The Week Ahead in First Grade A - An Example

March 9th, 2020


Dear Parents, 

A big thank you to Brad Stein and Lauren Lippman for helping our students create an amazing AVS Gala gift. We are so appreciative of all the support our room parents have given us this year!




Katie and Beverly


Last week, the students discussed food chains, specifically learning about decomposers, producers and consumers. This week the children learn about food webs, learning how food chains in a given habitat can criss cross and connect with one another.  For example, an owl eats many types of rodents, including rats, voles, shrews and birds. 



This week, we will celebrate Pi Day! We will make bracelets with beads that mirror the digits of pi. For example, we will start with three of one color, one of another, and so on and so forth. We will also show the digits through graphs and art. We will also read segments of a book entitled Why PI? which looks at how this number is helpful in a wide variety of elements in our world. 



Last week we began our week by celebrating another birthday in our community. The children continue to become more skilled at sharing their appreciation for one another during our birthday circles. We continued to identify new pronouns and applied what we already learned about nouns, adjectives, and verbs to various grammar activities. We are touching on affixes such as <s/-es> and discovering when to use one over the other, and also if any spelling changes happen. We are exploring visual prompts to spur our imagination and synthesize our writing skills. Lastly, we also continued on with word work in small targeted groups and wrote our (Thursday) Letters. Thank you for taking the time to write back to your children and send these letters back to school. We really appreciate your participation!


Next week we will continue on with visual prompts for creative writing, grammar word work, and Friday Letters. 


Social Studies

Last week we discussed how we could be better community members and neighbors during this heightened flu season. We examined how we can keep ourselves and others healthy by taking the time to wash our hands and refraining from touching our faces. We considered how we are responsible for ourselves and those we love, and we show that by following proper hygiene and giving distance when we are sick. 


Next week we will delve into our society by reading Enough by Emily Easton and taking a closer look at changemakers in history.


We are creating a giant map of our neighborhood, the Portola. We will add streets and symbols to accurately represent our neighborhood. This will be an ongoing project that we are displaying in our hallway, so please come check it out.



This week is the start of our gymnastics unit. Students will have fun making shapes and giving it motion. We will stretch the whole body using basic body positions of straight, pike, straddle, tuck, hollow, superhuman, bridge, butterfly and turtle. As students move their bodies and create shapes it enhances the ability to move and control their bodies and develop strength, flexibility and coordination!


Chomp! Last week students learned all about food chains, in art we will be creating fun animals using folded paper and markers that move to catch their food.  Students will be adding pattern, camouflage, and color to embellish their work.



First grade will be learning and reviewing the months of the year in Spanish and learning the seasons of the year. We will be talking about the different holidays around the world celebrated in the United States and around the world.  With the aid of this vocabulary, students will state the current month and identify the month of their birth. 

This vocabulary is introduced with a lot of movement games, songs, and art projects. 

Repetition is key so feel free to practice with your child at home! 



This past week in drama, first graders held a mock election, where they created campaigns for 4 of the characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I am proud to say we  had 100% participation, and our elected official was a woman: Queen Titania, who offered fairy parties every Friday and protection of nature. This week we will begin to create an original play for The Spring Drama  Performance, which will be nature themed, and involving William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 


Next week 1st grade will continue to come up with movements to Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream." We were all sad to miss the field trip to the ballet, so we will be sure to watch part of the performance in class as well!


Last week, we planted seeds and we will wait patiently for them to germinate.  This week, we will move into our unit on Ecosystems. In this unit, students will learn about the web of life and relationships in the garden.  We will read the book, The Lorax by Dr. Suess to introduce some of these concepts. After reading the book, we will harvest and make a garden to enjoy together.  Before we delight in the garden salad, I will share a practice called The Thanksgiving Address, where we will bring our awareness to all the life and elements that helped bring the food to our plate. 

Madelin Braun 
Beverly Sotelo
  • Please take a look at all these fun daily math resources!

  • 5 to 10 mins problem solving with either math games or Bedtime Math (

  • 15 minutes per night of self-selected reading either to, with, or by your child.

  • Lastly, please remember to send your student’s Friday Letter back to school on Monday mornings.


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