1B Update #14
June 3, 2015
What is happening in 1B!
June is here! Somehow the end of the year is upon us. We've begun our final units and are starting to plan our final projects. Check out below to find out what we are working on in each subject area and some other fun events that have happened.
Reading & Writing
For our last unit -- poetry -- we are linking our reading and writing units so shortly after we work on reading comprehension through poetry we are discussing the structure of poems in writing. During reading, we are identifying what defines a piece of writing as poem and how it differs from other genres. We are working on making connections to the poem and visualizing by making mental images to better understand the author’s message. A way to support us at home is to write a poem together. Try a 5 Senses poem where you can use the following sentence starters to create a poem about a topic (e.g. Summer at the park, block parties, etc.)
This last term, math has gotten more exciting for our first graders. We learned how to tell time by the hour and half hour on a digital and analog clock. We have also been working on counting money. 1B learned the value of a quarter, dime, nickel and penny. They also learned how to combine coins together by making different combinations and solving them. 1B was able to make the connection that adding money is similar to adding number problems during math. A way to support your children is by having them practice telling time at home. You can have them read the clocks at home or even create a schedule for themselves by writing out the times.
Whacky Times in Music Class!
Working together, students learned to sight read music and perform as an ensemble by playing musical "videogames"; decoding "mystery" sheet music, composing original songs and performing those songs as a group.
Brooklyn Grange Field Trip
Katie and Francis shared with us some facts about bees. Did you know that bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our food?
We asked lots of questions about how bees live.
We also practiced being statues, which is the best way to react if a bee comes near you.
Here we are feeling the wax honeycombs that bees create to put their larva or food in.
There are different types of honey based on the season it's produced in. We tasted honey from the summer! It had a ginger flavor to it.
Some of us acted out how pollen is transferred from flower to flower.
Next Friday, we land in Australia and will be swimming through The Great Barrier Reef! Continue to have your students solve those math problems and bring them to class. This is a great opportunity to have use work on quick math facts, such as doubling numbers or combining two-digit numbers by first adding the tens then the ones.
Dance With Ms. Siby
¡Y En Español!
Grade One is moving forward and fast en Español!! As part of our IB Unit Celebraciones, students celebrated birthdays (cumpleaños) and weddings (bodas) in Spanish class. We played Pin the Tale on the Donkey — moving izquierda, derecha adelante and atrás! What fun! Additionally, we made money in Español to throw it in a pretend wedding. Unlike typical Caribbean and Nigerian weddings, first-grade guests collected the money to throw over and over again. How sweet!
This week 1B began PODs in Spanish! ¡Sí, en español! It has been delightful to see your students growing and accepting the Spanish language in different and challenging ways. They are great Risk Takers! During our PODs, 1B students moved through fifteen minutes stations including reading, pronunciation, Zingo, and Twister. We are practicing our writing in Spanish too! ¡Muy bien 1B!
Please check out our pictures below and practice our new songs at home!