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September Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS:

FAMILY THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 2018

 

SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

  1. Monday: Music
  2. Tuesday: Art
  3. Wednesday: Big Blocks
  4. Thursday: Art and P.E.
  5. Friday: Science

 

READING

First graders have been practicing reading quietly and independently for up to 10 minutes every morning!

Last week we read with each student individually to assess their reading strengths and create differentiated groups.  This week, students will begin to shop for book box books.  The boxes have a variety of just-right books (these books don’t feel too easy or too hard, but may have a few tricky words). Each student will fill their own book box with approximately 10 books. Students will also have 2 free choice books.  Each week, students will change those books for new ones from the Classroom Library. (More info on that to come). Additionally, each week, we will visit the School Library, where students choose one book to keep in the classroom for the week.

In reading, we try our best by…

  1. Staying in our quiet bubble
  2. Staying focused on reading the whole time
  3. Using strategies for tricky words
  4. Taking care of the books
  5. Never giving up

We have been reading with partners, discussing books, and making predictions. This month, Class 304 will study the features of fiction (characters, setting, problem, events, and solution). At home, you can ask your child to talk about the books they read, name their favorite part, what they think about the characters, and/or if they liked the book and why.

Welcome to First Grade!

August 2018

Dear First Grade Families,

Welcome to first grade!  We are so excited to meet all of you very soon.  We have been working hard during the last few weeks to get our classroom ready and plan for our first few weeks of school.  We are going to have a wonderful year filled with learning and growing as we get to know each other and build our classroom community!

Here is a little information about us…

Erin this is in her second year of teaching at Peck Slip and working with Alina. She has taught both first and second grade for 13 years. Her summer was a busy one!  Erin has a daughter, Riley, who is 6 years old and will be starting first grade too! She also has a baby, Charlotte, who is 17 months old. Erin and her family spent most of the summer at the beach, but they also took a trip to Spain. They love to spend time outdoors.

Alina has been a teacher for the past eight years, and four of them spent here at Peck Slip. This will be her fourth year with the first grade team! Alina enjoys travelling and being outdoors. This summer, she tried rock climbing for the first time and had a blast! She also spends time writing music and practicing her favorite instruments.

We want to tell you a bit about first grade so that you are as excited for this year as we are!  We will begin every day with morning meeting and will have time each day to do math, write, and of course, read! During the fall we will study seeds and get a chance to plant, observe, and write about our seeds as they grow.  Our second big study will be a surprise, but trust us, it’s a ton of fun!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ENichols2@schools.nyc.gov and AVayner@schools.nyc.gov.    We will begin checking our email when we return on September 4th .  We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to meeting you on Wednesday, September 5th.  

All the best,

Erin and Alina

 

June Newsletter

Dear Families, 

May was an exciting month for first graders (and teachers too!).  It was a treat to have families eat at Munch for Brunch.  The kids worked really hard to plan for the big day and we hope that you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. 

Writing/Restaurant Study 

On May 2nd, we had the opportunity to visit Vintage 61.  The trip was extra special because the kids got to name a drink for the restaurant.  The Sparkly Sports Juice Ball was a hit and the kids were sent home with the recipe.  If you visit Vintage 61 and request the drink, it’s complimentary.   Later that week, we interviewed a pastry chef and we had a cooking lesson with Chef Shiraz.  We learned to make mozzarella tomato bites and a pear and goat cheese cracker.   Children had additional opportunities to write reviews about different restaurants, research restaurant roles, and apply for jobs.  Students brainstormed ideas for restaurant cuisines, names, and menu items.  During the latter part of the month, much of our writing time was devoted to making invitations and signs and practicing the different skills that each child needs for their job.  

We are excited to revisit poetry this month.  We will read more poems and write our own poems.  Children will identify features of poems and will use those features in their own poems.  We will write different types of poems including list poems, shape poems and sensory poems and will experiment with using repetition and white space.   

Math 

During May students studied surveys and data.  We learned how to collect data and construct bar graphs.  Students worked individually or in partnerships to create a survey question, poll classmates, and represent data.  We analyzed data and made conclusions such as how many children voted, which choice had the greatest and fewest votes and how many more or how many fewer children chose one response over another response. 

This month we will learn about time and money and review important concepts that we learned throughout the year.  You can support your child at home by helping them identify different coins and their value and reviewing how to use both an analog and digital clock.  First grader goals include identifying the hour and minute hand and telling time on the hour and half hour.    

