** First Grade Update:
The students returned from our Winter Break with much excitement and enthusiasm about our two new units of study: the rainforest and Japan. In Science classes we are learning so many fascinating things about the rainforest and we are very eager to turn our hallway into a rainforest over the next few weeks! Students are also working on an individual rainforest research project, in which they are learning about a rainforest animal of their choice. During our Rainforest Day, students will be creating the animal they researched. Our hallway will “come alive” with many animals found in the rainforest.
Our Social Studies unit on Japan introduces students to the culture, people, and geography of Japan as we try to answer the overarching question of “Who am I in the world?” If you happen to have any artifacts or specialized knowledge about either Japan or the rainforest, please let us know.
** Math has been filled with adding and subtracting up to twenty. First grade has been learning a variety of strategies to assist them in solving math problems. We have been breaking numbers down and looking how use number bonds to help us. The students are challenged by learning how to find missing addends and balancing equations. We are proud of all the hard work these mathematicians show us! We will soon be moving onto measurement and weight.
** At this point in the year, the children really seem to take off in many ways. They are more aware of their personal best and are expected to work to their potential. We continue to focus on a specific character trait each month, and the students are becoming more skilled in applying their knowledge as they work together to peacefully resolve the conflicts and problems that arise from time to time. It is wonderful to see how much our first graders are developing and growing into responsible, caring, and thoughtful citizens of our Devon Elementary School community.