come to life. In these past couple of weeks, our authors have also turned into editors. Student’ keep working with partners to compliment each other’s writing and uses different colored pens to add punctuation marks and capital letters. In the next coming weeks, we will dive into Nonfiction Writing!
We are so proud of the strong start our 1A scholars have had in math this term! The mathematicians are learning that it is possible to have an addition problem with 3 different addends (6+5+4). When students are presented with this we encourage them to find the "10 combination," where they are asked to find the two numbers in the equation that equal 10 first. This way students understand that there is an efficient way to add these numbers together. Our next step is to continue to investigate the possible advantages of working with groups of tens. In the next several weeks, our 1A friends will be introduced to the unit of measurement! When measuring, students will learn how they must start and end at the same spot. Students will also compare two lengths to find the differences and be able to do so in a real-world experience. We are so excited!
Inquiry - What's the Matter?
Our 1a scholars been introduced to their new Inquiry Unit! STATES OF MATTER!! We began our study with a trip to the New York Hall of Science where 1A was able to investigate the different properties of soap bubbles. Since then, our students have also learned everything in our universe is made up of matter, and that matter comes in 3 different states: solid, liquid, and gas. Our scholars were fascinated to learn that everything is comprised of atoms and it is the distance between these atoms that determines whether something is a solid, liquid, or gas. Our next step in our scientific journey is to investigate the different changes matter can go through. Time to melt some ice cubes!
Our friends went out this week to have fun and release some energy!
Beatrice, Safia and Daelynne are part of the "Making of the Band" Group! They perform for all friends and BPCS members by singing songs, dancing, and cutting out some awesome pretend popcorn!
Here we have Liam and Tyler who love to build with Magna Tiles. Both mentioned how this was a famous hotel with an escalator in it! Pretty Cool!
Trip to the Hall of Science!
Our 1A scientists were asked if all bubbles come in different shapes!
Here We Go!!
Naila is ready!
Race to the Finish!
Maxine and Zac made sure they used up all their "special potion."
Hall of Science!
Here we have some friends waiting to make some amazing bubbles!
Here is Ky-Mani making bubbles with a "special potion."
Jack is definitely working with those bubbles! Way to go Jack!
First Time At The Armory!!!
On your mark, get set, and go! Our 1A friends enjoyed running the track with the help of Coach M.
Hula Hoops and Jump Rope
Our friends partnered up with some 1B friends and played games!
Our friends enjoyed playing soccer, basketball, and socializing with friends from different grades!
Reading Book Take Home Program!
Take Home Books!
The “Backpack Books” Home Program has begun! Your child will select one book on Friday to put in their yellow Take Home Folder. This book will give your child another opportunity to engage with a text at their independent reading level. Please have them read this book to you at least two times before returning it on Wednesday. For your child to receive a new book, they must bring back the previous one.
“Backpack Books” Home Program Schedule
Friday: Book goes home.
Sat - Tuesday: Child reads at least two times.
Wednesday: Book is returned.
Friday: New book goes home if previous book was returned.
Reading logs are used for us to keep track of the books being used. Please make sure you sign the reading logs when your child reads the book given. Reading logs should be returned when they are filled up on both sides. When this happens, students will be given a new log in order for them to start reading new books.
All books should be returned by Wednesday. If a child is absent, then please return the folder and the book no later than Thursday.
Please feel free to email us if you have any questions or concerns!
Take Home Folders: Please send the Take Home Folders Back On WEDNESDAY along with the books your child has. We have sent some white folders in place of the Yellow Take Home Folders but would like the original folders back.
A Science Update from Ms. Rosabal!
The Red Table
DaeLynne, Sabrina, Liam and Kohl were hard at work!
The Green Table
Aden, Akari and Charlie took turns comparing the weight of different forms of matter!
The Orange Table
Safia and Christopher B. worked together!
Physical Education Update from Coach M & M
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
To watch Liam demonstrating the cues for underhand throwing/tossing enter: 1a for the password
1A Artists Work on Self Portraits
Happy New Year from the Studio Lab!