Reading 

During May we read many fiction and non-fiction books about restaurants.  During independent reading, many children continued to explore series books.    

Our reading work this month will focus on building stamina.  Students began the year with just 5 minutes of independent reading time per day.  They are now reading for 20 minutes and are using bookmarks to ensure that they complete a book before starting a new one. 

This month we look forward to revisiting how far we’ve come this year.  Kids will have opportunities each day to reflect upon what they’ve learned and participate in bonding experiences that help us prepare to say goodbye to each other at the month’s end. 

We have loved getting to know all of your children and are so proud of the progress they have made.  Thank you for your support.  We look forward to seeing you at our final Family Thursday! 

Warmly, 

Erin and Alina 

Important Dates: 

June 7th– No students in attendance 

June 11th– No students in attendance 

June 14th– Family Thursday 

June 15th– No School 

June 26th– Last Day of School and a Half Day 

May News

May News

Dear Families,

April marked the exciting start of our Restaurant Study Unit!  Much of our reading and writing work this month was embedded in our study of restaurants and how they work.

Reading

This month students began to take a deeper look at the characters in their books.  Students worked in character clubs as they read books from different series.    Students began by thinking about their own traits.  They then named traits that they noticed in their characters and supported their thinking with text evidence.  Students noticed patterns in a character’s behavior and used these patterns to predict how characters might act in different situations.  Students learned to compare and contrast main and secondary characters and main characters and themselves.  In upcoming weeks, students will compare the adventures that characters have in different books within their series.  Students will also have the option to continue their character work by choosing a second series to study.

Writing/ Restaurant Study

In April, we began writing facts and opinions when we launched our Restaurant Study.  Students also crafted interview questions and wrote facts about the different restaurant employees who we interviewed.  Visitors to our classroom included Colleen Mitchell, restaurant owner (Cucina Benne), Rebecca Newfield, former server, and Dara, the executive chef at Houseman in Tribeca.  We learned about the role of a manager and a sushi chef during our first restaurant visit to Suteishi.  We were excited to taste avocado rolls and edamame after our visit!

This month, we visited Il Brigante and will visit a new restaurant, Vintage 21 that was opened by the Vasseur family (parents of Peck Slippers!).  Our upcoming visits will focus on the quality and types of food offered, the layout of the restaurant and the service.  Later, students will learn to use their observations to craft their own restaurant reviews.

Math

In April we spent our math time measuring different objects.  We discovered many important ideas about the different things that mathematicians need to do in order to measure accurately.  We began the unit by measuring different lengths with our own feet.  We found that even though many kids were measuring carefully, we were all getting different measurements!  This activity led us to conclude that we needed a standard unit to measure accurately.  We also noticed that inaccurate measurements will result if we leave gaps between units or overlap units.  We learned that it’s crucial to start measuring with a unit that is aligned to a zero.  We also learned that larger units are helpful when measuring larger distances and smaller units are used to measure smaller distances.   We are excited to use our ideas about measurement to construct and use an open number line.

During May, we will study surveys and data.  We will learn how to collect data and create graphs.  We will analyze data to make conclusions.  We will notice how many people answered a survey, what were most popular and least popular choices and will learn how to compare data.

Upcoming Events:

May 9th– Vintage 21 field trip (chaperone sign up and permission slips coming soon)

May 24th and May 25th- Book Fair

May 28th– Memorial Day

May 30th– Restaurant Study Celebration (Family Wednesday!), Sign up sheet for our restaurant reservations coming soon!

Thanks to all who have accompanied us on our walking trips.  We really appreciate your help!

May Newsletter

Dear Families,

April marked the exciting start of our Restaurant Study Unit! Much of our reading and writing work this month was embedded in our study of restaurants and how they work.

Reading

This month students began to take a deeper look at the characters in their books. Students worked in character clubs as they read books from different series. Students began by thinking about their own traits. They then named traits that they noticed in their characters and supported their thinking with text evidence. Students noticed patterns in a character’s behavior and used these patterns to predict how characters might act in different situations. Students learned to compare and contrast main and secondary characters and main characters and themselves. In upcoming weeks, students will compare the adventures that characters have in different books within their series. Students will also have the option to continue their character work by choosing a second series to study.

