Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 2012

     First grade students had a great transition back to school after our winter break. We are right back in the swing of things beginning with a new science unit study on Sound. We will be exploring different concepts about sound through a variety of experiments and observations. This unit ties in perfectly with our new literacy focus on non-fiction text. Students are becoming familiar with types of non-fiction text as well as text features. We are learning how to read to answer a question, and also to think about our question as we read. Students will learn practical ways to navigate informational text to locate information that answers their questions.
     Our Math focus continues to be on measurement as we measure and compare length through problem solving and also develop accurate measurement techniques.
     Our exciting news is that we just received a letter back from the author Jan Brett. We wrote letters to her just before vacation as we finished our second author study. We received a beautiful packet of her illustrations and information about many of her books. She also wrote us a letter thanking us for our notes to her. Our next author study is Eric Carle.
     We are currently on our 7th class chapter book! This is a wonderful time of day where students listen to a class book they voted on to read. Our current book is The BFG by Roald Dahl. We have so many interesting conversations based on character, setting, problem and resolution as we share these wonderful story adventures together.

A few reminders:

·      Don’t forget to sign up for parent-teacher conferences by using the link on our website
·      Monday is the Bolton Trip- please make sure your child is ready for their fun day at Bolton!
·      Mark your calendar! Our first/second grade performance is on March 29th at 6:00 pm
·      Friday, March 16th is a non-student day.

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