1B Class Update 1
Hello wonderful 1B Families! Our first month of First Grade was a great success. Our 1B students have done a great job of adjusting to the new routine of our school and classroom, as well as having lots of fun. We kicked off the school year with a Scavenger Hunt activity to get to know each other. On our paper, there was a bunch of pictures of different hobbies, and we had to go around the class to find out who liked to do what. We got to know our friends from last year a little bit better by exploring common interests. We also created our own sculptures using play dough to take home on the first day of school.
We have been continuing to work on to building our community and making new friends by playing fun group games and reading books about these themes. In order for us to start getting to know one another along with the classroom expectations, we created a classroom contract that described how they wanted their classroom to be. Students distilled their ideas down to being caring, respectful, clean, helpful, trying their best, etc. Each member of 1B signed the contract and have been trying their best to fulfill those qualities.
Recently, we have started to discuss our Hopes and Dreams for First Grade as a class. Today, we met with students individually to discuss their personal hopes and dreams. Having a conversation with them about this at home would be very helpful. We are very proud of their progress so far and we are excited to see what's to come! :-)
Our 1B class has been striving to create a warm and caring community where our friends feel comfortable learning as well as take risks in building independence. Our amazing first graders continue to blossom with their learning skills as we dive deeper into our ELA, Math, and IB units. We have many more things to introduce and look forward to teaching our students. We are confident that this first month will turn into a great year, as there are many exciting things yet to come! We want to thank you for your continued support and interest in being involved with our First Grade learning community. Hope you a wonderful weekend as we are sending love your way :-)
So glad to be able to form new friendships, as well as strengthen older friendships.
Love love love
Just wanted to spread the love from our hearts to yours! We love you!
Goodbye Kindergarten, hello First Grade! Happy to be a member of the 1B classroom!
First Week of School
We had so much fun going on our scavenger hunt and talking to different friends.
What do you like?
We got to know our friends better by asking them what they liked to do.
What is your hobby?
Some examples were, "Do you like to swim? Do you play tennis? Do you like to read?"
First Grade Questionnaire
We are so excited to begin this year of learning and growth with you and your child. As we begin our time together, we would like to learn about your child’s interests and unique personalities. Please write us a brief email (our class email is firstname.lastname@example.org) about your child. We have included the following questions for your consideration:
What does your child love? Please tell us what your child is passionate about or share a topic on which he or she is an expert.
What are your hopes for your child this year?
As a family member, what supports do you need? How can we work as a team to create the best school experience for your child?
Is there anything else that you would like us to know about your child?
A Day in the Life as a First Grader
Every day when we come in, we start off our day by taking a look at the morning to do list.
We take turns reading the morning message to our friends using the pointer.
We figure out the date by guessing the number and the pattern on the calendar.
Days of School
We figure out how many days have we been in school, as well as how many days are left of school.
Then we use the ten frame to count by 1s, 5s, and 10s for how many days we have been in school.
On Mondays, we fill out our "Weekend News" for morning work and share what we did over the weekend.
Days of School
In Phonics, we are practicing how to spell CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words (e.g. cat, dog, pin, etc.). To do this, we tap out each sound that we hear on our fingers (pointer, middle, ring finger) and then blend the 3 sounds together (by moving our thumb across the fingers) to say the word. We have been continuing to practice this since last year and we are now experts! Have your child do this to support them in spelling at home!
We read our CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words by using our fingers to tap out each sound and blending them together to say the word.
Practicing our letters with correct formation on our Fundations whiteboards by writing on the sky line, plane line, grass line, and worm line.
This year we get our very own Fundations magnet boards! We use the letters to spell out CVC words.
P.S. - If your child asks, Detective McHammer is Ms. Park's twin...not Ms. Park! ;-)
Building upon Unit 1's discussion regarding "tools" needed to do specific jobs, Unit 2 focuses on "tools" that people use "without hands" to help with our work. Our 1B friends were introduced to three habits of character: initiative, perseverance, and collaboration. We learned that "initiative" is being a leader and deciding what needs to be done while asking questions to help me learn. "Collaboration" means to work nicely together with other people and listen to each other's ideas. "Perseverance" means to keep trying even when something is hard and to challenge myself. Go ahead and ask your child what these words mean, and be prepared to hear them use these words in your daily conversations, they will surprise you!
