1B Family Update 9

February 16, 2018

Winter Break...Here We Come!!!

It has been a great two weeks before we said goodbye for break. We continued to work hard and had a ton of fun, celebrating the 100th Day of School and visiting the Queens Museum. We hope you and your family have a wonderful week and will see you back at school on Monday, February, 26th. See below for some updates.

Important Dates and Reminders


  • February 19 | President’s Day (School Closed, Office Closed)
  • February 20 - 23 | Mid-Winter Break (School Closed, Office Open)


  • We sent home yellow take-home folders with your child's work from this term. Some of the work is not yet finished so please feel free to complete these at home with your child. Please make sure to send your child back to school with these folders by Wednesday so that we can send home other important flyers or student work.
  • Please remind your child to put their book baggies in their backpack to take to school each day so that our friends can practice independent reading with their "just-right" books!



In Literacy, our friends have been hard at work drafting their ALL ABOUT BOOKS. Once our friends have researched their topics they began to draft their writing by giving extended details of their topic. In the next few weeks, our authors will be thinking different text features to add to their all about books such as headings, diagrams, table of contents, and a glossary. During RWS our friends have contimued to read nonfiction books and pulling nonfition text features they will be able to use in their All About Books!


1B has officially wrapped up their unit on data and graphing and entered the world of addition and subtraction! At the end of the unit, we also briefly touched upon how various coins look like and how much they are worth. Our 1B friends enjoyed counting up how many coins there were of each value and make a picture or bar graph with the data they collected! In our new unit, 1B was introduced to the commutative property and associate property in addition. We practiced how to add 3 addends and find the "hidden ten" by using our Rainbow to 10. Knowing all the ways to make a 10 is important for our friends as it is a "friendlier" number to work with. Hence, we learned a brand new strategy that can help us add more efficiently known as "Make a 10 to Add." When using this strategy to add, our friends decompose the smaller number into 2 parts in order to make the bigger number a 10 (e.g. 7+5 --> 7+3+2 --> 10+2=12). In these next couple of weeks, our friends will begin to learn more into addition and subtraction by figuring out fact families.


Earlier in the term, we started our Inquiry unit learning about homes and how they are the same or different around the world. These features allowed us to make our transition into our current unit which focuses on Maps and Geography. In order for our friends to grasp a deeper understanding of homes and maps, our friends have begun to research homes around the world and located them on maps. In these upcoming weeks, our friends will be solely be focusing on where we could find these special homes and what materials they are made out of. They have been exploring the environmental reasons as well as cultural reasons as to why a home is built the way it is. For our upcoming Curriculum Share, our friends will be building various types of homes from around the world and we are in need of many materials for this construction of our homes! If you happen to have the materials our students brainstormed below (or others), please send them in over when we return from break. Your donations would greatly be appreciated!

- construction paper

- air dry clay (preferably gray or white)

- woodsie dowels (various sizes)

- sand

- Straw (Hay Like)

- wood pieces

- foam bricks (white and red)

- plastic bottles/cans

- grass

- Styrofoam or wood glue

- cardboard

- Wood Sticks

Queens Museum Trip!

Last week, our first graders traveled to the Queens Museum to learn more about New York City. During the first part of our trip our friends were able to build each borough, this tactile building project gave students the opportunity to examine the interconnectedness of the city through learning the key components of each borough. They collaboratively designed and constructed temporary three-dimensional communities using wooden blocks on fabric outlines of the five boroughs. On the second half of our trip, our friends looked over the panorama of New York City, we were able to see each borough and see specific features each borough obtained. This trip made a great connection to our current Inquiry unit on maps and geography as we got to see where BPCS, famous buildings, parks, bridges, etc. were on a map! Check out how much fun we had in the pictures below!

100th Days Smarter!

Today we celebrated our 100th Day of School!! Our friends participated in a variety of activities all revolving around 100! Check out how we celebrated our 100th Day of School!!

Notes From the Studio!

Please note: if you are cleaning out, we are looking for old board games (and game pieces) for making sculptures and still lives. Thank you!

After vacation, Grade Four Leaders plan to host Round Two of the Rubix Cube Competition. This round will challenge students to solve the entire cube. Your student might want to practice over break. Below is a fun link that helps solve the cube.

How to solve a rubix cube?! Story Telling Method!


Enjoy the Olympics and Happy Chinese New Year! Many Thanks!

Ms. Drew and Ms. Walsh

¡Feliz Día de San Valentín Familias de 1B!

Español in 1B is always a fun adventure. In the past weeks they have been exploring the parts of a house/casa. They have been describing how their houses look like using the sentences, Mi casa es grande, mediana o pequeña. Tiene dormitorios, sala, cocina, baño, etc. They have also been writing and drawing the parts of the house. 1B is looking forward to do an oral presentation about their casas in Español. Furthermore, 1B keeps exploring new words every week and adding them to their Diario.

I am happy to share that they keep approaching the Spanish language with love and respect. ¡Que viva el Español!


Maestra Nivia

A Science Update From Ms. Rosabal!

Welcome to Science, First Grade!!!

Our first Science unit will be aligned with Grade 1's Maps & Geography Inquiry Study. Just as they investigate the features and purposes of maps, and how geography can be a factor in where and how we live, First Grade Scientists will use maps as a frame for understanding where different animal habitats can be found around the world. While studying maps in this way, we'll learn about the different animals that thrive in these habitats. So far, we've been focused on the deciduous forest habitats of Maine, USA and Surrey, England and have observed (through video clips and presentations) moose, otters, deer, and owls. Next up, we'll travel to the deciduous forests of Korea to learn about Jeju horses! For a more hands-on Science observation of a forest-dweller in its habitat, Ms. Rosabal broke out the compost (worm) bin, and students were able to observe how earthworms function in their cool, dark habitat of rich soil and shade. After we leave the forest, we'll be headed to the Arctic Circle to learn about how animals are adapting and surviving there.