Sunday, December 5, 2021


  Welcome back!  I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable.  I’d like to mention what a wonderful job the first graders did in the Thanksgiving/Chanukah Show!  Everyone spoke clearly and loudly, no one rushed, and I’m pretty sure everyone was smiling.  I know I was!

We started a new topic and we are now learning about states of matter!  On Tuesday, the first graders at each table received bags containing either magnifying glasses, pattern blocks, or plastic fruit.  Each group made a list of similarities and differences that they noticed about what was in their bags.  Then the first graders had to figure out what was the same about all of the items.  We pulled out our science books to learn that everything is made of matter.  Some matter is solid, which means it keeps its shape even if you move it. 

On Thursday, we read in our science books that another kind of matter is liquid.  This is something that has no shape of its own, instead taking the shape of the container that it is in.  Also, some liquids are thick and some are thin.  We then took out different shaped containers and poured water from one to the next to see how the shape changed.  We also demonstrated the pouring rate of honey (a thick liquid) vs. water (a thin liquid).  Then it was time for an experiment!  At each table in the classroom, one first grader poured oil into colored water, and one first grader poured vinegar into colored water.  One of these liquid combinations mixed, while the other did not.  Ask your first grader for details!

Have a great weekend, and happy Chanukah!

-Miss Deena Tanenbaum

Sunday, November 28, 2021


  Turkeys, turkeys, and more turkeys!  The countdown to Thanksgiving is on!  We practiced our poem in the classroom, whispered it a we walked through the halls to gym, and it’s sounding really great!  For one of our centers, we’ve been creating the backdrop pieces for the Thanksgiving show.  I also brought in a special turkey to our classroom.  This was my paper turkey that I made when I was in first grade!  The first graders each made their own paper turkey, which will come home just in time for Thanksgiving.

For next week’s show, which is at 9:30 on Wednesday, please have your first grader wear a white or light blue uniform shirt and navy pants/skirt.  Also, remember that Wednesday is a 12:00 dismissal day!

It was very nice to greet each of you who came to Parent Teacher Conferences this week.  If you had a Zoom appointment or were unable to attend, a copy of the conference report is in the Take Home Folder.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

-Miss Deena Tanenbaum

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


  What can you make with construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, tissue paper, felt, some feathers, and a lot of hard work?  Well, first graders can make 28 animals out of all of that!  With the help of pictures from a great many books and magazines, the first graders saw what their chosen animals looked like.  Over the course of two days, they were hard at work creating their animals which are now on display on the bulletin boards both inside and outside our classroom.  The first graders also took time to  practice reading their reports, and then it was finally time to share with the whole class!  We gathered around the bulletin boards and listened as each first grader read their reports.   We looked at the animals they had created as well, and we gave each person a round of applause for their presentation and hard work.  What a great way to bring a unit to a close!

With the Thanksgiving and Chanukah show approaching, I want to let you know with plenty of advance notice that the first graders should please wear either a white or light blue uniform shirt that day, with navy pants/skirt.  This will help us look spiffy for our performance!  Thank you for your help, and I will remind you as we get closer.

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

-Miss Deena Tanenbaum

Thursday, June 18, 2020


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