This week the first grade transitioned from narrative writing into non-fiction. The children are thinking about what it means to be an expert in something and then writing to teach their skill. The process includes thinking about what supplies are necessary, and the steps a reader should take to successfully complete a task. Planning is the first part of writing a How-To book, then comes the writing, and finally, checking with others that all the necessary information is included. Some examples of our expert books so far include; How To Become Green, How To Brush Your Teeth, How To Take Care of a Dog, and How to Bake Cookies.
It was a very busy week in first grade! The children had their first off campus field trip and a spectacular play performance by 1A! Links to sign up for parent/teacher conferences is posted at the bottom of the page.
Congratulations to 1A!
The students in 1A were spectacular this morning when they performed in their class play based on the book, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. The book has a powerful message about the importance for people to treat the earth with love, kindness and respect. The students portrayed the living creatures who live in the rain forest and call the great Kapok tree home. They convinced the people not to chop down their tree, explaining that we all depend on one another. The performance included three songs and a dance. They sang Habitat, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands and ended the show with We Are the World.
First grade learned about early 20th century farm living while visiting Fosterfields Historical Living Farm in Morristown on Wednesday. The docents were dressed in period clothing and told many stories to the children about the former owners of the farm. Meeting farm animals such as Jersey cows, draft horses, pigs, and chickens was definitely a highlight of the day! The children experienced firsthand some of the chores of the time period such as corn cracking, butter churning, and washing and drying laundry, and cleaning a horse harness with sheep wool. It was a wonderful day filled with beautiful weather and colorful autumn scenery.
sThis week the first grade students celebrated their writing with family and friends. The children were very proud to read their “Best So Far” personal narratives. Each child zoomed in on a special moment from their life and thought about what else the reader of their story might be wondering. After writing several pieces, a favorite was chosen to fancy up. A cover was added, colorful details added, and finally, it was shared at the writing celebration.
This coming Wednesday, October 19, 2016 is the first grade trip to Fosterfields Farm in Morristown, NJ. A brown bag lunch will be provided to children on the school lunch program. Please remember to pack lunch for your child if he/she is not on the lunch program. It is very helpful to put your child’s lunch in a brown lunch bag with the name on the outside. Children should wear their white MKA shirt, jeans, and sneakers.
First grade kicked off a year-long study of food with a visit to the Primary School’s kitchen. Prior to their visit, each class brainstormed a list of what they would like to know about the kitchen and the food served at MKA. The children took turns asking questions during their visit. Belinda DiGiambattista, the owner of MKA’s food service, Butter Beans, answered questions such as: “Where does the food come from?”, “How does the food get to MKA?”, “Who decides on the menu?” and “How does the truck driver know what to bring to our school?” The children were then invited into the kitchen to look at the extra-large refrigerator and the closet that serves as a pantry. The staff members spoke with the children about their responsibilities. The children learned a lot, most importantly that there are many steps taken and many people involved in order for the food to become available for them to enjoy.
REMINDER: Monday is the first grade writing celebration! Parents begin in the library with Donna Carrara at 8:15.