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Welcome to Grade 1

Welcome to the International School of Tanganyika’s  Grade 1 information site. Here you will find what’s happening, student activities and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts. Asante!

New Units: Healthy Choices & Math

Central Idea:
The choices we make impact our bodies and brains.

Lines of enquiry:
How choices impact our health.
Making healthy choices.

In what ways can I expect my child to show their understanding?

  • Your child can choose food to eat that will assist their body in some way (build healthy bone, give energy).
  • Your child will be able to give example of a variety of things we can do to keep our bodies healthy.
  • Your child will be able to explain in simple terms the consequences of making unhealthy choices to their bodies.

How can I help my child?

  • Talk about different activities you do in your home to help stay healthy (exercise, rest, eat, clean your body) and why.
  • Identify foods that you eat a lot of and those that you keep to a minimum and why.
  • Look at books, magazines, TV shows that show different forms of rest, exercise, play and hygiene and why it is important to get into good habits at a young age.
  • Talk to family and friends about when they started making good choices for their health.
  • Talk to your child about all the choices that they make have consequences that can be good and not good for their health.
  • Discuss what is in your child’s snack and lunch box.  What could be changed to make it healthier (food to help them focused in class, helping them to be a good listener, make them feel good in their bodies and give them more energy).

What will my child be studying in Mathematics?

Throughout this unit we will be working towards:

  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Compare, estimate and counting quantities to find out if quantities are more than 10, less than 10, or equal to 10.
  • Identify which place a number is in e.g (56) “The 6 is in the one’s column”
  • Identifying number patterns and odd and even numbers.
  • Write number stories using the + and = signs and estimate the answer.
  • Continues, creates, describes and compares more complex patterns.
  • Creates 2D shapes counting the numbers of sides and corners on plane shapes.
  • Name, model and describe plane shapes. Also sorts and describes the properties of 2D shapes.
  • Read temperature in degrees celsius on a thermometer.
  • Identify 1c, 5c and 10c coin and know their value. Count combinations of 1c coins and 5c coins and exchange 1c coins for a 10c coin.
  • Name the value of a group of coins using cent notation.
  • Recognize relevant currencies (TZ Shilling and US dollar) and combine amounts to create a large amount (50c).
  • Identify money equivalencies.

What can I expect my child to know, understand and do?

Though the use of variety of manipulatives your child will begin to show an understanding of 1 – 1 correspondence while counting. Students will introduced to the name, form and quantity for numbers up to 20 and will begin to order these. Students will be able to distinguish differences between there classmates in relation to height and other attributes. They will use this information to create different types of graphs and they will use appropriate vocabulary to explain this data.

What mathematical vocabulary will my child understand?

number zero, number names up to twenty, how many, count, larger, bigger, smaller, biggest, largest, smallest, height, short, tall, same, different, shorter, taller, longest, shortest, tallest, listen, say, think, start from, start with, start at, look at, point to, show me, odd, even, flat, round, square, triangle, circle, edge, side, coin, 1c, 5c, 10c, shillings, money, change, degrees, hot, cold, warm, plus, equals, total, altogether, 10’s. 1’s, more, less, equal.

How can I help my child?

  • Counting objects at home when setting the table, sorting socks.
  • Compare members noticing different attributes or sizes.
  • Sort household items into groups according size, colour and shape.
  • Look for numbers in the environment, noting numeral name.
  • Play games that involve counting, eg board games, how many steps from the living room to the bedroom.

(If your child is a second language learner, they will benefit greatly, by discussing concepts in their home language with you. They will then transferring that knowledge to their second language taught at school).

Kind Regards,

The Grade 1 team

Library, Grade 1 and Safe and Happy Communities

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 11.14.20 AMGrade 1 has been looking at the responsibilities people have to keep their communities safe and happy. As part of that, Grade 1 classes read Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen, with Ms Karen in their recent library sessions.

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The lion in the book helps everyone in the library.

We talked about how we keep the library safe and happy.  Among the many suggestions were:

  • Treat the books nicely.
  • Turn the pages slowly.
  • Keep books in a library bag.
  • Keep the books dry.
  • Use a soft voice.
  • Be kind in the library.

IMG_7693The first graders then made signs for the library, with silly, opposite pictures.



Here’s a sign saying, “Please step on the floor in the library” with a lion stepping all over our cushions.

This one says, ‘Be quiet,’ while a lion roars.
This sign suggests carrying the books nicely, while the cartoon character has books coming off the top of her head, her arms and falling from her hands.


We laughed at the drawings and thought even more about keeping ourselves and the library safe and happy.