Writing/ Restaurant Study

In April, we began writing facts and opinions when we launched our Restaurant Study. Students also crafted interview questions and wrote facts about the different restaurant employees who we interviewed. Visitors to our classroom included Colleen Mitchell, restaurant owner (Cucina Benne), Rebecca Newfield, former server, and Dara, the executive chef at Houseman in Tribeca. We learned about the role of a manager and a sushi chef during our first restaurant visit to Suteishi. We were excited to taste avocado rolls and edamame after our visit!

This month, we will visit Il Brigante and a new restaurant, Vintage 21 that was recently opened by the Vasseur family (parents of Peck Slippers!). Our upcoming visits will focus on the quality and types of food offered, the layout of the restaurant and the service. Later, students will learn to use their observations to craft their own restaurant reviews.

Math

In April we spent our math time measuring different objects. We discovered many important ideas about the different things that mathematicians need to do in order to measure accurately. We began the unit by measuring different lengths with our own feet. We found that even though many kids were measuring carefully, we were all getting different measurements! This activity led us to conclude that we needed a standard unit to measure accurately. We also noticed that inaccurate measurements will result if we leave gaps between units or overlap units. We learned that it’s crucial to start measuring with a unit that is aligned to a zero. We also learned that larger units are helpful when measuring larger distances and smaller units are used to measure smaller distances. We are excited to use our ideas about measurement to construct and use an open number line.

During May, we will study surveys and data. We will learn how to collect data and create graphs. We will analyze data to make conclusions. We will notice how many people answered a survey, what were most popular and least popular choices and will learn how to compare data.

Upcoming Events:

May 9th- Vintage 21 field trip (chaperone sign up and permission slips coming soon)

May 24th and May 25th- Book Fair

May 28th- Memorial Day

May 30th- Restaurant Study Celebration (Family Wednesday!), Sign up sheet for our restaurant reservations coming soon!

Thanks to all who have accompanied us on our walking trips. We really appreciate your help!

April Newsletter

Dear Families, 

We hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable April Break.  Please see below for important curricular updates: 

Reading 

This month we looked carefully at punctuation and various fonts to help us read fluently and with expression.  We learned that big words tell us to read with a big voice and little words tell us to read with small voices.  We noticed bold and italicized words in read alouds and in our own books and learned to read these words with strong feelings.   

In April we will begin our Character Club Unit.  During this unit, children will identify main and secondary characters and describe characters based on their traits.  Children will compare characters across books and will understand that knowing a character well can help us predict their actions.   

Writing/Content Study 

During March we wrote All About books based on topics that we know well.  We used the information that we gathered through interviews, books and the internet to help us add more to our books.  We included many different non-fiction features in our books such as a table of contents, diagrams, fun facts, headings, bold words, and a glossary.  We are so excited that so many families got to see our books on Family Thursday! 

Our April writing is based on our content study, which is restaurants.  During the first half of April we will interview a restaurant owner, a chef, and a server.  We will also begin to visit a variety of restaurants and write persuasive restaurant reviews.  We will learn to describe the service, the menu and the décor and will learn to include evidence in our writing that supports our opinions.  You can extend this work at home by visiting and talking about different restaurants that you frequent with your family.  Ask your kids to describe their favorite dish and the reasons why they would recommend or not recommend a restaurant. 

Our first neighborhood restaurant walk was a success!  We loved checking out the different restaurants in our community and noticing their similarities and differences.  We will take numerous field trips during this unit and will email all dates once they have been confirmed.  We are excited for families to join us on our trips and welcome many chaperones! 

Math  

During March students took an inventory of classroom materials.  We learned to group items into tens and ones in order to count efficiently.  We noticed that in a 2-digit number, the first digit represents the number of tens and the second digit represents the ones.  We began to mentally add and subtract multiples of ten based on our understanding of place value.  For example, we recognized that if we were solving a problem like 37 + 20, we could add 2 tens to the tens place for a sum of 57.   

In April we will begin our Measurement unit.  Children will understand that distance is measured as a series of units and that units used in measuring can vary in size.  Students will begin the unit using non-standard units (their own feet) and will grow to understand that standard units are needed to ensure accurate measurements. 

Important Dates 

Colleen visits on Wednesday April 11th for an interview with a restaurant owner. 🙂 Thanks Colleen!

First Grade visits Suteishi Sushi Restaurant.

Many More Trips Coming up. We will send emails when the dates are finalized.

