Franklin Borough School
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Ms. Dippel, Mrs. Grillo
brought lots of sunshine and warm
weather! This month, our focus is on the
life cycles of plants and animals. We
discuss the life cycle of many animals
and hatch chicks in an incubator!
During the month of May, please work
with your child on writing the letters.
We are continuing our work with sight
words. Your child may enjoy finding
these words on signs that can be viewed
from the backseat of the car.
In math, the students are working with
shapes. Ask your child ways to create
shapes by joining them together with
other shapes. For example, how many ways
can you make a rectangle? (two squares,
a square and two triangles) Students
enjoy the challenge of discovering the
many ways they can manipulate shapes to
create new shapes.
In science, our theme is the life cycle
of animals and plants. The students are
learning about animals that hatch from
eggs. Our grade level is incubating a
dozen brown eggs that will hatch this
month. A signed permission slip must be
sent in if your child would like to hold
a chick. Please check the backpack for
Please save the date, May 26th, for
Field Day. We are eager to meet our
hatchlings and see the animals we are
studying. Please ask your children about
the care and maintenance of incubating
eggs and newly hatched chicks. Their
knowledge will astound you!
Dates to Remember:
May 26th, 2017 –Field Day (12:30 p.m.
class plans to celebrate the warm
weather in several different ways this
month. We are planting slow-growing
sunflowers and quick-growing marigolds.
By charting the growth process of both
plants, we are preparing to complete a
comparison of the growth rate. We also
are reading about plant care as well as
a variety of flowers. Our writing
assignments include pictures and
sentences about the activities we
participate in, things we see, and
places we enjoy in the spring weather.
In mathematics, we are using doubles to
solve problems, predicting outcomes,
learning about place value, and learning
about 2-D/3-D shapes. We are also
planning our next visit with our
preschool reading buddies.
Spring has certainly sprung, and our
class is delighted with the warm
weather, blooming flowers and trees, and
lessons about life cycles that this
season brings upon us. We are exploring
butterflies, frogs, chicks, and plants,
and we continue to practice healthy life
skills, especially toothbrushing and
Important Dates to Remember:
May 12 - Field Trip
May 14 - Happy Mother’s Day!
May 19 - PTO Carnival
May 24 - Spring Concert
May 26 - Field Day/ 12:30 p.m. dismissal
May 29 - Memorial Day/ No school
may we give our children the roots to
grow and the wings to fly ~ Unknown
The end of the school year is quickly
approaching. The students have been working hard
and are showing great progress. It’s exciting to
see how much they have learned since the
beginning of the year. Our daily language arts
groups have ended for the year, but I will still
continue to assist students in their classrooms
Students will continue exploring
three-dimensional shapes such as spheres, cubes,
cones, and cylinders. Next, students will learn
about measurement and data. The students will
compare lengths and heights of different
1st Grade Math:
The students will learn all about data this
month. We will explore picture graphs, tally
charts, and bar graphs. Students will learn to
read graphs and create their own. Please
continue to practice addition and subtraction
facts at home.
2nd Grade Math:
Students will continue to practice telling time
to the hour, half hour, and to five minutes. We
will begin learning about customary units of
measurement. Students will explore measurement
through hands-on activities.