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1st Grade - February 2012

posted Feb 2, 2012, 7:23 AM by Helen Karamichos

Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School

1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

February 2012


Reading We started the new year with Good Morning Gorillas, by Mary Pope Osborne (our new read aloud).  We also started Theme 4, lesson 13 in Storytown, after all students scored very well on the Theme 3 test.   We have been involved with putting stories in order and reading non-fictional material.  We are trying to take the AR tests more independently to prepare us for second grade.   In addition, we just finished taking DIBELS (a test we take 3 times a year).  

We started a new math topic at the start of the year called Time (Topic 15).  This topic was fun and enjoyable for the first graders.  Although we did finish this topic just recently, we will continue to touch-up on it throughout the year along with money.  Remember, the first graders just need to know and understand to tell time on the hour and half hour.  We are about to start Topic 11 (Tens and Ones).  Once again, the topics being taught are ones that are covered in the Terra Nova Test....trying to prepare as much as possible.

Science experiments are so much fun, especially when we got to share our ‘Bubbles’ experiment to the school at the science fair last week.  After that experiment, we had another one called Mice and Hawk (sort of a game/experiment activity dealing with camouflage).  We just finished Chapter 5 (Food Chains).  After we take our chapter 5 test,  we hope to move onto a completely different unit (chapters 1-5 were based on life science, the next chapters are based on earth science).  

Social Studies In Social Studies, we continued Unit 3 (Work, Work, Work) at the start of the year.   So far this unit has taught us to put events in sequence, use charts and learn about jobs (both at home and at school).  

Greek Language
ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:
In the month of January we focused on strengthening our conversational skills which included opposites and answering questions in short answers in affirmative and negative form of the auxiliary verb “to be” in present simple. We have already started our new book and we will start using flash cards to enrich the students’ vocabulary.
ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class:

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