Thursday, May 25, 2017

May Update

The end of the school year almost here (can you believe it?!?!).  We're ready to finish strong in room 26!

Last month, we began our study of dinosaurs. In the classroom, we have been reading all about these fascinating creatures. On our trip to the science museum, we had the chance to see dinosaur fossils up close. We also attended a special Science Museum class, Dino Dentists. The first graders learned to sort, identify, and compare teeth from humans, mammals, and prehistoric creatures. Be sure to see the slideshow of photos! We also held an exciting Dino Day on the Breck campus (more pictures/video coming soon!)

In math, we've been deepening our understanding of place value by studying and comparing numbers up to 120. We're also expanding our strategies for solving addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. We will be ending the year with a quick mini-unit on money!!

In Writer’s Workshop, we’ve been learning about realistic fiction. Our authors created their own characters and imagined their adventures. Then, they worked to put their ideas on paper with details, dialogue, and WOW words (not short, boring words)! But, that’s not all! The author’s have published an entire SERIES about their character as a boxed set. It’s a big task, but our authors were up for it! We enjoyed celebrating with a special dress-like-your-character day (look for a slideshow of photos very soon!) To round out our year of writing, we will have a study of poetry and songwriting.

The first graders continue to make great strides in their reading. They have grown into such capable readers and are experiencing the joy of reading everyday. We wrapped up our guided reading groups to focus on independent reading and book projects to prepare for 2nd grade. Book bags have ended, but we hope families continue to encourage regular reading through the end of the school year and into summer. It’s essential to keep those reading muscles strong!

All in all, we are looking forward a final week of first grade filled with learning, reflection, and celebration. The first graders have a lot to be proud of!

Thanks for your help in making this an awesome first grade year!
Ms. Bennett and Ms. Madden

**The end of the school year is a busy and exciting time at Breck School. Be sure to check the calendar below as there are still many upcoming events! Also, keep a close eye out for details on the Peek at the Week. 

May 26-Lower School Field Day (Land of 10,000 Lakes Theme)-9:30 for grades 1-2, 12:00 Lunch

May 29-No School for Memorial Day

June 1- 1st Grade Portfolio Viewing (AM + PM times available)
             NON UNIFORM DAY for LS students

June 2- Lower School Closing (Casual Summer Dressy Attire)

June 4-Baccalaureate Service (1st graders sing). Meet at room 38 at 4:45.

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