The Week Ahead in First Grade B - An Example

March 9th, 2020

Last week we worked with our 5th grade math buddies, read with our 4th grade reading buddies, and enjoyed beginning to learn about the food chain. We explored the number zero and what it’s value is, and had fun going to Palega Park. Please read on for more details about what we did last week in each subject and what to expect for the week ahead.


The next round of current events for 1B has begun. Please see the Current Events document to see when your child is presenting, and please add their topic to the document. Thank you!


Last week we enjoyed beginning to learn about the food chain. The children took some time to write about what they think they already knew about the food chain as well as any wonderings. We read a book and engaged in discussion about the food chain. We identified various food chains such as: small aquatic plants → shrimp → fish → seals → polar bears. The children discovered the food that plants eat is the sun, just like lions may eat wildebeests. We discussed what carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are as well as various things they may eat. The children had great wonderings about the food chain, and even linked their wonderings to our class pet, George. 


Next week we will continue to learn about the food chain and create a model of one using classroom materials. We will also explore electromagnetism.



Last week, we continued to skip count, add large numbers, and play Target and Bank. We read the book A Place for Zero by Angeline Sparanga LoPresti and discussed the value of zero. We also enjoyed solving word problems with our fifth grade math buddies. Next week we will dive deeper into our ability to add money and extend our learning to try and make change. We are strengthening our skills for our 1st grade trip to La Loma. We’re hoping to take the children to the market either this week or next. 



Last week we enjoyed 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 learned about pronouns and applied what we already learned about nouns, adjectives, and verbs to various grammar activities. We looked at fantastic visual prompts and wrote creative writing pieces using descriptive words and complete sentences. Last week we also continued on with word work in small targeted groups and wrote our Friday 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 read a wonderful book called, Enough! 20 Protestors Who Changed America by Emily Easton. We enjoyed rich discussion about various figures in history and how they have stood up to make a difference. Last week we also took some time to celebrate women as March is Women’s History Month. We read Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and Winifred Conkling and discussed the challenges that these women overcame and the amazing work they contributed to science.

Next week we will join the 1A classroom in creating a giant map of our neighborhood, the Portola. So far, we have planned out a giant grid, cross-checking with Google Maps, and created symbols for the map key. 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.



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!


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 Bottom, the actor who promised free plays and animal protection. 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. 



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. 



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.


Kate Lewin
Susan Garrison

Friday, March 13: C4 Day, Early Dismissal


  • 5 to 10 mins problem solving with Bedtime Math (

    • Wee Ones- a first grade student should be able to work through these problems independently.

    • Little Ones- a first grade student should be able to work through these problems with some support.

    • Big Ones- a first grade student will need much scaffolding and may require extra skill sets to work through these.

  • In addition to bedtime math, you may choose an item from the daily activities here

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

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