I am sure that many of you have read the letter that the PTO sent out about Brookline teachers working without a contract. I want you to know that these changes will be extremely difficult for me, but are a necessary step. I also want you to know that I will continue to meet the needs of your child in the classroom: they are my top priority. I hope that there will be a quick resolution and things will go back to normal. Unfortunately, this will be the last classroom blog I will be able to send out until there is a fair contract put in place.
Please note that until we have a new contract, teachers will respond to emails only on school days, and only between 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. In addition, teachers will not write or send newsletters, nor will teachers be posting class blogs.
If you are concerned by our limits on parent contact, please email the school committee members and urge them to settle a fair contract with the Brookline Educators Union :
Thank you for your continued support!
First graders have moved on to writing reviews in writing workshop. They are reviewing places, such as restaurants, cities, vacations, and stores, or things, such as toys, movies, books, and games. In their reviews they have learned how to include a catchy opening, the details of what, where, and when, short stories to bolster their review, a rating, compare their topic to other topics, and show disagreement.
First graders are learning all about China! The students love discovering new things about the different cities in China, the variety of landscapes, some of the history and cultural traditions. So far we have learned about pandas, the geography of China, what daily life is like for young students in Beijing, the history of China, and about the Terra Cotta Warrior army.
This month all first graders began a new writing unit all about opinion writing. They began by writing their opinion about one object in the collection they brought to school. For a few weeks, they worked on different elements of the writing piece, including stating their opinion, giving many reasons for their thinking, writing about how some people disagree and why, quoting experts and people who agree with their opinion, and writing a closing for the piece. After, they used check-lists to edit their work and re-wrote their piece using great printing and attending to punctuation.
First graders have been learning the doubles in math these past few weeks.The doubles facts will help the students do many mental math problems. To practice the doubles facts the class learned a Doubles Chant - they even treated their own dance moves to help remember each line of the chant! The class also loves playing Doubles Bingo, which is a great way to reinforce the doubles facts.
This week we moved on to Doubles +1, which uses the doubles facts to help solve other problems. For example, since 8 + 8 = 16, then we know 8 + 9 must be one more (or, plus 1). To practice this mental math the class has been using manipulatives to see the relationship between the doubles fact and the doubles +1 fact.
1-B students loved learning about a few important national symbols with Ms. Dobrotka over these past few weeks. The class learned about the bald eagle, American flag, White House, and Statue of Liberty. Their work is hanging outside our classroom!
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