Murray A. Chittick Elementary School

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Monthly Calendar

After School Enrichment

Month At A Glance


  • Valentine's Day Crafts and Gifts for our families
  • Making predictions and learning all about the Groundhog
  • Writing Personal Narratives (true stories) from our lives
  • Learning all about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
  • Celebrating Dental Health Month by reading books, making a graph showing how many children lost teeth
  • Learning many new ways to solve addition and subtraction stories and how to explain/show our thinking
  • Becoming scientists again - discovering and learning all about Shadows 
  • First Graders will be finding out about presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln during Social Studies.  Each student will complete a short report that will be shared during Social Studies during the week of President's Day.
  • During Science, first graders will begin to prepare terrariums and aquariums in order to study organisms that live on land and in water. They will observe living things in order to find out what they need to survive.
  • During Writer's Workshop, we are writing all about our opinions.  We are writing about restaurants, movies, and toys!
  • This month we will be 100 days smarter as we celebrate our 100th Day of First Grade!  
  • Students will be starting to experiment with balance in our new Science unit!
  • Students are finishing up their Realistic Fiction stories in Writer's Workshop!
  • Students are learning about Work in Social Studies! 
  •  Investigating electricity in science
  • Writing short stories about characters we read
  • Learning about the government and three branches 
  • Math - Explore the whole in fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  They are also introduced to adding tenths and hundredths.
  • Science - Introduction to Astronomy (Star Lab)
  • Reading and Writing - Finishing poetry and composing Informational Booklets 
  • In Math, students are beginning to work on Unit 5.  Students will do more exploration with adding and subtracting fractions and mixed number.  Students will also develop strategies to multiply fractions by whole numbers.  In addition, students will develop a fraction multiplication algorithm and be introduced to fraction division.
  • In Science, students are beginning to think about ideas for the science fair.  Students are deciding on a topic and question they want to explore.  Students will also be starting a new unit of study called ecosystems.
  • In Health, students are learning about the stages of growth and development, the endocrine system, and spending time learning more about adolescence.
  • Social Studies -- Class Living Time Line:  Students will create a time line of three different causes of the American Revolution. Each group will research a different cause of the Revolution, create a picture for the event, and a skit about their event.
  • Reading -- Students will investigate the special role of setting in their historical fiction novels to inform their understanding of the story.
  • Writing -- Students will create historical fiction stories of a time in history.  Students will be exposed to many different historical happenings during the Revolutionary War era.
  • Writing New Year's Resolution
  • Reading and writing pattern books
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Learning to use "I" and "We" messages to solve conflicts
  • Building larger shapes using different smaller shapes
  • Skip counting by tens
  • Learning how to use calculators
  • Playing new math games like: "Top It" and "Tricky Teen Tic Tac Toe"
  • Learning to use Number Grids to explain our thinking and help us solve "number stories"  
  • First grade learned about resolutions.  We shared our personal resolutions with our classmates and completed a special project that is displayed in the first grade hallway.  Come down and check it out!
  • We are kicking off our plant unit in Science!  We are looking forward to learning about living things.
  • This month we will also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As a way to celebrate his life and great achievements, we will begin charting random acts of kindness.  Classes will receive a special prize if we reach 100 acts of kindness by Valentine's Day. 
  • Students will be mixing liquids with water to explore changes and make observations.
  • We are finishing up our Social Studies unit on The Past.
  • We are measuring and telling time in Math.  
  • Publishing out informational texts with amazing text features and research
  • Starting our new science unit and learning about magnetism
  • Learning about the government and how important it is to our country  
  • Math - Students are introduced to the basic principles of multi-digit multiplication by focusing on extending multiplication skill and exploring the partial-products method.
  • Science - Motion and design: by using a sail and propeller we are testing the effects of motion using the standard vehicle.
  • Reading - Starting poetry.
  • Writing - Finishing persuasive essays. 
  • In math, students are beginning to work on Unit 4.  Students will extend their understanding of the base-ten place-value system to include decimals.  In addition, students will practice reading and writing decimals in words and numerals, they represent decimals on grids and on number lines, and they use place-value understanding to compare and order decimals.
  • In science, students are working on the trash power unit.  Students will continue to work in centers in order to have a variety of ways to collect information and have meaningful discussions about various topics.  Students will also be creating google slides to present their new ideas and information on trash power topics.
  • In health, students are continuing to work on activities that will help develop their social and emotional skills.  This includes making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems.  Students are role playing and acting out various situations which depict appropriate ways to deal with these issues.
  • Social Studies -- Students will be creating a colonial apprentice shop.  They will write about a day in a life of an apprentice in the 1700's, dress up for their shop, and create a shop sign to show their knowledge about what an apprenticeship's responsibilities and life was like.
  • Reading and Writing -- Students will be able to write literary essays, and learn to write well about their reading.  Students will read multiple short stories and learn to build character theories about them.