In order to put these new skills to the test, we took part in a cup stacking challenge. We had to build the highest tower using cups from all classmates. We needed to make a plan so that every teammate could help build the tower. Check out the pictures below!
Learning Target Aim
Every lesson starts off by pointing our bow and arrow to shoot at the learning target aim of the day.
We looked inside the mystery box and found different tools. Then we discussed what they were and how they can be used by people.
We always end the lesson by singing our Tools Song (tune of Wheels on the Bus). "Tools can help us do our work, do our work, do our work..."
Learning Target Aim
It's very strange how Detective McHammer McHammer McHammer Hammer Hammer has an uncanny resemblance to Ms. Park...perhaps her long lost twin? Watch her in action below!
First Grade Mission
Detective McHammer McHammer McHammer Hammer Hammer has been coming into our 1B classroom during ELA to hand deliver our special daily First Grade missions.
Questions about Tools
We are using the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How) to form our questions. After creating a list of what we want to know about tools based on these pictures we are going to read books to answer them.
First Grade Mission
In Math, we wrapped up our unit where we reviewed basic Kindergarten skills including sorting and counting. We related counting to addition by using "counting on" as an addition strategy and represented a whole number by its parts using number bonds. We also started our brand new unit on Geometry. We have identified 2D shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, trapezoid, hexagon) by their attributes: how many straight sides and corners they have. We played games where we had to guess the shape based on the description of their attributes, built different shapes using straws, and formed shapes using our bodies.You can practice shapes with your child by looking for them in your home or neighborhood and discussing its attributes, such as, "How many sides and corners does this shape have?"
Crossing the Decade
The key question is "what number comes next?" You can either count in your head or use the Hundreds chart to find the pattern.
Raiyan and Nika were so proud of working together to complete the Crossing the Decade Memory Game.
We had so much fun playing the game. Feel free to continue playing at home with higher numbers!
Crossing the Decade
We have also been working very hard at mastering the art of creating number bonds so that they can recognize that two parts make a whole and writing number sentences that match our work. We also recently introduced the "counting on" strategy as a way to add more efficiently by counting on from the first addend, starting at a bigger number and counting on from it. At home, continue encouraging your child to add objects in their daily life and solving it by counting on. For example, for the following problem, "We had 6 apples and bought 4 more, how many do we have now?" Encourage your child to count on from 6, "7, 8, 9, 10" to get to the answer. Our mathematicians are off to such a great start and are excited to continue to grow their brains!
Retelling the Story
To start off, we have students come up to repeat the number story to everyone.
One friend gets to share their work on the whiteboard and explain each step by step.
We also have turn and talks where we share different strategies we used to help us.
IB: Family Diversity
In Inquiry, we've been reading and learning about how many families are the same but can also be different. Our 1B friends also had a little glimpse into Ms. Park and Ms. Copeland's family and got to see a presentation about our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Moving forward, we are going to explore some questions that they have about family and want to learn about.
To kick off our IB unit and support our discussions around family diversity, please help us answer the following questions about your child and family:
- Who are your child’s immediate family members?
- Who are the primary residents in your child’s household?
- What are some important dates or events for your family?
- What are some typical weekly routines in your household?
Additionally, please share a family photo with us, which will be displayed on our IB bulletin board throughout the family unit. Feel free to email your family photo to email@example.com or send your child in with a hard copy. Thank you for your support!
We launched our first IB unit on Families by starting off with creating a mind map of "What is Family?" We discussed who is in our family and what family means to us.
Then we created a KWL (know-want-learn) chart about Families. We are planning on filling in the "L" column to share everything we learned at the end of the unit!
Me Too Game
We identified the similarities and differences between our family and our peers. If we agreed with the statement, we stepped into the middle green line and said "Just like me!"
