Dear First Grade Families,

It is hard to believe that it is June and that the end of the year is upon us!   Our little first graders will soon be moving on and up to the 2nd floor!  Sniffle! But the next few weeks will be action packed in 1-103 & 1-141.

The children are beginning to really build out their structures in architecture.  They have made plans and worked hard to match those plans in the development of their varied structures.   Children have spent a great deal of time learning about the grid system of New York City and the complicated work of planning a city.  They have really taken into consideration the needs and wants of the people in a community.  We are very proud of their progress so far!

Thank you to all the parents that donated books to support our non-fiction reading unit.  The kids have been coming up with so many questions and wonderings about their insects and animals.  Each day, they are excited to research, collect and share out the many bits of information they are learning.  We will be focusing on lifting the level of their conversations with their reading buddies within their research book clubs. Specifically, their ability to organize and share what they are learning in an interesting way both in conversation and in their writing.  We hope they will begin to examine their books, perhaps comparing and contrasting book structures, noticing how the author chooses to share different types of information.

The children will soon be transferring all of the important information that they are learning during reading, to writing rich books all about their topics.

In our upcoming Math unit, we will focus on sorting and classifying categorical data.  For example, students might create bar graphs or line plots to track the number of teeth lost in class.  In addition, students will be attempting to push themselves to think, what does the data tell me about the surveyed population?  We hope the children will become well versed in representing data in various formats such as a picture graph and Venn diagrams as well.   Later in the unit, our first graders will have the chance to conduct some data collection and representation on the upper grade students.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on June 12th for the evening Science Fair and June 21st for our final celebration where we will be unveiling our amazing architecture project!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments and/or delights.

All the best,

Sarah & Kristin