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Class News

March 8, 2018

Dear Families,
   Take a peek into our 1st grade classroom!
Reading Workshop
   We are officially celebrating Read Across America this month with the work of Dr. Seuss. The students have been enjoying many favorites such as The Cat in the Hat, Happy Birthday to You, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish, Horton Hears a Who, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut and more. We worked on the poem I Can Read and talked about our own favorite places to get cozy with a book. Our celebration began with a whole school read-in where students lined the hallways and read for 10 minutes.
Writing Workshop
   The students have become experts at many topics as they read and explore nonfiction text. As writers, they are learning how to organize nonfiction into chapters, researching facts, adding text features such as headers, captions, labels, photos and drawings. In addition to their own work, the students are collaborating to create class book about sea animals.
Math & Science
   First graders are practicing math stories with missing addends. They are learning to compare numbers and choose the appropriate operation to solve a problem. We are way beyond how many in all and how many are left, answering questions such as how many did you have to start? Math stories present challenges for first graders because students must first understand what is happening in the story, then determine what is missing. Strategies such as singapore models and part-part-whole models help students to visualize the story.
   We continue to explore the properties of water with experiments such as The Shape of Water and Water as Ice. It always amazes me how a block of ordinary ice can mesmerize a child! The students had great fun dumping water from all kinds of containers and shapes in order to answer the question--What is the shape of water? Then they made predictions about the ice and watched it change over time. The students were able to make connections from their prior learning and experience about how water changes its form from solid to liquid to gas. Next we will study the water cycle.
   Be sure to ask your child about our new app Flipgrid. Students learned how to video themselves and others responding to a question/topic to form a joint response. Our first Flipgrid was called My Favorite Snowy Day Activity due to the pending storm. I hope to share that work with you soon.
   Thank you for helping your child to be successful with their homework. Be mindful of the reading component on the monthly homework. Library books, Scholastic News and other age appropriate text are great resources. These online resources are great: and
   Thank you very much for bringing the students to Math, Science & Tech Night! I know that they enjoyed the penny bridges, marshmallow sculptures, drops on a penny and lots more. I am very sorry that I didn’t make it--I had to rush home for a family emergency and could not return.
Ask your first grader about…
* Tell the value of each digit in this number, then decompose it: 444
* What is the shape of water?
* Tell about the main character in Cat in the Hat. What are some of his traits?
* What did you like about using Flipgrid?


Mrs. Gail Magid
1st Grade Teacher
Greenbrook Elementary School
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