Warmly, 

Erin and Alina 

P.S. Regarding Field Trip Permission Slips:

We’ll be sending out many trip forms in the coming months. If you ever lose one, here is  BLANK copy. Please try to use the forms we send home rather than the blank because we always fill in specific information about the trip before handing them to families to sign. However, if you do lose a form and need to use a blank copy, please take the time to fill in the following information before handing it in to us.

  1. Your child’s name
  2. Signature line
  3. the Date
  4. Destination of the trip.

Thank you. Here is the link for the trip form. 

March Newsletter

Dear Families,

We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break with your children. Although February was a short month, we were very busy. Please see below for important curricular updates:

Reading

Much of our February reading work focused on poetry. We studied the different features of poems such as white space, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, and imagery. We read poems from many different anthologies, including our class anthology. We learned that some poems have shape, poets use specific word choices, and that poems can be about many different topics. We noticed that poets write lines and use interesting punctuation. We are excited to revisit poetry when we prepare to write our own poems this spring.

This month we will look carefully at the work of Donald Crews during our Author Study unit. We will notice how Crews uses punctuation and varying fonts in his books as we continue to work on fluency and expression. You can support your child with this work at home by pointing out interesting punctuation in their books and taking turns reading character parts.

In April, we will begin reading series books in Character Clubs.

Writing

February marked the end of our How-to writing unit. We began the unit by looking at different types of how-to books and noticing their features. We brainstormed a list of topics that we know well and could teach others about. We learned to grab our readers attention by starting our piece with a question or a reason that would motivate our reader to read our books. We planned steps across our fingers and acted out our steps to ensure that we included important details. Next, we drew teaching pictures and labels. We added transition words to show the sequence of our steps and wrapped our pieces by finding a way to let our reader know that they were ready to try out our directions. We celebrated by sharing our books with partners and offering compliments as well as helpful suggestions for future how-to books.

Children will continue working on informational writing by writing their own All About Books this month. Students will begin the unit by revisiting non-fiction books and noticing their features. We will choose topics that we know a lot about and will learn to create a table of contents, fun facts, diagrams, glossaries, and various other sections in our books. During the latter part of this unit, we will use books to research interest topics and write a second All About book based on our research.

In April, we will switch genres and learn how to write persuasive pieces.

Math

Students delved into geometry this month as we worked with Van Hiele puzzles. Children used a set of shapes to compose, draw and identify new shapes. Children learned to name and describe shapes by examining their characteristics such as the number of sides, number of vertices, and number of angles.

This month marks the beginning of our Organizing and Collecting Unit. This unit is designed to help students develop a deep understanding of place value in our number system. Throughout the unit, students will count assorted objects and will learn to group those objects into groups of ten and individual ones. Children will learn that place determines value (ie: in the number 56, the 5 represents 5 tens or 50 and the 6 represents 6 ones, or 6.) This understanding will help children as they begin to use more sophisticated strategies, such as splitting apart numbers, to add and subtract and solve problems mentally.

Content Study

In February we studied, rehearsed and performed plays during Readers Theater. Children practiced reading fluently and with expression by thinking about how their character was feeling and what their character might sound like. Children worked on projecting their voices and using their bodies as they acted out their parts.

March is an exciting month because we will begin Restaurant Study. During this unit children will learn how restaurants work. We will visit several different types of restaurants and write persuasive reviews about the businesses we visit. We will interview different restaurant workers to learn more about their roles and responsibilities. After that, we will create our own restaurant!

Important Dates:

March 15th- Parent Teacher Conferences (sign-up coming soon)

March 29th- Family Friday

March 30-April 6- Spring Break

 

School Business: Please take some time to complete NYC School Surveys. Take the 2018 NYC School Survey online.

Thank you to all who joined us on our 100th Day Celebration. We had a blast and look forward to seeing you on our next Family Friday!

Warmly,

Alina & Erin

February Newsletter

Reading

Children have been really digging into their books and thinking carefully about the way they read and engage with text. This month in reading we zoomed in on decoding, comprehension, and self-monitoring strategies. Decoding strategies target word-reading. Some important points about decoding include: looking at the beginning, middle, and end of a word, looking for a taught spelling pattern or a little word (ex: if you can read –ake, you can read it in make, rake, shake, and mistake). If you can’t decode the word, then you might skip the word and read to the end of the sentence and then think about what would make sense.

