Wednesday, September 25, 2013

First Grade Fall Fun

We are coming close to finishing our unit of inquiry, Who We Are.  We hope that you are noticing some positive actions at home!

The students are starting to plan their summarize assessment for the unit.  Some are planning to write, produce and direct plays that demonstrate their understanding of actions and consequences.  Other students are creating posters while others are creating new endings to stories.  We look forward to these creative endeavors!

Some upcoming events:

Judge Robert J. Triozzi will be here Friday afternoon to speak with the children about actions and consequences.

Zoo field trips: Mid October

Saturday, February 16, 2013

How the World Works

The first graders had an exciting week preparing for their summative assessment for How the World Works.  The Explorers created roller coasters out of foam.  They were challenged to make their roller coaster have two hills and a loop. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

How the World Works

It is hard to believe we are in the 4th week of our Unit of Inquiry.  Our Central Idea, Forces affect the way objects move, has the children focusing on force and motion. We also had a special treat this week.  Jonah's mom came in on Tuesday and did a special Chinese New Year celebration.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

It is so hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It seem like yesterday was the first day of school.  Even our school days go by so fast.  Just the other day, one of the students said, “I can’t be the end of the day.  Didn’t we just get here?”  That comment just warmed my heart.  It just shows that the students are so engaged in learning, and their day is over before they know it!  We have so much to be thankful for at Campus International School.  Here is a list of just a few of things that we are thankful for…
·      Our amazing students
·      Our caring parents
·      The friendly grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family members, friends
·      Ms. Beers, our fearless leader
·      Dr. Abate, our Professor in Residence
·      Miss Zehel and Miss Dangerfield who will be leaving in two weeks
·      The special teachers who inspire, Mr. Albright, Mrs. Dailey, Miss Lipka, and Mrs. Pohl
·      Mr. Tyus who guides with love
·      The cooperative first grade team
·      Mrs. Karas, our IB PYP coordinator

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How We Express Ourselves

It is hard to believe that we will be completing our second Unit of Inquiry next week. 

How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Literature is one medium through which we explore traditions, values, and cultural celebrations.

Lines of Inquiry:
·       We unite through celebrations with other cultures (Connection) 
·       Celebrations (stories/literature) help people become knowledgeable/informed of other cultures (of differences) (Perspective)
·       Celebrations are unique but share similarities (Form)

The students have explored this unit by reading Cinderella books around the world.  Did you know the Irish version of Cinderella has a boy as the main character?  He is the Irish Cinderlad!  We’ve also explored the Native American Cinderella through The Rough Face Girl.  We’ve traveled to Africa and read Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  The first graders were introduced to a non-fiction book describing the countries traditions, foods, and celebrations.  The students were encouraged to look for the traditions, values, and celebrations that were reflected in each version of Cinderella. 

We were so excited to hear that so many first graders drug their parents to the library to find different versions of Cinderella. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

ADM Week

The first graders enjoyed ADM week.  We saw mismatched socks, accessories, and hats.  We also enjoyed having an extra recess.  Thank you to all of the parents who sent their child to school everyday on time!  We began unit 2 in math.  The students are exploring addends, playing math games, and writing in our math journals.  

Today was a special day at CIS.  Our 4th grade Explorers went to CSU to hear Barack Obama speak.  Many of our first graders looked out of our window to see long lines of people waiting to hear President Obama.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Daily 5 in Action

We thought we would share a few photos of what your child is doing during The Daily 5!