Kim and Jeannie

Grade 1/2 News

May 14 - 18

We introduced economic concepts through a story called “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” by Laura Numeroff. We included the vocabulary words needs/wants and goods/services in our discussion because the main character in this story, the mouse, wants many things. We reviewed the things the mouse asks for and agreed that each of them could be satisfied by providing either a good or a service. We identified goods as items needed or wanted, and services as things people do for other people. Students participated in further activities and discussion about different jobs and whether the jobs provide goods, services, or both. To connect these economic concepts to our ocean thematic study, we discussed whether dock builders, aquarium workers, and/or Coast Guardsmen provide goods or services. This helps us begin planning for our final exhibition of the year, our Ocean Jobs air scheduled for June. Each student will choose an ocean related job or career to present at the exhibition.


Other Important Information

WHOI Exhibition Center and Aquarium

 Thursday, May 31st 8:15 – 3:15

A detailed schedule of this day will be sent home next week.

The cost for this trip is $10.00, due by May 30th




Grade 1:  In first grade the students are taking the end of the year Singapore Math assessment test.  Students have volunteered through the week to start the paper-and-pencil test and can take the time they need to complete it.  It is also being done in small groups with support.  Support includes reading assistance for directions, as well as “talking through a problem” so that the problem solving strategies can be determined.  In addition, the students are able to use math tools such as the hundred grid to problem solve. Exposure to these types of tests help prepare the students for testing as they move forward into the higher grades, but is by no means the only way we monitor progress.  It is just one piece of a larger puzzle.  Observation and on-going assessment through whole group class work, small group work, individual workbook pages and unit tests throughout the year were also used to monitor progress and determine understanding of the concepts and skills that were worked on all year. 

Grade 2 – Students have been working on fractions. They learned to recognize and name one half, one third, and one fourth, and that ½ of a whole means 1 out of 2 equal parts. 1/3 of a whole means 1 out of 3 equal parts, and ¼ of a whole means 1 out of 4 equal parts. It is important for students to understand that two halves, three thirds, and four fourths each make a whole. Students also need to understand that half of one whole is not necessarily the same as half of a different whole. For example, if you want to compare ½ and ¼, they must be fractions of the same whole.   


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Have a wonderful weekend!

Kim and Jeannie