1A Classroom Update 5
1A Welcomes December!
Hello 1A parents! It seems like the time is flying by now that we are already in December! These past couple of weeks have been full of great things! We have had our time to build our Dioramas, eat at our first Thanksgiving Potluck, and let's not forget our first field trip to the Sims Recycling Center! 1A has truly had some wonderful experiences. We can't wait to see what's next! Here's a look at what has been happening in our classroom!
Greetings from 1a math! Our students have been hard at work, discovering new ways to do math and becoming the skilled mathematicians of tomorrow! We have broadened our scope of number stories to include comparison word problems (Ms. Garcia had 5 crayons. Mr. Padilla had 10 crayons. How many more crayons did Mr. Padilla have?). We have also been continuing our study of subtraction, investigating the correlation between addition and subtraction problems. Most recently we've been seeing the ways in which a math problem can be represented by both addition and subtraction number sentences. Our next step is to continue our investigation of geometric shapes! We have been so proud of everything our 1a mathematicians have accomplished!
1A has done a phenomenal job making connections to different texts they have been reading. Our students have made text to self connections where they share how the character's actions remind them of themselves, or how the what happens in the story reminds them of a past experience. To take it a step further our readers have also used a venn diagram to make a text to text connection. In this case, our friends are asked how both books/stories similar and why. As we read LLama LLama Red Pajama and Mortimer, our students filled in our classroom Venn Diagram to figure out what both stories had in common. 1A was recently introduced to efficient retelling. In these past couple of weeks, we have been reading books and have delved deeper into noticing what do we usually find in the Beginning, Middle, and End. We mentioned to 1A how we want to become retelling experts so we can retell some of their favorite stories to others who have never read these books. We emphasize how it is important to identify specific details when we read so the person listening can understand the story better! In the next couple of weeks, we will be teaching our readers how to use sequenced language while they are retelling their stories to others. For example using the word first for the beginning, then for the middle, and finally to describe what happens at the end. We are so excited!
In writing, our authors continue to add more details to their small moment stories. Students are learning how to add more action to their stories and also make attempts to add dialogue by use of quotation marks. Talk about risk takers! In these next couple of weeks, our students will dive Into the editing and the publishing world! They will be able to edit their writing by looking for capital letters and punctuation. They will also be learning how to edit their words by using the word wall to make sure those sight words match the ones in their writing!
Inquiry this term has been such a wonderful experience! Our students are so excited to show off their dioramas! They have all been diligently working to construct their special spots and comparing it to that of their peers. During the past weeks, our 1A architects got into their international homes groups and started to plan out what materials were needed to construct their homes. Before planning, our architects did some research on the homes they chose to build. They looked at pictures and made discoveries about what materials were needed to build their specific home. After, they shopped for their materials they started to build! We are so excited for you all to see the finished product!
Our Trip to the Sims Recycling Center!
Here we have our 1A friends making booklets to use before going off to the Recycling Stations!
Where does it go?
Here is Danae figuring out where would a milk carton go when it needs to be thrown away.
Here our friends are learning more about where and how the garbage is transported in New York
Where does it go?
Our First Thanksgiving Potluck!
Here we have Christopher working on his Diorama
Jack is so excited to finish his special spot!
Daelynne is hard at work making sure she fills in every single corner for her special spot!
Building homes around the world!
Here we have our 1A friends building their Huts!
Here we have our Adobe Architects getting all muddy and messy with Ms.Walsh!
Here we have our Cave Group making a plan about their materials.
Please Read All the Information Below!
Dates: Wednesday, December 16th – Friday, December 18th
- Remember, there is no school on Friday, December 18th!
Location: BPCS Downtown
Deadline: End of day before the requested appointment date
To reserve a time slot with us, enter the following link into your web browser: www.ptcfast.com/reg1
You will then be asked for an entry code, where you should enter: NXF1126095
Take Home Folders:
Take home folders have been sent home. Please be sure to return them empty on Monday. There are some of our friends who still did not hand them in. We asked them to place their work inside their backpacks.
DECEMBER 11TH - CURRICULUM SHARE
DECEMBER 16-18 - PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
DECEMBER 18th - NO SCHOOL
DECEMBER 23rd - EARLY DISMISSAL @1:30, HALF DAY BUS SERVICE PROVIDED
DECEMBER 24th - JAN 4 - WINTER BREAK
A Science Update From Ms. Rosabal!
Physical Education Update from Coach M & M
1A Artist Rock the Studio Lab!
WOW, grade one artists really worked hard in November. Their studio challenges varied greatly but the overall focus was lines — all kinds of lines! Thick, think, curvy, wavy, scalloped, diagonal, zigzag, jagged, dotted, etc.! Looking at Paul Klee’s work, we discussed how he first used lines (drawing) and then painted shapes to make his masterpieces. Our subject was houses, our challenge was ten; 10 different kinds of lines, 10 different colors, and finally 10 different patterns using lines. Check out our final composition! 1A’s paintings are currently on view outside the classroom. FYI : 1A rallied to help K artists finish their autumn foliage. They love our new staplers. Many thanks 1A!!
Happy Holidays from the Studio Lab!