Grade 1: Sink or Float and the Game of PIG

Science: Sink or Float?

In science last week we experimented with a set of solids to see if they would sink or float in water.  First we examined the solids and made predictions.  Students had many theories of why an object would sink or float.  Some students thought that heavier objects would sink and lighter objects would float.  Others thought that bigger objects would sink and smaller objects would float.  Next, students tested out each object and recorded the results.  A metal lid was of one the most interesting objects.  Depending on how your placed it in the water, sometimes it would float and sometimes it would sink.

You can continue the experiment at home.  Take your child around your home and look for objects to test out in a bowl of water.  Before placing the object in the water discuss with your child if he/she thinks it will sink and float and why.

Math: The Game of PIG

We are continuing our investigation of classification and attributes.  (See the post from November 13th for more information.)  Meanwhile we still practice our addition skills by playing games and having short “mini lessons” to review and master addition strategies.  Here is a fun game called Pig to play at home.  All you need is one die with numbers 1 through 6 on it and paper and pencil to keep score.

How to Play:

Pig is a game for 2 to 6 players. Players take turns rolling a die as many times as they like. If a roll is a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, the player adds that many points to their score for the turn. A player may choose to end their turn at any time and “bank” their points. If a player rolls a 1, they lose all their unbanked points and their turn is over.

Beginner’s Game: The first player to score 50 or more points wins.

Advanced Game: The first player to score 100 or more points wins.

Here are some questions to ask your child as you play the game:

• Does strategy matter in this game?  Are there things you can do to help you win?
• Do you have a strategy for this game?  What is it?
• How do you know your strategy works?  Is there a way you could test it?

Family Friday: Writing Celebration

You are invited to BSI’s first Family Friday of the year.  We will be having a writing celebration. First graders have worked hard on drafting, revising, editing and finally publishing their personal narratives.  Now they are ready to share them with you!  Family Friday is this Friday, December 1st from 9:25 – 10:10, right after the PTO meeting. We hope to see you there.