Comprehension strategies involve stopping to think about text: when we stopping to think, readers make sense of what they already know about the book, make predictions about what might happen next, and go back and reread if they are unclear about what happened so far. As we read, readers can stop and revise their predictions based on new information in the book. Children can also make connections to their lives as well as to other books they have read. Finally, readers can wonder about books by posing questions as they read. These strategies help students move beyond the text and into the realm of inferring.

Self-monitoring involves using metacognitive processes while reading to notice when something does not make sense and to choose an appropriate strategy for self-correction. Self-monitoring involves both decoding and comprehension.

Next, we are moving onto our Poetry unit. We’ll study elements of poetry including rhyme, meter, word choice, imagery, white space, etc. Later in the school year, students will use what they learned to write their own poems.

Writing

We are coming to the end of our How-To Unit. First graders thought about topics they knew well and could teach another person. We talked about the features of nonfiction texts that we had read aloud in class. Then everyone implemented these tools to create dynamic How-To books. Children made sure to include an introduction, a list of necessary materials, sequential steps, and an ending. Writers used words such as first, next, then, after that, and finally to indicate transitions between steps. We talked about how important it is to add details and be specific so that your reader will know exactly what to do.

Next in writing, we will shift focus to writing All-About books. Rather than teaching someone how to do or make something, these books teach information about a particular topics. Nonfiction features such as diagrams, pictures with labels, fun facts, glossaries, table of contents, and sections help organize and clarify information for readers. Students will use these features to carefully present information about a topic they know well. Then kids will use nonfiction text to research a topic of interest and write a second All-About book on that topics.

Math

This month in math we focused on addition and subtraction strategies through the context of the Double Decker Bus Unit from Context for Learning. Using the rekenrek as a visualization and problem-solving tool, students continued to develop complexity and efficiency in their problem-solving. By using the 5’s and 10’s structure of the rekenrek to visualize quantities during problem-solving, students eventually begin to develop higher level strategies for problem-solving. For example 8+8 can be solved multiple ways. At the beginning of first grade, students used counting on to count up from 8 keeping track on their fingers. After the doubles unit, some kids could automatically recognize it as a doubles fact. Now, a child might break one eight apart to get to the next ten

8+8 = 8+(6+2)     One 8 is broken apart to get to the nearest 10

(8+2) = 10           10+6 is a tens plus fact that most kids know equals 16

 

This kind of problem-solving sets up a foundation that leads into 2nd grade math where kids are working with multiple digits. Here is what kids might work on in second grade math.

If 8+8=16, then 58+8 = 66. If you can break apart a number you can solve more quickly using mental math.

Ex: 68+78

What is happening mentally…

Decompose into tens and ones                68+78 = (60+8) + (70+8)

Use a doubles fact:                                      8+8 = 16

Combine the tens using a known fact: if 6+7 = 13, then 60+70 = 130

Finish:                                                           130+16 = 130+(10+6) = 146

68+78= 146

Tadaa!

Content Study

Our current unit of content study is Reader’s Theatre. Readers Theatre is a fluency building unit. Children will take notice of the major differences between reading a book aloud, and acting out a story on a stage. Some important aspects of theatre include: actors, scenery, props, and a script. The script gives the actors direction: when to speak, who is speaking, and how to say the lines. This unit encourages readers to develop phrasing which involves reading words in chunks of 3 or 4 rather than word by word. Thinking about the character’s feelings helps children develop expression in their reading, which means altering one’s voice by attending to punctuation and in order to sound like the character or the storyteller.

Important Updates

Family Friday is coming up. Be on the lookout for updates. The topic will be the 100th day of school.

Winter Break is February 16-23. We hope you have a lovely break!

The New York City Rescue Mission is collecting donations for hygiene kits. Children decorated brown bags for the kits with heartwarming pictures. Please be sure to check the flyer that was sent home today for what you can donate.

January Newsletter

December was a busy month.  We enjoyed meeting new families during Meet the Teacher day and Family Friday.  Thank you to all who attended!

Reading

First graders studied non-fiction features this month.  We learned to identify differences between fiction and non-fiction books.  We found different features in our books and thought about the different ways features help us understand our non-fiction texts.

During January, we will spend a few days revisiting our reading workshop routines.  We will devote the remainder of the month to learning additional strategies that readers use to decode tricky words and understand confusing parts of books.