At BPCS, we always want to make sure we are creating a community where students come together and work with others to strengthen their academic as well as social emotional skills. Something we have added to our daily routine during closing circle is a social-emotional curriculum called "Second Step." In this program, students are called on to discuss, role-play, and play games about different social situations. This week, we focused on learning to listen and that rules tell us how to listen and act in a group so everyone can learn. The Listening Rules are: ears listening, eyes watching, voice quiet, and body still. Please feel free to talk with your children at home about ways in which to listen to others inside and outside of school.
We Work Hard and We Play Harder!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year. As part of the academic experience at Brooklyn Prospect students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialist classes during the week.
Our goal for these classes is to augment the core classroom experience by providing opportunities to engage all types of learners in very interactive subjects areas. As teachers, we hope that these exciting lessons will expose students to new experiences, and plant the seeds to help our BPCS students grow into balanced, creative, globally-minded community members.
1B's specials schedule is: Spanish (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays), Musical Theater (Wednesdays), Music (Mondays, Thursdays), and P.E. (Tuesdays, Fridays),
Espanol with Maestro Sahil
There are plenty of ways you can support our learning experience and encourage your student to grow her/his/their interest in Español by reading books at home and listening to music in Español. Participate in cultural events in your community that expose your student to the Spanish culture, such as theatre plays, concerts, and festivals.
Musical Theater with Ms. Wangerin
Music with Mr. Kramer
P.E. with Mr. James
Talk about being number one. Our 1st graders are putting in work and showing out. We are stepping into leadership roles and making some crafty moves. Yes, we’re talking about in PE; the home of physical activity where we build friendships, cultivate teamwork, and condition ourselves for future fitness endeavors. Lead by our own superstars, classes begin with student led warm up laps. We are learning the proper way to get the body primed and moving. Once moving, there’s no stopping us. We are continuously pushing our bodies, making strong advancements in active personal space and color-associated workouts. But that’s not all….We are currently working on our footwork. Getting from point A to B isn’t enough. Agility, rate of speed, coordination, and control is what’s on the horizon. We are using these skills and challenges to build upon for our next activities to come! Next up, Soccer!!!!
- We started our whole school Lit Block and each student has their own Lit Block book baggies in their book bags (with 5 books inside). Feel free to have the students read at home but please make sure that they bring the book baggies back to school DAILY so that they can read during Lit Block.
- Snack will occur around 10:30am and 1B will eat lunch at 12:30pm. Please pack a snack that matches your child’s appetite and travels well as they will eat during Lit Block where they move to another room to read. If possible, please avoid liquid based snacks, such as juice, as this will help to minimize spills.
- We are happy to announce that we will officially start using Remind App as a method of communication to ensure that all families have access to information regarding our school. In the coming days, you will receive a welcome text message from your classroom to the primary phone number we have on file. Please save this phone number, as it will be the same number used whenever your child's teachers send a notification. If you have not received a text message by Friday, September 27, please email Ms. Molina at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
- Picture Day (October 21st) is right around the corner and we are so excited! Below are a few things to keep in mind as the day approaches:
- Uniforms are not required on picture day.
- All student photos will have a TRUE BLUE background.
- We will follow up with information on pricing and how to order photos.
- There will be a picture retake day in the future.
- Remember that in First Grade, regular student dismissal is at 3:45pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and early dismissal is at 1:30pm every Wednesday!
- Please send students with a water bottle so that they are able to drink throughout the day without leaving the classroom. The water bottles will be sent home daily to be cleaned and washed.
- If you haven't already, please send your child in with an extra change of clothes in a ziploc bag with their name labeled in case of emergencies.
Important Dates to Remember
- Thursday 10/3 - Back to School Night from 6-7:30pm (K-2)
- Friday 10/4 - School wide Lice Check
- Monday 10/14 - Indigenous Peoples' Day (No school)
- Tuesday 10/15 - PD Day (No school)
- Monday 10/21 - Picture Day
- Thursday 10/31 - Halloween Parade (2:15-2:45pm)