1B Update #8

January 29, 2016

What's happening in 1B

Announcing our Learner Profile of the Month! Each month several students are nominated to represent the class as ambassadors who model the characteristics of the profile from that month. Check out below for the Learner Profiles for December and January.


We are publishing! We took our previously written stories, edited them and then wrote a final copy in pen! Whew, it was a lot of work! If we like to write at home, going through the same process may increase our stamina when working on a single piece of writing. Encourage us to write our first draft and then make any edits by erasing and fixing. Then we would be ready to copy over with a black felt tip pen.


Our experiments have begun! We have started discussing the word “change” and the types of changes that can be made. First up was cutting a solid (an apple) and observing what happened. Then we talked about ice as our current understanding is that ice is a solid. We used blue ice cubes so we could see the change better when we let them melt at room temperature as well as applying warm water. This helped us explore heat as a change that can be applied to a state of matter. A way to have this unit at home is to explore the types of change that can be made to food when cooking.


We’ve been working on different strategies to solve subtraction problems. We’ve been learning how to make a ten and pull apart a ten from problems. Since we knew how to make and find a ten. We practiced counting on to make ten and taking from ten. If I wanted to solve 11-9, I’m going to start with 9 and count on. Niiiine, 10, 11. I will be left with two fingers up. The strategy of taking from a ten we would split 11 into 10 and 1, but we would work with the 10. We would subtract 10-9=1, then add 1+1=2. 1B has learned that counting on is not only used for addition problems, but you can use this strategy for subtraction problems as well. To support at home have your child practice these same strategies with different subtraction problems.

We’ve started exploring measurement! We started by exploring different objects that can be used as measuring tools -- our units of measure -- and measured the same classroom objects. Through this we discovered that it is important to all follow the same rules to measuring so we made a list of our own: 1.) Measure from endpoint to endpoint. 2.) Measure in a straight line. 3.) Make sure the edges of your your unit of measure are touching so there is no space between. A way to support us at home is to have us use an object as a unit of measure -- string, paper clips, etc. -- to measure different items in our home. Then to use a different unit of measure to measure the same objects and compare our results.

Questions to ask us are:

  • Which unit of measure is the most efficient? Why?

  • What are the rules of measuring? Did you use all three?

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The class reflected on how these students are Open-Minded. This is what they said:

"Tymarie is open-minded to all people. She listens to their ideas."

"Nasir is open-minded because he is open to being [learning] partners with people."

"Ava is open-minded because she plays with many different friends."

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The class reflected on how these students are Thinkers. This is what they said:

"Isaiah is a thinker by remembering how to be in school after having been out sick for a week."

"Hayden is the first person who raises his hand at a community meeting and has the best solution to fix a class problem."

"Annabel thinks about how she can make a different choice to help others."

Parent Notes

BPCS Spring Gala and Auction, March 12, 2016

Save the date of March 12, 2016 for Our School’s Biggest Annual Fundraiser —our Spring Gala & Auction. This year’s event will pay tribute to BPCS’s first graduating class of seniors, so we hope to have great turnout! In addition to supporting the Gala with your attendance, we are seeking volunteers to help plan as well as on the night of the event. Here are some of the things that you can do: solicit auction items, help with auction website and promotion, organize volunteers, help decide the menu, procure dessert donations, and more. You can sign up here or email auction@brooklynprospect.org to get involved — a little or a lot. We would love to have your help!

Class Start Time

A friendly reminder that we start class promptly at 8:30 in order to fit the many fun activities we have into our day. One of which is Morning Meeting where each student is greeted, participates in an activity or game, and we set goals for our day. Our doors open at 8:10 so we invite you to join us as early as then, especially if your child eats breakfast with us.

¡Abracadabra en la clase de español!

1B is exploring sus cinco sentidos (five senses). We´re using our oído, vista, olfato, gusto y tacto to identify our world. We spin the wheel of the five senses to tell our friends what to do. We also introduce the states of matter: sólido, líquido y gas. We love to play: Abracadabra con patas de rana: ¡Sólido! Abracadabra con patas de rana ¡Líquido! Abracadabra con patas de rana ¡Gas!

Please continues practice our songs and new vocabulary words.

5 Sentidos song:


Yo tenía diez perritos song:


Muchas gracias,


Introduction to the Orchestra

Students in 1B are starting this new year by exploring "The Orchestra" in music. Using ChromeBook technology, students explored a fun, interactive website SFS Kids here at school. I encourage you to continue exploring this website with your children at home, listen to orchestral works - and if possible - see live performances!

Next, to help make the music "come alive" in our 10th floor hallway, students worked to create life-sized illustrations of 1st Graders playing their favorite instruments!

In a few weeks, after the students have learned the parts of the orchestra, they will have an opportunity to create pitched and non-pitched instruments out of nontraditional instrument materials such as coffee cans, shoe boxes, and soda bottles.

To help us prepare for this, I am requesting/inviting everyone to bring in ANY objects that normally might be recycled to the "BPCS DT Music Recycling Center". Please ensure that all items are thoroughly cleaned and safe for student use (no sharps, etc).

Items can included, but are not limited to:

  • Cans of all sizes (coffee, soup, etc)
  • Jars of all sizes (baby food, salsa) - lids are a plus!
  • Boxes (wooden, plastic)
  • Bottles
  • Bags of beads/old beans/pasta/etc.
  • Unwanted kitchen supplies (pots, etc)

Thanks in advance for your help! I will show THIS VIDEO as part of class. I hope it inspires you as well as our students!

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Grooving With Ms. Siby

1B is steadily building their jazz dance, implementing the call and response peer assessment checklist, that we call JAZZ Form:
  • parallel feet
  • bent knees
  • forward lean
  • loose torso
  • silence
Ahhh, what "music" to my ears to see and hear the students check to make sure their friends are ready to dance in jazz form. Ask your dancer to show you, at home!
We've also begun to "paint" through dance. Using "paintbrushes" made with pipe insulator and colorful table clothes. 1B dancers are creating movement masterpieces that will be added to our dance curriculum share.

Kendra Thomas and Emily Vandehey