You can support your child at home by asking them to think about what strategies they can use when they are stuck on a tricky word.  You can continue to assist your child comprehend their books by asking questions about the books they are reading.

 

Writing

First graders wrote fiction stories in December.  They wrote stories that included characters, a setting, events, and a solution.  First graders added details by adding dialogue, thinking, feelings, and small actions.

We also began to write non-fiction how-to books.  Writers are learning to include materials, transition words, and step-by-step directions with teaching pictures.  In January we will continue to write how-to books.

You can help your child with procedural writing at home by having them name and/or write the steps for a daily routine such as brushing your teeth or making a simple recipe, like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Math

First graders completed a geometry unit about attributes.  We learned that color, shape, and size are attributes that we can use to describe and sort blocks.

In the latter part of the month, we began a problem solving unit.  We began our study by visualizing the action in different story problems.  We are learning to use a problem solving checklist to ensure that our math responses are clear and complete (see below).  We will continue to explore problem solving in January and will learn new strategies so that we can become efficient problem solvers.

You can support your child at home by asking them to model and solve simple number stories.

Seed Study

In Seed Study, students planted kidney beans.  It was great to involve so many families in our first planting day.

On December 21st, teachers from The City Growers Program visited the first grade.  We learned about worms and began to make compost.  We now have our own red wriggler worms in our classroom!  We will send a google doc requesting food scraps each week to feed our worms.  Thank you in advance for helping out with this project.  The children are very excited.

We are excited to continue writing and drawing like scientists and look forward to planting different seeds inJanuary.

 

 

Important Dates:

Monday, January 15th– MLK Day, school is closed

 

Thank you for your generous gifts.  It was so kind of you.  Happy Holidays!

 

Warmly,

Alina & Erin

 

December Newsletter

November was an exciting month for first graders.  Children welcomed their new classmates with open arms.  Children are learning about their new classmates and the adapting to new routines, rug spots, and line spots.  Please encourage your child to remember to line up in their line spot during morning drop off.  Overall, the transition from four to three classes has been a smooth one!

Please note that birthday celebrations will continue to occur on a monthly basis at the end of the month. We will put parents in contact with each other to coordinate items.

 

Reading

First Graders concluded our fiction elements reading unit.  We learned to use story elements such as characters, setting, a kickoff and other important events and a tie-up in our retells.

In the latter part of the month, we began to take a close look at non-fiction books.  We compared fiction and non-fiction texts and sorted books based on the fiction and non-fiction elements that we found. 

This month we will continue to explore non-fiction texts.  We will identify non-fiction features and the purpose of each feature.  We will practice using text features to locate important information in our books.  We will study different texts on the same topic and notice how the information presented is the same and different. 

You can support you child as they read non-fiction at home by discussing features, facts, and wonderings as they read.

 

Writing

First graders are using all that we learned during our last fiction reading unit to plan and write fiction stories.  Children are learning to choose a character and setting and plan a kickoff, events, and a solution, or tie-up.  We will learn to elaborate by adding dialogue, thinking, and feelings and will use a checklist to ensure that our stories are complete. Children will continue to work on conventions through the use of an editing checklist.

We’ve used oral storytelling to tell stories together and children have come up with many interesting characters and events.  You can try this activity at home by taking turns naming a character, setting, kickoff, events, and a solution. 

Our following unit will focus on non-fiction writing.  Children will write how-to books based on our seed study unit. 

Math

First graders completed a unit on doubling.  We studied partners and pairs and played many doubles games to help us learn our doubles facts.  

We began a geometry unit of study about the attributes of shapes.   We are learning that shape, size, and color are attributes that we can use to name and sort shapes.  We will learn that different shapes can share attributes (e.g., both rectangles and squares have 4 sides) and that shared attributes can be used to define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals).

During the following unit, we will focus on problem solving steps and strategies.

 

Seed Study

In Seed Study, students observed, sketched, and wrote about seeds.

This week we began to explore how seeds travel.  Students used straws to explore how seeds move through air and water and noticed that different seeds move in different ways. 

In the upcoming weeks we will plant seeds to observe how they grow. We will also explore the conditions that a seed needs in order to grow well.

We will plant with students on December 15th and will need several families to volunteer to take our plants home and water them over the break.  Please let us know if you’re interested in helping out.

 

Important Dates:

Friday, December 4th – Meet the Teacher 3-3:45

Friday, December 15th– Family Friday, 8:45- 9:15 –Planting Day!