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We read It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr and discussed all the different things that make us special. On Kesher Day, we created puzzles about ourselves; each piece represented something that makes us unique. In Writing, first graders published their poems and decorated them to display at our Siddur Ceremony. We also started writing “Who Am I?” poems. We continued reading Charlotte’s Web and learned about how spiders spin their webs. In Math, we began to learn about money. This week we learned the value of coins, and practiced counting money. When counting  a group of coins, we...
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After the break we started new writing, phonics, social studies and math units!   In Writing Workshop we started writing our own poetry. In our poetry unit first graders studied different types of poems. By studying other poems, they learned to look at ordinary objects with a poet’s eyes, use patterns and repetition, experiment with line breaks, and include specific language.   We read the book “shades of people,” and discussed all the different words we can use to describe our skin color like “sandy,” “gold,” “almond,” and “cocoa.” First graders then mixed their own unique skin color in art...
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After two weeks of perfecting, mapping, and playing in our neighborhood, first graders were ready to say goodbye and send it home. We named our neighborhood “Megahood,” because it had so many different places in it. As we concluded our realistic fiction unit, we had the opportunity to celebrate our published series books with our fifth grade buddies! Then, we had a mini persuasive writing unit! First graders drew upon skills learned earlier in the year during our neighborhood review writing unit to convince their classmates to vote for their favorite Irma Black Award nominee. Each first grader made a...
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First grade writers work hard to publish their series books. Each first grader wrote at least two books in a series about the same characters. We will celebrate their writing with a mini publishing party next week. As part of our science unit on organisms, each first grader planted their own seeds. We’ll observe these plants each week as they grow into our very own herb garden. After one week, we noticed that some seeds had sprouted! In phonics we’ve been studying all the different vowel teams and the various sounds they make. We’ve learned to be careful when reading...
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Happy Purim! We’ve enjoyed a week of celebration and kindness. On Purim, we read the book “Uncle Willie’s Soup Kitchen” and then decorated and filled bags to send to CHIPS, a soup kitchen and shelter in our neighborhood.   First grade writers continue to work on their realistic fiction series books. We set goals for our writing, learned about introducing our character in the first book, and about adding dialogue to our stories.   In Math, we continued to learn how to tell time to the hour and half hour, and then began our unit on numbers to 120. Second...
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We’ve started a new genre of writing: realistic fiction. We’re studying the story “Henry and Mudge” by Cynthia Rylant as an example of the genre. Each first grader is using their amazing pretending powers to think of a character and imagine adventures for that character. We also learned to add dialogue, feelings and action to our stories.   In phonics we’ve been learning about contractions. Using our detective skills, first grader noticed that when two words are squished together to make a contraction, the apostrophe usually takes the place of vowel. We also started learning about vowel teams- two vowels...
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To celebrate Rosh Chodesh Adar Alef we are having Crazy Hat Day! Students are invited to wear a crazy hat to school on Wednesday February 6th.    First grade Mathematicians continued to learn about graphing. They learned how to read pictures graphs and use tally marks to make bar graphs. We noticed that we use graphs in our classroom, such as our tooth chart, and our independent reading graph.   We’ve started a new writing unit: information writing. In this unit, first graders are working on writing nonfiction teaching books on a topic they already know a lot about. They’ve written books about soccer, gymnastics,...
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In preparation for this week’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tekes, first graders have been learning all about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We had many discussions about segregation, boycotts, strikes, and what life was like during the Civil Rights movement. They learned that he was a citizen, just like us, who noticed something in his world wasn’t right and he worked his whole life to change it. We listened to the song “With My Own Two Hands” by Ben Harper, and thought of ways we could be good citizens and help change the world with our own two...
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We were so excited to welcome everyone back after the break. First graders transitioned seamlessly into new groups. This week we reviewed rules and routines, learned more about one another, and dove right back into our curriculum!   We took the opportunity of a new calendar year to revisit the hopes and dreams we made at the start of the year. In the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, we all made new goals for the rest of the year.   We read the book “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires. It’s about a girl who has a vision...
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We loved seeing all of you at the Publishing Party! First graders were so proud to show off all of their hard work. As you saw, we’ve been working on revising and editing our work to make it the best it can be.   Over the past two weeks, we’ve been interviewing many different community helpers. First graders have asked thoughtful questions, used their listening power to remember important information, and made beautiful posters.   In Math, we’re working on addition with numbers 0 – 20. We’ve learned several different strategies such as “make ten,” “use a number line,” and...
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